Sponsored Post: ICYMI Apple Original Films at AFI FEST 2020 – American Film Institute


Sponsored Post: ICYMI Apple Original Films at AFI FEST 2020

AFI FEST 2020 presented by Audi showcased more than 120 films from around the world, including screenings of Apple Original Films’ WOLFWALKERS in the World Cinema section and Werner Herzog’s FIREBALL: VISITORS FROM DARKER WORLDS in Special Presentations. Read more about these films and watch the full filmmaker conversations from the festival for each feature below.


Following THE SECRET OF KELLS and SONG OF THE SEA, WOLFWALKERS is the third film of Academy Award®-nominated animators Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s “Irish folklore trilogy” and an exciting visual adventure for the whole family. Variety said in its review, “Kids need movies like this that respect their intelligence, center strong female characters and question policies of blind obedience, while making an effort to integrate the rich cultural influences of a past that’s rapidly being bulldozed out of memory.”

The film follows young Robyn and her wolf-hunter father, Bill, who are sent from England tasked with ridding the woodland outside of town of wolves. After being told to stay within the city walls, Robyn sneaks out to explore the magical world of the forest where she meets Mebh, a wild girl raised by wolves. Robyn undergoes a secret transformation, turning into the very thing her father is sent to destroy and creating a final battle between the wolf pack and townsfolk.

Watch Full Conversation from AFI FEST: 



Leave it to Werner Herzog to interrupt a world-renowned planetary scientist who has just made the simple yet astonishing statement that, “We are all stardust. Every element in our body was synthesized in other stars before it got here.” Herzog waves his hand in front of the camera. The scientist looks momentarily perplexed and then Herzog blurts out: “I think I am not stardust. I am Bavarian!” After a pregnant pause, the scientist bursts into laughter. It is a quintessentially Herzogian moment.

Herzog and Professor of Volcanology Clive Oppenheimer’s new documentary FIREBALL: VISITORS FROM DARKER WORLDS crisscrosses the globe to unlock the endlessly fascinating scientific and cultural mysteries, as well as the profound truths, represented by meteorites. The Hollywood Reporter said it best, “From pop-culture shivers to the fine-art imagery of micrometeorites — otherworldly particles gathered from everyday surfaces by a jazz musician in Norway and then magnified thousands of times — FIREBALL delivers the cosmic goods.” xx

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