Vail Film Festival presents Tribute Awards to Julie Delpy, Christina Ricci
If you go …
What: 14th annual Vail Film Festival.
When: Thursday, March 30, to Sunday, April 2.
Where: Film screenings at Cascade Theaters and CineBistro, with supplementary events at various other venues throughout Vail.
Cost: Four-day festival passes start at $50.
More information: Visit www.vailfilmfestival.com.
VAIL — This week, the Vail Film Festival announced its 2017 Tribute recipients, Opening and Closing films and a panel discussion on Women in Film. The 14th annual festival will celebrate female filmmakers and will screen a diverse slate of 51 films, including narrative and documentary feature films, as well as short and student films. The festival will run from Thursday, March 30, to Sunday, April 2.
2017 Vail Film Festival Tribute Award honorees include actor, writer, director and two-time Oscar nominee Julie Delpy and actor and producer Christina Ricci.
Delpy will receive the Vail Film Festival Vanguard award for her outstanding achievement in film, both in front of and behind the camera. Delpy was born in Paris and first featured in Jean-Luc Godard’s “Detective” at the age of 14. She studied filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has directed, written or acted in more than 50 films, including “Europa Europa,” “Voyager” with Sam Shepard, “Three Colors: White,” “An American Werewolf in Paris,” Jim Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers” starring opposite Bill Murray and “The Air I Breathe” starring with Kevin Bacon and Andy Garcia.
Delpy wrote, directed and starred in “2 Days in Paris” with Adam Goldberg and wrote and starred in “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight,” with co-writer and co-star Ethan Hawke. She wrote, directed and starred in “Lolo,” which premiered at the prestigious Venice Film Festival, and in her most recent role, she stars with J.K. Simmons in the 2017 film “The Whole New Everything.” She has been nominated for two Academy Awards and won three Cesar Awards, among many other accolades.
Ricci will receive the Vail Film Festival Renegade award for her career as an actor and producer in film and television, from cutting-edge independent films to high-profile studio films. Born in Santa Monica, California, Ricci made her feature debut in “Mermaids” in 1990. The next year she played Wednesday Addams in the film adaptation of “The Addams Family.” She deftly transitioned to critically acclaimed adult roles in Ang Lee’s “The Ice Storm,” starring with Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver, Vincent Gallo’s “Buffalo ’66,” “The Opposite of Sex” with Lisa Kudrow and Lyle Lovett and starring with Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow” and with Charlize Theron in Patty Jenkin’s “Monster.” In 2014, she portrayed acquitted axe murderer Lizzie Borden in the Lifetime television movie “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax” and the limited series “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles,” which premiered the following year. In 2017, she executive produced and took on the role of Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife and muse of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, in the Amazon original series “Z: The Beginning of Everything.”
“We are looking forward to honoring two of the film industry’s most groundbreaking female artists in Julie Delpy and Christina Ricci,” said Festival Co-Director Megen Musegades. “They have forged their own unique paths in Hollywood and have blazed a trail for other actors and filmmakers to follow.
“We are also excited to screen a compelling program of original and often personal work from a wide range of highly talented female filmmakers, and to shine a light on women in film, both through our screenings and through our panel with leading female producers and directors.”
The 2017 Vail Film Festival will open with “Carry Pilby,” directed by Susan Johnson and starring Bel Powley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Bryne, Vanessa Bayer and Jason Ritter; and “Sticky Notes,” written and directed by Amanda Sharp and starring Rose Leslie, Ray Liotta, Justin Bartha and Gina Rodriguez, will screen as the festival’s Closing Night Film. Denver Film Festival director Britta Erickson will moderate the Women in Film panel, with panelists including producer Miranda Bailey, writer-director Johnson, writer-director Leila Djansi and producer Katie Mustard. Passes are currently on sale on the festival website. In addition to film screenings, festival passes provide access to the Women in Film panel, the hospitality lounge and nightly parties. For more information or to see the film lineup and to order passes, visit http://www.vailfilmfestival.com.