Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in August: Asage County

Napa Valley Film Festival

Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in August: Asage CountyIn its third year and hosted across the valley, the  Napa Valley Film Festival is awesome. These folks not only put together a great film festival, they also have a great web site. Check it out!

I went this year, for a hurried trip, because I wanted to see Meryl Streep‘s new movie: August: Asage County. The film opens in the US on December 25, 2013. (Yes, in my opinion Meryl Streep is the greatest living actress in at least the US, perhaps the world!)

Oscar-talk abounds and for good reason. August: Asage County is based on “Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name [and] made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run and was the winner of five Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Play.”* I was very glad I was unaware of the play, which has several completely unexpected turns of events. But even if you know the plot, the acting of this all star cast is spectacular.

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts both bring to life powerful, compelling, tormented characters. Other actors include: Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham. Abigail made a delightful appearance at the film festival to introduce the movie.

Well, those who know me know that I don’t often wholeheartedly recommend a movie, but August: Asage County is a must-see film, and I highly recommend it. Tim really likes!

*Source: Film festival press release which also includes: “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.”