AFI FEST 2022: Animal Films – American Film Institute


AFI FEST 2022: Animal Films

Across all of these AFI FEST 2022 films, animals take center stage.


In Polish auteur Jerzy Skolimowski’s playful tribute to Robert Bresson’s 1966 AU HASARD BALTHAZAR, we experience the kindness and the cruelty of the human world through the melancholic eyes of a donkey. Its minimalistic tale is extravagantly and expressionistically conveyed through astoundingly beautiful cinematography and a lush soundscape, earning it the shared Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and the honor of being Poland’s official Oscar® submission.

Screening Nov. 5 at 12:00 p.m. BUY TICKETS


Screening to be followed by a conversation with director Jacquelyn Mills.

Shot on 16mm film with all its analog imperfections and curiosities, Jacquelyn Mills captures Sable Island’s rare biodiversity – of seaweed, snails, the majestic Sable Island horses – and the human who has dedicated her life to preserving its beauty against the alarming destruction of trash pollution and climate change. Through a series of conversations between Mills and conservationist Zoe Lucas, we observe gentle wonders such as music arranged from electrodes tracking a beetle’s footsteps and experimental interludes of horse-hair-grafted, starlight-exposed film stock.

Screening Nov. 4 at 6:45 p.m. BUY TICKETS


Followed by a conversation with co-directors Melissa Lesh and Trevor Beck Frost, executive producer Trevor Groth and producers Joshua Altman and Alysa Nahmias.

The Amazon rain forest becomes a refuge for a former British solider suffering from PTSD, as he connects with an American scientist, and they reintroduce orphaned baby ocelots back into the wild.

Screening on Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m BUY TICKETS


When a wedding photographer mistakenly captures a dynamite blast at the U.S.-Mexico border, he discovers a wide-ranging environmental catastrophe that could threaten the future of animal life in North America.

Screening Nov. 5 at 4:00 p.m. as part of Shorts Program 3. BUY TICKETS


U.S. Premiere

A spirited young woman persuades a hyena from the London Zoo to take her place at a dinner dance held in her honor. Their plan requires a surprising amount of artistry and violence.

Screening Nov. 5 at 9:45 a.m. as part of Shorts Program 1. BUY TICKETS


North American Premiere

Off the Russian Arctic coast in a wind-battered hut, a lonely man waits to witness an ancient gathering. But warming seas and rising temperatures bring an unexpected change, and he soon finds himself overwhelmed.

Screening Nov. 5 at 9:45 p.m. as part of Shorts Program 5. BUY TICKETS


Small shimmering animals are in heat. A two-legged forest dweller encounters the lustful group. He and his companions snack on the little creatures and soon a feast begins.

Screening Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m. as part of Shorts Program 4. BUY TICKETS

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