With one week to go until the Middleburg Film Festival, fans are busy choosing their screenings and securing last minute tickets where they can.
The pastoral town, nestled into the foothills of the the Blue Ridge and Bull Run Mountains, is known for its landscape and wineries. And now, entering its fifth year, the Middleburg Film Festival, too.
This year’s schedule is packed full of titles you’ve been waiting for all year. The festival begins Thursday, October 19 with a screening and Q&A from the fine folks of “Darkest Hour.” Other films in the lineup include “Breathe” from Andy Serkis, and the sensual “Call Me By Your Name” from Luca Guadagnino. “I, Tonya” is available for multiple viewing opportunities.
“Last Flag Flying,” “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” are all on the schedule. Even the already released “Battle of the Sexes” will be there with a Q&A with cast members.
In all, 27 films are set to screen during the four day festival. In addition, there are conversations with director Dee Rees and composers Nicholas Britell and Marco Beltrami.
But potentially more interesting than what is on the schedule is what is not.
Several potential awards players have not yet screened anywhere. Paul Thomas Anderson‘s collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis doesn’t have a title yet. And neither that film or Steven Spielberg‘s “The Post” have been forthcoming with clips or posters or production stills.
Neither of those films, nor “Murder on the Orient Express” have appeared in any festival lineup thus far.
A few other notable titles have screened at earlier festivals, but are not currently set for Middleburg. Those include “Downsizing,” “Suburbicon,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Secret screenings are not rare on the film festival circuit. When festivals offer them, it is not just the title that is kept quiet, but the fact that it is on the schedule at all. Often, attendees don’t learn about these screenings until a few hours or possibly a day before.
It seems likely that Middleburg will have a secret screening. The only question is, what will it be?
Middleburg Film Festival runs from October 19-22.