By Meredith Brody | Thompson on Hollywood April 13, 2013 at 5:05PM
I stick around to see a 6 p.m. screening of "I Do," a passion project by Gary Saperstein and Mark Vogler of Out in the Vineyard starring screenwriter/actor David W. Ross as a hunky British photographer's assistant who has to choose between a sham green card marriage or leaving the U.S. permanently to live with his lover in Spain. The attractive cast includes Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Ross's lesbian best friend and Alicia Witt as his sister-in-law, and, in a delightful surprise for me, my friend Mickey Cottrell in a star turn as Ross's wise older pal. As I leave, I tell Saperstein and Vogler that it's a pity that the budget couldn't stretch to include shirts for its leading man.
I wander over to the Sebastiani Theater, the most comfortable and venerable screening venue, for "Mia," a first film written and directed by a young Argentinian actor, Javier van de Couter, with the 120,000 euro prize he won in a screenwriting competition. I wish there were more people there, because it's the discovery of the festival for me so far: a transgender woman who lives in the endangered Pink Zone, a squatter's slum largely inhabited by other transgendered women, who stumbles across a journal written by the dead Mia of the title while picking up cardboard to sell at the recyclers, and becomes entwined with Mia's young daughter and widower.
The film is delicate
yet compelling, well-acted, convincingly sentimental without being
maudlin. I'm especially taken with the two lead actresses, Camilla Sosa
Villada, as the transgender Ale, and Maite Linate as the young Julia.
Camilla Sosa Villada manages to incarnate both