Over the past decade-plus, the Mill Valley Film Festival has made its name on a handful of attributes: an incredibly eclectic selection of films from all over the world; an almost eery ability to showcase films that end up garnering Academy Awards; and celebrity appearances by actors and directors to receive tributes and to accompany awards-worthy screenings.

For its 39th edition, set for Oct. 6-16 in downtown Mill Valley and at venues all over Marin, MVFF organizers have once again knocked it out of the park in the first two categories – and  set the bar at an all-time high in the third.

The roster of celebrity appearances at MVFF39 starts with one of the biggest names in show business: Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman, who will appear in person to receive a tribute to her career on Oct. 9, when she will present her latest film, “Lion.”

The lineup also includes a pair of actresses well on their way to having Kidman-esque careers in Hollywood: Emma Stone, who will appear at a screening of “La La Land,” the widely acclaimed musical from director Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”) she stars in with Ryan Gosling; and Amy Adams, who stars in the equally lauded science fiction film “Arrival” from director Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario”). Both actresses headline their respective Opening Night screenings on Oct. 6.

MVFF39 also features appearances by actors Ewan McGregor (“American Pastoral,” director and star), Gael García Bernal (“Neruda”) and Aaron Eckhart (“Bleed for This”) as well as groundbreaking filmmaker Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust”) – all of whom will sit down for onstage conversations after the screening of their films. as festival honorees.

“When you look at turning 39 and heading into our 40th year, the amount of energy and change and innovation we’re doing with this festival is extraordinary,” MVFF founder and Executive Director Mark Fishkin said in unveiling the lineup earlier this month.
The festival closes Oct. 16 with the hotly anticipated “Loving,” Jeff Nichols’ film “Loving,” the tale of an interracial couple that fought for the right to marry, a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court in 1967. Nichols and actors Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga will appear in person at the screening, which will be followed by a Closing Night Party at Cavallo Point.

The 411: The 39th Mill Valley Film Festival is Oct. 6-16 at venues in Mill Valley, San Rafael, Corte Madera and Larkspur. MORE INFO & TIX.

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