Director, writer, producer Karyn Kusama has steadfastly built a compelling career of remarkable films since she burst on to the festival scene with Girlfight in 2000, taking both the Director’s Prize and Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes. Since her breakout, she has gone on to explore rich genre territory in sci-fi (Aeon Flux) and horror (Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation) and helm many episodes of popular television series (Halt and Catch Fire, Casual, Billions, The L Word). Her new film Destroyer, starring Nicole Kidman, is already setting the festival circuit abuzz.

OUR SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM features onstage conversation with Karyn Kusama, a screening of DESTROYER, and the presentation of the MVFF Award. Join us after the program for a celebratory reception at Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley.


Karyn Kusama and Nicole Kidman are a match made in cinema heaven: As Kusama ups the ante on genre in this LA noir thriller, Kidman matches her by delivering one of her most extraordinary, transformative performances to date as Erin Bell, a detective who’s forced to confront the demons that destroyed her past.

6:30 pm | CinéArts Sequoia

Program & Reception | $85 general | $75 CFI members
Program Only | $45 general | $40 CFI members