November 2016 – Page 2 – American Film Institute

AFI Conservatory Dean to Step Down at the End of the Academic Year

The American Film Institute today announced that Jan Schuette will depart as Dean of the AFI Conservatory at the end of the academic year.  Schuette, who will have led AFI’s prestigious film school for three years, informed AFI this week that he intends to continue his work in academia and also resume his professional work…

The AFI FEST Interview: Tributee Annette Bening, Star of 20TH CENTURY WOMEN

Annette Bening has triumphed on both stage and screen since the 1980s. Early in her career, she scored a Tony® nomination for her Broadway debut in COASTAL DISTURBANCES. She has four Academy Award® nominations to her name, for THE GRIFTERS (1990), AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999), BEING JULIA (2004) and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (2010), plus…

The AFI FEST Interview: Tributee Isabelle Huppert, Star of ELLE and THINGS TO COME

French icon Isabelle Huppert’s career spans more than four decades, with no signs of slowing down. From her BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer in THE LACEMAKER (1977), to her César Award for Best Actress in Claude Chabrol’s LA CÉRÉMONIE (1995), to her turns in master works by world auteurs from the early 2000s onward…

The AFI FEST Interview: THE EYES OF MY MOTHER Director Nicolas Pesce

Beautifully lensed in black and white, Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature THE EYES OF MY MOTHER immediately immerses the viewer in its Gothic atmosphere with a jarring act of violence that disrupts the seemingly bucolic life of a Midwestern Portuguese-American family. Francisca, the young daughter of a farmer and his surgeon wife, carries the effects of…

The AFI FEST Interview: DIVINES Director Houda Benyamina

Disenchanted and unimpressed by the parameters of life in the slums of Paris, a fearless and ferocious teenager named Dounia unabashedly dreams of prosperity, not only for herself but also for her charismatic best friend and alcoholic mother. In her audacious pursuit of money, power and respect, she aligns herself with a ruthless gangster who…

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