Middleburg Film Festival to Feature Darkest Hour, Lady Bird

The Middleburg Film Festival, now in its fifth year, will feature the riveting wartime drama “Darkest Hour” as its opening night film and “Lady Bird” as the Saturday evening centerpiece.

The film festival runs Oct. 19 to 22. Featured guests this year include actor Ben Mendelsohn, who portrays King George VI in “Darkest Hour,” as well as screenwriter Anthony McCarten and producer Lisa Bruce.

Actress Greta Gerwig will be on hand to screen her film, “Lady Bird,” which she wrote and directed. The comedy-drama stars Saoirse Ronan and tells the tale of a California nurse who works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, is the festival’s Sunday centerpiece film. The festival also has selected three spotlight films: “Call Me By Your Name” and “Mudbound” will screen Friday, Oct. 20, and “I, Tonya” will screen Saturday, Oct. 21.

Academy Award-nominated composer Nicholas Britell will be honored as this year’s Distinguished Film Composer. His scores include “Battle of the Sexes,” “Moonlight,” and “12 Years a Slave.”

Sheila C. Johnson, founder of the Middleburg Film Festival and CEO of Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, said it’s been important to her from the beginning to present diverse voices in filmmaking. “Especially in these divisive times, films have a way of bringing people together, expanding our understanding of the world and encouraging dialogue,” she added. “The festival also celebrates some of the film industry’s unsung heroes. One of my favorite events is our Symphony Orchestra concert honoring a renowned film composer—and this year we are thrilled to recognize Nicholas Britell.”

For show times and festival information, go to middleburgfilm.org.

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