Several happen to be beautifully photographed foreign titles sharing a certain religious-allegorical dimension. Based on a Gabriel García Márquez story, Hilda Hidalgo's Costa Rican-Colombian Of Love and Other Demons finds a teenage, early colonialist-era noble dragged to a nunnery, where her rabies symptoms are taken for demonic possession — and where she awakens a priest's well-buried sensual side. Vardis Marinakis' Greek Black Field finds a 17th century novice fleeing her convent with a wounded military deserter; in the forest primeval, their own sensual awakening hits a surprising major hurdle. Adán Aliaga's gorgeous black and white Estigmas follows a burly gentle giant whose picaresque adventures are cursed and redeemed by bleeding stigmata that mysteriously appear on his hands one day.
Special events include an Oct. 8 concert celebrating what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday; on Oct. 16 Tim Rutili's eccentric supernatural whimsy All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, with live accompaniment by his band Califone. Then there's the Oct. 12 revival of 30-year-old The Empire Strikes Back, the best Star Wars movie. (I might also call it the only really good one, but dare not risk the wrath of fanboys.) Who's to say a certain Marin resident, employer, and longtime MVFF supporter won't drop by for the occasion? You never know.
MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
Oct 7–17, most shows $12.50
Various venues in Mill Valley, Corte Madera, and San Rafael