Now in its 10th year, the Middleburg Film Festival returns this weekend with four days of films and panel discussions located at venues in the town of Middleburg.
Headliners in attendance at the festival this year include Noah Baumbach, Brendan Fraser, Samuel D. Hunter, Ray Romano, Rian Johnson, Bob Ducsay, Stephanie Hsu, Mark Isham, Marco Beltrami, Kris Bowers, Diane Warren and Charles Fox, according to event organizers.
Launching the festival weekend is “White Noise,” from Academy Award-nominated writer/director Noah Baumbach. The film is based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name and stars Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Don Cheadle, Jodie Turner-Smith, Sam Nivola and Raffey Cassidy.
Baumbach will be returning to MFF to accept the 10th Anniversary Spotlight Filmmaker Award.
On Friday, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” will screen as the Friday Centerpiece Film and will include a discussion with writer/director Rian Johnson. He is also receiving the Distinguished Screenwriter Award and the inaugural Variety Creative Collaborators award along with film editor Bob Ducsay.
The Friday spotlight film is “The Whale,” directed by Darren Aronofsky and based on Samuel D. Hunter’s stage play of the same name from which he adapted the screenplay.
Brendan Fraser plays a reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.
The film also stars Hong Chau, Sadie Sink, Ty Simpkins and Samantha Morton. Fraser and Hunter will be on hand for a post screening conversation to discuss their collaboration.
Sunday’s closing film is “Empire of Light” directed by Sam Mendes.
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