Gabriel Ripstein / Road Movie, First Filmmaker, Youth, CineLatino, First Feature, Cinema of Conscience, World Cinema / Mexico / 2015 / Adventure, First Feature, First Filmmaker, Landscape, Latin, Nature, Politics, Road Movie, Social Issues, Spirituality / 85 minsTim Roth stars in Mexico’s submission for the Academy Award directed by Gabriel Ripstein. Arnulfo Rubio smuggles weapons for a deadly Mexican cartel. ATF agent Hank Harris (Roth) attempts to apprehend him, but gets kidnapped by Rubio, instead. Rubio takes him to his bosses, but during the 600-miles-long drive, they slowly befriend one another. 600 Miles is a thriller, a road movie and a relationship drama: a nail biter to the very last frame with superb performances. Winner of Berlin Film Festival Best First Feature Award.
Roger Allers / Animated, Cinema of Conscience, US Cinema, Arts in Film, World Cinema / France, Ireland, United Arabic Emirates, USA / 2015 / Adventure, Aesthetics, Art, Cultural, Food, Literature, Middle East, Peace, Poetry, Romance, Vision Quest, Youth / 86 minsAll of life’s key elements – Love, Marriage, Work, Freedom – get their due as top animation directors from around the world pitch in to create a fresh fantasia out of celebrated Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran’s celebrated poems in his international best seller THE PROPHET. Culmination of 4 years of work by producer Salma Hayek. A dissident being kept under house arrest recounts valuable lessons in a series of vignettes while a mischievous young woman causes havoc in the community. Set in a Mediterranean seaside village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra (Quvenzhané Wallis), out of trouble. A gem of a film to see on the big screen.
David Vassar / Biography, Special Event, EcoCinema, US Cinema, Documentary / USA / 2016 / Adventure, Biography, Environmental / 100 minsSPECIAL EVENT - LIVE PRESENTATION Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial - 100 Years of Wilderness The Wine Country Film Festival is thrilled to host an inspiring afternoon with Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning writer, director, producer, and documentarian, David Vassar, a WCFF Alumni. "A Walk in the Park with David Vassar" is an epic life-long film retrospective through America's magnificent Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Death Valley National Parks, among others, highlighted with personal stories from Vassar's lifetime of environmental filmmaking. Following the film there will be a Q&A with David Vassar. And an Optional VIP Reception.