'August: Osage County,' 'Saving Mr. Banks' Heading to Napa Valley Film Festival
The Napa Valley Film Festival continues to up its profile, with this year's lineup including August: Osage County, Saving Mr. Banks, Nebraska and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Other highlights of the third annual festival -- running Nov. 13-17 -- include One Chance, Philomena and The Immigrant.
Founded by Brenda and Marc Lhormer, NVFF is designed to showcase the famous Napa Valley through screenings, wine tastings and culinary events. Movies play at a dozen locations stretching from Napa to Calistoga.
Osage County, based on the award-winning play and directed by John Wells, will open the festival Nov. 13 before its release in theaters on Christmas. The film's ensemble cast is led by Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Julianne Nicholson and Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Weinstein Co. will have a major presence at Napa, with Osage County, Mandela, One Chance and Philomena.
Disney's Savings Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, will play at a gala presentation Nov. 14. The film, set to hit theaters Dec. 13, is directed by John Lee Hancock.
Alexander Payne's Nebraska will screen during a special sneak event Nov. 12. Paramount opens the black-and-white drama in theaters Nov. 15.
Mandela, starring Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela, will be the closing-night film before its Nov. 29 theatrical release.
“We are truly humbled and honored to be presenting these outstanding films prior to their end-of-year theatrical releases,” said Mark Lhormer, who serves as the festival's executive and artistic director. “These star-studded movies are a nice complement to the over 100 new independent narrative and documentary features and shorts that comprise the main body of our film program. We invite everyone to join us in Napa Valley for a magical celebration at the most perfect time of year.”