“Blithe Spirit” screening at two more film festivals

Blithe Spirit will screen at a couple of upcoming film festival in America. The film will receive its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival later this week.

Isla also took part in a press day for the film yesterday so we should be getting new interviews released in the coming weeks.

Montclair Film Festival

Montclair Film has announced its full slate of films and events for the 9th annual Montclair Film Festival (MFF), presented by Investors Bank, taking place October 16-25, in Montclair, NJ. The program features over 100 films, conversations, and special events, from drive-in screenings at Montclair Film’s Carpool Cinema to screenings on Montclair Film’s new Virtual Cinema platform, powered by Eventive. Programs in today’s announcement join the previously announced Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece films, as well as the Storyteller Series, presented by Audible. Passes and individual tickets are available beginning October 5 for Montclair Film Members, and October 8 for the public. To become a member or purchase tickets, please visit montclairfilm.org.

Each film in the MFF’s Virtual Cinema will have a unique set of screening availabilities, with some being available only to residents of New Jersey, others to the entire United States, some scheduled for a certain date and time, others available on demand throughout the festival. Patrons will find a full set of information for each film at montclairfilm.org and are urged to check their availability and viewing location prior to purchasing tickets.

Carpool Theater
Including the previously announced Opening Night (NOMADLAND), Closing Night (ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…), Fiction Centerpiece (AMMONITE), and Documentary Centerpiece (IN & OF ITSELF), the full schedule of MFF’s Carpool Theater drive-in screenings, located at 3 Cherry Lane in West Orange, NJ, is:

Director: Edward Hall
Producers: James Spring, Meg Leonard, Nick Moorcroft, Hilary Bevan Jones, Peter Snell, Tuni Pinnous
Cast: Dan Stevens, Judi Dench, Isla Fisher, Leslie Mann, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Emilia Fox
UK/95 min

In this light-hearted comedy, best-selling crime novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) suffers from terrible writer’s block and is struggling to finish his first screenplay. His picture-perfect new wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focused, so they can fulfill her dream of leaving London for Hollywood. Charles’s quest for inspiration leads him to invite the eccentric mystic Madame Acarti (Judi Dench) to perform a séance in his home. He gets more than he bargained for when Madame Acarti inadvertently summons the spirit of his first wife: the brilliant and fiery Elvira (Leslie Mann).

Friday, October 23, 6:30 PM

(Awards Daily / MontClairFilm.org)

San Diego International Film Festival

The re-imagined 19th annual San Diego International Film Festival will present 116 features, documentaries and short films as well as panels and live Q&As with filmmakers from around the world.

Film lovers will enjoy this year’s films either at the festival’s Drive-In Movies at Westfield UTC or on the festival’s Virtual Village state-of-the-art streaming platform.

The festival’s Drive-In Movies at Westfield UTC will premiere a new film each night of the festival. The opening night film – Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand, the third feature film from director Chloe Zhao, is the recent winner of the top award at the Venice Film Festival and the prestigious Audience Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Friday night is Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something, a powerful documentary of Harry’s inspiring work as a social activist. On Saturday night, Blithe Spirit is based on the Noel Coward play and stars Dame Judi Dench, Leslie Mann, Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens. And in true festival tradition, Sundays feature Culinary Cinema and this year’s film is Love, Sarah, a delightful British rom-com about a young woman opening a bakery in Notting Hill, London.

(SanDiegoMagazine.com / sandiegofilmfestival.com)

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