afi fest 2016 – American Film Institute

Look Back at AFI FEST 2016’s Cultural Supporters

Pictured at top: (L to R) Roberto Cicutto (President, Luce Cinecittà); Gianfranco Rosi (Director, FIRE AT SEA); Jacqueline Lyanga (Director, AFI FEST); Alberto Barbera (Director, Venice Film Festival) This year, AFI FEST showcased movies from 46 countries around the world, and many cultural supporters came to the festival to celebrate the filmmakers and their films....

The AFI FEST Podcast: M. Night Shyamalan, James McAvoy and More on SPLIT

Following the AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi Special Screening of SPLIT on November 15, director M. Night Shyamalan and actors James McAvoy, Betty Buckley and Anya Taylor-Joy took questions from the audience about the thriller. Listen below. Here’s the film’s synopsis: Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher…

The AFI FEST Podcast: Peter Bogdanovich and Beatrice Welles on CITIZEN KANE

On Sunday, November 13, 2016, at the Egyptian Theatre, Orson Welles historian Peter Bogdanovich and Welles’ daughter Beatrice Welles joined AFI FEST presented by Audi for an AFI Master Class on the landmark 75th anniversary of the masterpiece CITIZEN KANE. Listen, below, to the Q&A moderated by Scott Mantz in which Bogdanovich and Welles discuss…

The AFI FEST Interview: ALWAYS SHINE Director Sophia Takal

Sophia Takal’s sophomore feature follows two friends, Anna and Beth, both actresses with varying degrees of success, as they travel to Big Sur for a weekend getaway in hopes of reconnecting and reestablishing a bond broken by years of competitiveness and jealousy. Once away, tension bubbles to the surface, forcing them to finally confront their…

The AFI FEST Interview: Peter Bogdanovich on Orson Welles’ CITIZEN KANE

Ranked at the top of AFI’s list of the greatest films of all time, Orson Welles’ portrait of newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane (a thinly veiled stand-in for William Randolph Hearst) is brilliant, blistering and beautiful. The story moves through the tragedies and triumphs of Kane’s life, from a happy childhood in snowy Colorado cut…

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…

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: 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…

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….

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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