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Festival Director Sophoan Sorn and festival collaborators and partners are proud to open the 10th anniversary edition of the San Joaquin International Film Festival with Paul Dano's lauded directorial feature debut, "Wildlife."

An IFC Films release
Directed by Paul Dano
107 minutes. PG-13
USA. 2018. In English.
Starring Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp

"The entire cast does exceptional work, but the movie is anchored by Carey Mulligan, who gives the best performance in any film I've seen this year.”
– Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Three nominations for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards: Best First Feature, Best Female Lead, and Best Cinematogrpaher. Winner of the Truly Moving Picture Award at the 2018 Heartland Film Festival.

Based on the novel by Richard Ford, and the directorial debut of Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Love & Mercy). 14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry–a housewife and a golf pro–in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job–and his sense of purpose–he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.

"An affecting coming-of-age drama based on a superb book and directed by an exceptional actor in his directorial debut.”
– Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Official Trailer


Select Festivals

- 2018 Sundance Film Festival, USA
- 2018 International Critics' Week, Cannes, France
- 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
- 2018 BFI London Film Festival, United Kingdom
- 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, USA: 3 nominations for Best First Feature, Best Female Lead, and Best Cinematography

Director Paul Dano

Paul Dano is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and musician. He was born in New York City in 1984. He made his Broadway acting debut at 12, and made his film debut with The Newcomers (2000). He won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance for his role in L.I.E. (2002), and received accolades for his role as Dwayne Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine (2006). For his dual roles as Paul and Eli Sunday in There Will Be Blood (2007), he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. His many acting credits also include Looper (2012), Prisoners (2013), 12 Years a Slave (2013), and Youth (2015). Wildlife (2018) is his feature directorial debut.



Sat., Dec. 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM
San Joaquin Premiere
Opening Film

Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton



Narrative Feature Film

Director: Paul Dano
Screenwriters: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan
Producers: Alex Saks, Paul Dano, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker
Cinematographer: Diego Garcia
Editors: Louise Ford, Matthew Hannam
Music: David Lang

Permission: IFC Films


This screening is sponsored by:
Emily Ballus

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