Mill Valley fest ready to roll


The 30th Mill Valley Film Festival will kick off Oct. 4 with a pair of features: Ang Lee's erotic espionage tale "Lust, Caution" and Tamara Jenkins' family drama "The Savages." The screenings will be followed by an opening-night gala on Lytton Plaza in downtown Mill Valley, north of San Francisco.

The fest, which runs through Oct. 14, will present 212 films — 105 features and 107 shorts — from 49 countries.

The event will close with director Marc Forster's adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel "The Kite Runner." The fest's centerpiece program will feature Michael Schroeder's "Man in the Chair," starring Christopher Plummer.

Festival tributes will shine the spotlight on Lee; director Terry George, whose latest film "Reservation Road" is set to screen; and actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, who will appear with her new film "Margot at the Wedding."

The fest is presented by the California Film Institute.