Middleburg Film Festival Features “Darkest Hour” & “Lady Bird”

— The Middleburg Film Festival will feature a screening of the riveting wartime drama “Darkest Hour,” starring Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, as its opening film on Thursday, Oct. 19, followed by a discussion with actor Ben Mendelsohn, screenwriter Anthony McCarten and producer Lisa Bruce.

The festival, now in its fifth year, will run from Oct. 19-22 and feature “Lady Bird,” the impressive directorial debut of actress Greta Gerwig, as the Saturday evening centerpiece film, with Gerwig, who also penned the screenplay of this uproarious comedy, expected to attend.

Other featured films at this year’s festival include:

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes and Peter Dinklage, this darkly comedic drama tells the story of a bereaved mother who demands accountability from the local sheriff.
  • Call Me By Your Name: Starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, this sun-soaked romance is set in northern Italy.
  • Mudbound: Set in the Jim Crow South and starring Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund and Mary J. Blige, this film tells the epic story of two men divided by race yet bound by war.
  • I, Tonya: This selection features Margot Robbie as the infamous skater Tonya Harding in the scandal that rocked the 1994 Winter Olympics and ended her skating career.

The 2017 festival will also recognize three artists and their contributions to films and filmmaking:

  • James Ivory, screenwriter of  “Call Me by Your Name” and half of the iconic Merchant/Ivory filmmaking duo, will be honored with the 2017 Legacy Award for 60 years as a director and/or screenwriter of such classic films as “Howard’s End,” “The Remains of the Day” and “A Room with a View.”
  • Dee Rees, director of “Mudbound,” “Bessie” and “Pariah,” will receive the 2017 Visionary Award.
  • Academy Award-nominated composer Nicholas Britell will be honored as this year’s Distinguished Film Composer on Oct. 21. The Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra will present a selection of his most memorable scores accompanied by film clips, and Britell will perform two solo piano pieces and discuss his creative process.

For showtimes, tickets and festival information, please visit middleburgfilm.org.