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Napa Valley Film Festival plans star-studded return with Janelle Monáe, Laura Dern, Regina Hall and more

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Janelle Monáe attends a screening of “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” in London on Oct. 16. Monáe will bring the film to the Napa Valley Film Festival’s Film, Food and Wine Showcase on Nov. 13. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI

The Napa Valley Film Festival is bringing back its multi-day events in a big way, bringing Janelle Monáe, Laura Dern, Regina Hall and more to wine country in November as part of a unique blend of cinema and culinary programs.

Monáe is set to represent “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” while Dern is bringing “The Son” and Hall “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.”

NVFF’s 2022 Film, Food and Wine Showcase, as the star-studded event is billed, runs Nov. 10-13 and is set to take place entirely at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia in Napa. The showcase, which represents the first multi-day event for NVFF since its November 2019 festival, is also slated to feature actors Frank Grillo (“Lamborghini: The Man Behind the Legend”), Stephanie Hsu (“Everything Everywhere All at Once“) and actor/filmmaker Cooper Raiff (“Cha Cha Real Smooth“). Actor Luis Guzmán will receive a Trailblazer Award.

Actress Laura Dern, who stars in “The Son,” will be honored at the Napa Valley Film Festival 2022 Film, Food and Wine Showcase. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

“I couldn’t be more thrilled about the 2022 NVFF Film, Food and Wine Showcase,” said Cinema Napa Valley chair Rick Garber in a statement. “We’ve worked extremely hard to curate a diverse program that will undoubtedly deliver an exciting and fun-filled weekend of amazing films, food, wine and actor honorees.”

Seven films are on the screening program, beginning with Raiff’s “Cha Cha Real Smooth” on Nov. 10 and ending with a screening of the highly anticipated foreign-language awards contender “Corsage” on Nov. 13.

But each screening will unfold a little differently. Most will have Q&As, some will feature tributes, and others will be followed by dinners or lunches with the honorees. Various ticket price levels, from $20 general admission screenings to packages that include receptions, tributes and dinners that cost hundreds extra, are available beginning Monday, Oct. 24.

Regina Hall (left), who stars with Sterling K. Brown in “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.” Photo: Steve Swisher/Focus Features

Napa Valley Film Festival 2022 Film, Food and Wine Showcase

When: Nov. 10-13.

Where: The Culinary Institute of America at Copia, 500 First St., Napa.

6 p.m. Nov. 10 — “Cha Cha Real Smooth,” with intro, Q&A and Rising Star tribute with writer/director/star Cooper Raiff, followed by a reception.

6 p.m. Nov. 11 — “Lamborghini: The Man Behind the Legend,” with intro, Q&A and Spotlight tribute with Frank Grillo.

8:15 pm Nov 11 — Dinner celebrating Grillo, Luis Guzmán and Laura Dern, who will receive the Legend Award.

2:30 pm Nov 12 — “The Son,” starring Last.

6 p.m. Nov. 12 — “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” with intro, Q&A and Rising Star Award tribute with Stephanie Hsu, followed by a dinner at 8:30 pm

11 am Nov 13 — “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” with intro, Q&A and Trailblazer Award tribute with Janelle Monáe.

1:30 pm Nov 13 — Lunch celebrating honorees Monáe and Regina Hall, who will receive the Maverick Award.

3 p.m. Nov. 13 — “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul,” with intro and Q&A with Hall.

6 p.m. Nov. 13 — “Bodice,” screening only.

Tickets: Individual programs, $20-$450. VIP All Access Pass, $1,500.

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