Middleburg Film Festival 2022: White Noise, Glass Onion…

The Middleburg Film Festival in Northern Virginia kicks off October 13 for four days. It was first held in 2013, when the founder Sheila Johnson took advice from the Sundance Kid himself – Robert Redford – who thought the Salamander Resort would be a good place to hold an annual celebration of cinema. This year marks its 10th anniversary.

The black comedy “White Noise” opens the festival. Writer/director Noah Baumbach will be recognized with the 10th Anniversary Spotlight Filmmaker Award. He adapted Don DeLilloThe novel of the same name and its film version feature Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig. Baumbach screened her Oscar-winning film “Marriage Story,” which also starred Driver, at the festival in 2019.

On Friday, October 14, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” will be the centerpiece of the attraction. The first “Knives Out” of 2019 turned out to be an audience delight, and now Daniel Craig once again summons a hanging south as Detective Benoit Blanc. Writer/director Rian Johnson will also be honored with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award and its editor Bob Ducsay will receive the first Variety Creative Collaborators award. Ducsay and Johnson will join in a conversation about this film as well as others including “Looper”, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and the first “Knives Out”.

Also Friday, the Spotlight film “The Whale”, which caused a stir in Venice in September, earned the actor Brendan Fraser a standing ovation for his performance as a 600-pound English teacher who seeks redemption in the eyes of his estranged teenage daughter. The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky of “Black Swan” fame and Samuel D. Hunter adapted his play of the same name. Fraser and Hunter will participate in a conversation after the film.

The centerpiece of Saturday is ray romanothe first film of “Somewhere in Queens”, in which he also wrote and starred. The cast of the set includes Laurie Metcalf, Neighborhood Jacob, Tony Lo Bianco, Sadie Stanley and Sebastien Maniscalco. Romano will join in a chat with the producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa (“Nebraska”, “Little Miss Sunshine”).

On Saturday afternoon, the festival will celebrate composers and songwriting candidates backed by a 40-piece orchestra. Participants understand Diane Warren, Mark Isham, Kris Bower and Charles Fox. The filmmaker’s fans Jordan Pelewill be delighted to hear the chilling music from films such as “Get Out”, “Us” and “Nope” from this year by Michael Abels who receives the Distinguished Composer Award.

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Gerald R. Schneider