The organizers of the Middleburg Film Festival announced this year’s hotly anticipated lineup. Now in its sixth year, the festival will open with Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma. The film shot entirely in black and white stars Yalitza Aparicio, a young domestic worker in Roma, Mexico City. Aparicio will also be awarded the Rising Star Award at the festival.
Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner, based on the true story of Gary Hart’s run for the Democratic presidential nomination is the Saturday Night Centerpiece.
The film will also honor female visionaries. Maggie Gyllenhaal will receive the Leading Actress Award, Nadine Labaki will receive the Visionary Award, Aparicio will receive the Rising Star award, and singer/songwriter Diane Warren who will perform a selection of her songs in special concert will receive the Impact Award. Warren has been nominated for nine Academy Awards and her latest work can be heard in A Star Is Born and the RBG documentary.
“Celebrating and highlighting the accomplishments of women in film is very important to all of us at the Middleburg Film Festival,” said Middleburg Film Festival Executive Director Susan Koch. “We’re especially thrilled this year to be able to honor such a diverse group of talented women, both behind and in front of the camera.”
“This year’s film slate literally takes us around the world – from the rugged landscapes of Iceland to the streets of Beirut to 1970’s Mexico City to an isolated village in Italy,” said Middleburg Film Festival Founder Sheila C. Johnson. “These remarkable stories entertain, inform and engage us – and most importantly help broaden our understanding of the world and one another.”
Green Book, Boy Erased, The Kindergarten Teacher, Capernaum will all screen during the prestigious film festival that runs from October 18-21.
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