Film festival season is still in full swing. One such cinematic display deserving of the same fanfare of a Sundance or Tribeca is the Middleburg Film Festival, which starts on Thursday, October 22, and concludes on Sunday, October 25. The town of Middleburg is situated just an hour west of Washington, D.C., and features a packed line-up with twenty-six narrative, foreign and documentary films. The films of seven women directors will be screened, including Ithaca, Sherpa, Suffragette, The Armor of Light, Mustang, Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict, and Miss You Already.
It’s difficult to come up with a single schedule that one should follow for Middleburg this weekend. But whether you see HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT, Spotlight, Macbeth, Carol, and/or other films, you are in for an enjoyable experience out in Virginia wine country. Ithaca’s screening is particularly noteworthy, as it will be the world premiere of Meg Ryan’s directorial debut. This adaptation of William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy was filmed in Virginia and marks another overdue collaboration between actors Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
In addition to the fantastic array of films, what’s really spectacular about the MFF is the caliber of the discussion panels that film enthusiasts can attend. Some of these Q&As sold out soon after the links for individual ticket sales went live. Spotlight producer Steve Golin and Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron will participate in a Q&A on opening night. Other special guests include Lee Daniels, Catherine Hardwicke, Meg Ryan, Abigail Disney, Marc Abraham, Tab Hunter, and Bo Derek. This year, the festival will also honor Carter Burwell as Distinguished Film Composer and Dante Spinotti as Distinguished Cinematographer. As this roster of celebrated directors, actors, and production artists reveals, Middleburg Film Festival leaders and organizers know how to bring the Oscar excitement to Virginia.[amazon template=iframe image&asin=B0117ASJ6S,B001L2FFBA,B00005QK53]