Napa Valley Film Festival
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November 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - November 13, 2016 @ 10:00 pm
Uptown Theatre – 2016 Napa Valley Film Festival – Programming
The Rebound – Wed, 11/9 @ 10:00am
The Rebound is the unlikely but true account of the Miami Heat Wheels’ quest for victory and redemption during the year following a crushing defeat at the wheelchair basketball national championships. Director Shaina Allen’s high octane film presents us with a story of unwavering resolve and a testament to mankind’s innate ability to overcome life’s toughest challenges, including those beyond what meets the eye. NVFF is proud to host Shaina, Michael Esposito, and some of the wheelchair basketball players at this year’s festival.
Colin Hay: Waiting for My Real Life – Wed, 11/9 @ 1:30pm
Colin Hay: Waiting for My Real Life chronicles the inspiring personal and artistic journey of the singer-songwriter and former Men At Work front man, from dizzying heights to staggering lows to finding salvation through song. We ride shotgun tracing the surprisingly swift rise to superstardom of Men At Work, to that band’s equally surprising and rapid demise, to Colin’s long, slow climb back to relevance and resonance, ever finding salvation through song. Ultimately, commitment to his craft and the development of a truly one-of-a-kind stage show set Colin on the path that led him to a deeply satisfying solo career, one that is still ascending. With sold-out shows, and a word-of-mouth reputation for providing one of the finest nights out a music fan could ask for, Colin finds himself at the top of his abilities and is just getting started.
Lion – Wed, 11/9 @ 5:30pm
What would you do if you had a feeling you didn’t belong; but at the same time you had no idea where you were from? Imagine: five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometers across India, far away from home and family. Against all odds, Saroo learns to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple Sue and John Brierley (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham). Twenty five years later as a young man, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, Saroo (Dev Patel) sets out to find his lost family and finally reconnect with his first home.
The Forbidden Shore – Wed, 11/9 @ 8:30pm & Fri, 11/11 @ 8:30pm
Politics silenced Cuban voices beyond its shores, but within, music is its very heartbeat. For the first time ever, through over 40 concerts and unprecedented access to Cuba’s streets and people, musician and documentary filmmaker Ron Chapman brings to life the most dynamic experience of the full spectrum of Cuban music in all of its extraordinary diversity. NVFF is proud to host Ron and several of the Cuban musicians who will appear and perform live after the screenings.
Custody – Thu, 11/10 @ 10:00am In director James Lapine’s taut emotional thriller Custody, three unlikely women are brought together in New York City Family Court when one of them, single mother Sara Diaz (Catalina Sandino Moreno), unexpectedly ends up losing custody of her children. Up against the stacked odds of a bureaucratic system, Sara must control her temper and learn to trust her novice attorney (Hayden Panettiere) to help prove to a venerable judge (Viola Davis) that she’s a loving, responsible and capable mother.
So B. It – Thu, 11/10 @ 1:30pm
A young girl named Heidi (Talitha Bateman) lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbor, Bernadette (played lovingly by acclaimed actress Alfre Woodard). Heidi has a lucky streak that has a way of pointing her in the right direction. When a mysterious word in her mother’s vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi’s thirst for the truth leads her on a cross country journey in search of the secrets of her past. So B. It is adapted by the beloved novel by author Sarah Weeks.
Youth In Oregon – Thu, 11/10 @ 5:30pm
When Raymond (Frank Langella) announces he’s made arrangements to be euthanized in his home state of Oregon, his family is determined to stop him. Daughter Kate (Christina Applegate) believes this is all dramatic nonsense, as Raymond isn’t eligible for Oregon’s ‘Death With Dignity’ act, allowing a terminally-ill patient to legally take his mortality into his own hands. When Raymond summons a taxi for the cross-country journey, Kate tasks husband Brian (Billy Crudup) with driving her father to Oregon. What they don’t know is that her father has a secret: he’s actually dying.
Mr. Church – Thu, 11/10 @ 8:30pm & Sat, 11/12 @ 10:00am
Mr. Church is a heartwarming film about family, unconditional love, and faith set in a time when social boundaries were far more rigid. Henry Joseph Church (Eddie Murphy) takes on the role of surrogate father to a young girl as she struggles through the loss of her only present parent, persistent financial struggles, and becoming a woman. Mr. Church efficiently supports the young girl and her terminally-ill mother while also creating a genuine, loving family environment. Veteran director Bruce Beresford takes the viewer through a gamut of emotions: the insecurity brought on by new people, the curiosity of a budding friendship, the pain of losing a loved one, the serenity of motherhood, and the joy of having a shoulder to lean on.
