Filmmaker Todd Haynes, at left, and scenes from his new film “Wonderstruck,” which is screening at the 40th Mill Valley Film Festival on Oct. 13. Courtesy images.
Organizers of the Mill Valley Film Festival began teasing out its star-studded lineup for 40th edition this week by unveiling a tribute to acclaimed director Todd Haynes, best known for the films Carol and the Bob Dylan-inspired I’m Not There, as well as a California premiere screening of his latest film, Wonderstruck.

Haynes will attend the Oct. 13th tribute event, which will include “an onstage conversation and presentation of the MVFF Award in recognition of a career that exemplifies the art of great directing,” according to MVFF organizers. 

Starring Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Millicent Simmonds, Wonderstruck is based on Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed novel and tells the story of Ben and Rose, who are children from two different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.

Wonderstruck will be released by Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions on Friday, October 20. Stay tuned for more info on MVFF40 as details emerge.