Monday, October 23, 2017, Middleburg, VA – Middleburg Film Festival announced today the Audience Award winner for Best Narrative Film, concluding the annual four-day festival.
This year’s award went to “Mudbound,” directed by Dee Rees, who attended the festival and was recognized with the festival’s 2017 Visionary Award.
With 27 films from 14 countries, the festival featured a mix of Oscar contenders, critically acclaimed foreign language films, and compelling documentaries.
“We want to congratulate Dee Rees on her remarkable film,” said Middleburg Film Festival Executive Director Susan Koch. “With ‘Mudbound,’ Dee Rees has firmly established herself as one of the most talented and important directors working in film and television today – and we look forward to presenting many more of her films in the future.”
“We are grateful to all of our sponsors, distributors, filmmakers, special guests, volunteers, and the local Middleburg community who helped make this year’s film festival possible,” said Middleburg Film Festival Founder Sheila C. Johnson. “With their support, we have been able to share many of the year’s best films accompanied by thought-provoking conversations.”
Set in post-World War II Jim Crow Mississippi, ‘Mudbound’ follows two returning veterans—one white and one black—as they navigate a quagmire of social codes in an unforgiving landscape. Starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks, and Garrett Hedlund, the film powerfully depicts the ongoing struggle to extricate American society from a legacy of injustice.
Winners were chosen by audience ballot.