Magicians: Life in the Impossible – Fri, 11/11 @ 10:00am
Magicians: Life in the Impossible follows four very different world-class practitioners of the dark arts on stage and off, exploring how and why these characters so passionately dedicate their lives to the artistry and craft of illusion. From the most humbling of road gigs to the grandest of performances on the biggest of stages, from finding love to experiencing terrible personal loss, and, most dramatically, to facing the prospect of losing everything for an art many ridicule, each magician is obsessively chasing his own dream. Through this provocative new film we come to understand why. We discover the secret that has been hidden right before our eyes all along: far more fascinating than the magic are the magicians themselves.
Decanted – Fri, 11/11 @ 1:00pm
Look inside one of the most intimate winegrowing regions in the world, as we follow the development of the brand new Italics Winery, seen through the eyes of elite Napa Valley winemakers and pacesetters that share a passion for their craft in this small but highly revered wine region.
Captain Fantastic – Fri, 11/11 @ 5:00pm
An unconventional family leaves its wilderness home and tries to adapt to the world outside the forests of the Pacific Northwest in Captain Fantastic, a humorous, challenging and ultimately moving drama from writer and director Matt Ross. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife Leslie (Trin Miller) have created an off-the-grid paradise for their family. In a self-sufficient, handcrafted compound, Ben teaches his six children the skills they need to survive in the deep forest, as well as providing them with a rigorous physical and intellectual education. But when a family tragedy forces the Cash clan to return to the outside world, Ben’s ideas of what it means to be a parent are challenged and he must confront the price his children are paying for living out his utopian dream.
Generosity of Eye – Sat, 11/12 @ 1:00pm
Generosity of Eye is the surprising story of a major art collection transforming into educational opportunities for African American children in Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone. It is also the personal tale of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus discovering how justice, art and family can collide in a single act of extraordinary generosity by her father, French businessman William Louis-Dreyfus. The film features beautiful artwork by masters like Kandinsky, Oldenburg and Rousseau, and “outsider” artists like Bill Traylor and Thornton Dial.
Strike a Pose – Sat, 11/12 @ 5:30pm
In 1990, seven young male dancers – 6 gay, 1 straight – were hired by Madonna to join her prominently on stage for her most controversial tour: the “Blond Ambition” world tour. Now, 25 years later, the talented dancers peel back layers of time and concealing fictions to reveal the truth about life during and after the tour. Strike a Pose is a dramatic tale about overcoming shame and finding the courage to be who you are.
Love Is all You Need? – Sat, 11/12 @ 8:30pm
Love is All You Need? presents an alternative reality in which same sex couples make up the majority and heterosexual couples are the closeted minority. When the local university’s star quarterback’s romantic relationship with a male journalist is discovered, their friends and loved ones are left in shock, followed by outrage. Intolerance can tear relationships and communities apart.
Burn Your Maps – Sun, 11/13 @ 10:00am
Burn Your Maps is a family adventure drama in which an eccentric 8-year-old American child has an existential epiphany. Young Wes (Jacob Tremblay, The Room) steadfastly believes that he is in fact a Mongolian goat herder. Not surprisingly, he is ridiculed at school and at home, supported only in a modest way by his open-minded mother (Vera Farmiga). When Wes meets a similarly displaced Indian immigrant studying to be a filmmaker, the new friend decides it is his destiny to assist the child in travelling to Mongolia and documenting the adventure. They journey together to the mysterious plains of Mongolia throwing the boy’s family into a panic. This panic only compounds current family issues and leads the boy’s desperate parents on a trip across the world attempting to make whole a family in spiritual turmoil.
Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame – Sun, 11/13 @ 1:00pm
Giuseppe Marinoni found his calling when he transitioned from champion cyclist to master bike craftsman. But after decades hunched over toxic fumes, his passion almost killed him. Today, at age 75, Marinoni is back in top cycling shape. He has decided to attempt the world record for his age group for the most distance covered in one hour, on a bike he built with his own hands nearly 40 years ago.
Pisco Punch – Sun, 11/13 @ 5:30pm
Pisco Punch tells the story of one of the world’s great forgotten spirits: Peruvian pisco. In the late 19th century, pisco was the most celebrated spirit in the western United States. Calamitous political developments in its native Peru caused pisco to disappear until relatively recently when it has made a remarkable comeback. Filmmaker Alan Kropf pours and serves up a great cocktail, told on film for the first time. NVFF is proud to host the film’s world premiere.
The Book of Love – Sun, 11/13 @ 8:30pm
Henry (Jason Sudeikis) is an introverted New Orleans architect on the verge of sealing a career-defining deal for an upscale waterfront development project. He and his quirky free-spirited artist wife, Penny (Jessica Biel), are expecting their first child. When tragedy strikes, Henry finds himself suddenly alone. While grieving and trying his best to avoid Penny’s mother (Mary Steenburgen), Henry takes to heart a promise he made to his wife concerning a homeless girl she’d seen going through their trash. Henry befriends the young girl (Maisie Williams), and the two work together to build a raft designed to weather a transatlantic crossing. A couple of construction guys join in on the project which is no small feat and a quest that draws the four unlikely friends that much closer together.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL FILMS AND SCREENING TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE