2016 – Page 3 – American Film Institute

AFI FEST 2016 Announces Indie Contenders Roundtable

As part of AFI FEST, The Hollywood Reporter will be presenting the third annual Indie Contenders Roundtable, moderated by THR columnist and blogger Scott Feinberg. This event provides festivalgoers with the opportunity to hear from a diverse panel of distinguished artists who have achieved standout work this year in independent films. Panelists will be Kate…

The AFI FEST Interview: PREVENGE Director Alice Lowe

British comedy actress Alice Lowe makes her feature directorial debut with this pitch-black comedic tale of a pregnant woman whose fetus has a lust for killing. Seven months pregnant, Ruth receives murderous instructions from her misanthropic unborn baby, who has a vendetta against society for leaving her fatherless. Coached by the fetus, Ruth lures in…

The AFI FEST Interview: ONE WEEK AND A DAY Director Asaph Polonsky (AFI Class of 2012)

For Eyal and Vicky, it is the end of Shiva, the seven-day Jewish mourning ritual when a bereaved family opens their home to visitors. Grieving the death of their 25-year-old son, the couple tries to return to their lives in different ways. Vicky is eager to get back to teaching her elementary school students, while…

The AFI FEST Interview: KILL ME PLEASE Director Anita Rocha da Silveira

This debut film follows 15-year-old Bia and her friends as they grow up in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro. As the girls try to navigate the usual pitfalls of puberty, a wave of murders sweeps the city and bodies begin to appear in the group’s usual stomping grounds. What starts as morbid curiosity…

The AFI FEST Interview: ACTOR MARTINEZ Directors Mike Ott and Nathan Silver

AFI FEST alums Mike Ott and Nathan Silver collaborate on a film that follows an actor, Arthur Martinez, as he hires two indie filmmakers (Ott and Silver playing themselves) to make a film with him as the star. Once on set, the filmmakers decide to scrap the movie that Arthur had planned to instead explore…

The AFI FEST Interview: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO Director Raoul Peck

Raoul Peck joins us in person for the inaugural World Cinema Masters in Conversation section at AFI FEST. He will sit down for an in-depth discussion with Toronto International Film Festival Artistic Director Cameron Bailey at the festival’s screening of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO. James Baldwin’s unfinished final book “Remember This House” was entrusted…

JACKIE to Screen at AFI FEST 2016

Fox Searchlight’s JACKIE, directed by Pablo Larraín, will screen as a Centerpiece Gala at AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi. Starring Academy Award® winner Natalie Portman, the film will screen on Monday, November 14, at the TCL Chinese Theatre. JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments…

LA LA LAND to Screen at AFI FEST 2016

LA LA LAND will screen as a Centerpiece Gala at AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi. The film — from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label — is directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle and stars Academy Award® nominees Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. It will screen on Tuesday, November 15, at the TCL Chinese Theatre….

Announcing AFI FEST’s Inaugural World Cinema Masters in Conversation Section

AFI FEST presented by Audi has a new section this year. The inaugural year of World Cinema Masters in Conversation features three longtime international filmmakers who continually turn out provocative, challenging works that push the limits of what is possible in cinema. Films screening in this section are I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, followed by…

AFI FEST 2016 World Cinema Lineup

AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi has unveiled its expansive, annual World Cinema lineup. World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year and features 33 films from 28 countries, including seven official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® entries: DEATH IN SARAJEVO (DIR Danis Tanović), THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI…

AFI FEST 2016 Unveils New Auteurs, Shorts, American Independents and Midnight Sections

AFI has announced the films that will be featured in the New Auteurs, Shorts, American Independents and Midnight sections at AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi. Films in the New Auteurs and Shorts sections are eligible for Grand Jury Awards. The full program information is below. AFI FEST takes place November 10–17, 2016, in the…

The AFI Interview: Asghar Farhadi on THE SALESMAN, Inspired by Hitchcock and Kiarostami

Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi — this year’s Artist-in-Residence at the AFI Conservatory — returns to his neorealist roots with THE SALESMAN, the suspenseful tale of married couple of theater actors, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), starring in a performance of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” Their lives are thrown into turmoil after Rana is attacked…
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