Both the director and the actress are expected to attend the screening, which will be the film’s U.S. premiere, as well as the Opening Night Gala at the Marin Country Mart. 

Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin in “A Private War.” Photo courtesy Aviron Pictures.
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman is bringing his first narrative feature film to the opening night of the 41st Mill Valley Film Festival for its U.S. premiere on October 4.

The film, A Private War, stars Rosamund Pike as the late American-born British war reporter Marie Colvin and is based on Marie Brenner’s 2012 Vanity Fair articleMarie Colvin’s Private War.” Colvin career spanned two decades and “pushed her to the top of her male-dominated field—a singular passion that jeopardized her personal relationships and her own health.” She died in 2012 while covering the siege at Homs in Syria. 

Pike, who was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for 2014’s Gone Girl, and Heineman, who was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary for 2015’s Cartel Land, and won the Directors Guild’s documentary award for that film and City of Ghosts, will both attend the screening, as well as the Opening Night Gala at the Marin Country Mart. 

MVFF’s unveiling of the A Private War screening comes on the heels of previous announcements about Paul Dano’s Wildlife and Kannapolis: A Movie Portrait, as well as a MVFF Music event at the Sweetwater Music Hall featuring former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.

The 411: The 41st Mill Valley Film Festival runs October 4-14, 2018 at the CinéArts@Sequoia in Mill Valley, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael and venues throughout the Bay Area. MORE INFO & TIX.