WILD, a Story of Strength, Courage, Renewal
22 Nov, 2014
Wild, a film by director Jean-Marc Vallée, stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Dern received the MVFF Award on October 12th, Closing Night of the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival. It was presented by award-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL•E, A Bug’s Life). The film is based on the intriguing and utterly truthful best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed about a woman who, mourning the loss of her mother and a troubled past, hikes the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail in hopes of gaining closure to her past life and experiencing emotional renewal. Both Witherspoon, as the film’s main character, and Dern, playing the supporting role as Strayed’s beloved and deceased mother, give applaudable performances emphasizing female strength and courage.
Watch our MVFF37 interview with Laura Dern:
Dern, the daughter of celebrated actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd has made a lasting impression in films such as Mask, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Rambling Rose, Jurassic Park, and Citizen Ruth, as well as recently won a Golden Globe for her work in the critically praised HBO series Enlightened. Dern’s career continues on the upswing with recent cinematic hits, The Master and The Fault in Our Stars, as well as Wild.