MVFF42 organizers said Tuesday that it drew more than 75,000 attendees to the 11-day event, and that the Overall Audience Award went to Opening Night film Just Mercy, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan, Academy Award® winner Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson, Rob Morgan and Karan Kendrick. The 136-minute film, which opens Dec. 25, tells the story of African American Walter McMillian (played by Foxx), who was sentenced to death for killing a white woman in 1988. A real-life, modern-day Atticus Finch in the form of recent Harvard Law grad Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) challenged a corrupt, racist system to free an innocent man.
Full List of the other MVFF2019 Audience Award Winners:
Audience Favorite – Family Films
Julio Vincent Gambuto
MIND THE GAP
Audience Favorite – Mind the Gap World Cinema
¡VIVA EL CINE!
Audience Favorite – US Cinema
THE TWO POPES
Audience Favorite – US Cinema Indie
Audience Favorite – World Cinema Indie
VALLEY OF THE DOCS