20TH CENTURY WOMEN/TRIBUTE TO ANNETTE BENING
Director Mike Mills brilliantly pulls back the curtain on the struggles, tragedies and triumphs of three generations of American women living in 1979 Santa Barbara. Annette Bening stars as Dorothea, a smart and resourceful woman in her 50s, raising her son by herself for many years. Surrounding Dorothea's small family is Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a 20-something woman who has recently survived a cancer scare and returns to her hometown to reassess her direction in life; and Julie (Elle Fanning), a teenager navigating the burgeoning independence of her adolescence and the responsibility it brings. An ace soundtrack — which includes The Talking Heads and The Raincoats — drives the story and its specific time and place, while the film's impeccable production design draws the audience into the crumbling decay of its central location, so fully that viewers can almost smell the plaster.
A Tribute preceding the Centerpiece Gala screening will celebrate Bening's extraordinary career and will include a conversation with the actress.
Mike Mills was born in Berkeley, CA, in 1966. He is best known for his independent films THUMBSUCKER (2005), which won awards at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival; and BEGINNERS (2010), which won Christopher Plummer the Best Supporting Actor Oscar® in 2012. 20TH CENTURY WOMEN world-premiered at the New York Film Festival.