The Virginia Film Festival announced today that it has added several films to its recently unveiled 2021 program – including two of the most talked-about titles at this year’s festival.
The Virginia Film Festival is hosted by the University of Virginia and the Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts.
Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut, Passing, is an intimate racial identity drama starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga in which a Black woman in 1920s New York turns her world upside down as her life intertwines with a former childhood friend becomes that white as passes. Passing will be presented at the Paramount Theater on Friday, October 29th at 5:00 p.m.
The Prodigal Daughter, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, is a psychodrama based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante. Olivia Colman plays a mother obsessed with another mother, played by Dakota Johnson, who has flashbacks to her younger days trying to balance her life as a teacher and parent. The Lost Daughter will be presented on Sunday, October 31st at 4:30 pm at the Paramount Theater.
The festival also announced the recording of the Apple TV documentary 9/11: Inside the President’s War Room, a rare inside look at the events of that fateful day from the eyes of President George W. Bush and members of his closest circle. William J. Antholis, Director and CEO of the Miller Center, is on stage from longtime ABC television journalist and White House correspondent Ann Compton to speak to panelists including former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card and former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor Karl Rove, who will appear virtually. 9/11: Inside the President’s War Room will be presented on Friday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m. at the Culbreth Theater. 9/11: Inside the President’s War Room is supported by the Miller Center.
Finally, the festival is celebrating the holiday weekend by creating a scare in the air with Halloween classics celebrating anniversaries to its drive-in series at Morven Farm. On Thursday, October 28th, the drive-in audience can enjoy the 90th anniversary of the 1931 classic Dracula with Bela Lugosi. On Friday, October 29th, the VAFF will present a screening to mark the 25th anniversary of Wes Cravens Scream with Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette. On Saturday October 30th, get ready for a return visit to the hungriest and most dangerous plant in film history with a VAFF screening of Little Shop of Horrors, which turned 35 this year, the horror / comedy / music gem from 1986 by Frank Oz, starring Rick Moranis, Steve Martin and Ellen Greene and with a number of high profile cameos.
The Drive-In Movies Series 2021 is presented by Morven Farm and UVA Arts: Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts.
A mask is required for all VAFF events that take place indoors, regardless of the vaccination status. In accordance with The Paramount Theater guidelines, VAFF events at The Paramount require proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the event along with photo ID.
Tickets for VAFF 2021 are now available at virginiafilmfestival.org; in person at the UVA Arts box office in the lobby of the UVA Drama Building, open Tuesday to Friday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm; and by phone at 434-924-3376. From Wednesday, October 27th, tickets will also be available at the festival’s downtown box office in the lobby of the Violet Crown.