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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…

AFI FEST 2016 Award Winners Announced

AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi has announced the features and short films that received this year’s Jury and Audience Awards. Select award-winning films will screen again on November 17, 2016, at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. New Auteurs Grand Jury Award: THE FUTURE PERFECT New Auteurs Special Jury Mention for Acting: Oulaya Amamra for DIVINES Grand…

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: KATI KATI Director Mbithi Masya

Without any memories or knowledge of who she is or why she is there, Kaleche finds herself in a field. Soon she finds a group of strangers in the nearby resort who tell her the truth: She is dead and this is the afterlife, not quite heaven or hell, where everyone is waiting to move…

The AFI FEST Podcast: Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Luke Davies and More Talk LION

Following the AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi Special Screening of LION on November 11, writer Luke Davies, actress Priyanka Bose, actress Nicole Kidman and actor Dev Patel sat down to discuss the film with audiences. They were joined by special guest Saroo Brierley — whose nonfiction book “A Long Way Home” and personal story…

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: BUSTER’S MAL HEART Director Sarah Adina Smith

Sarah Adina Smith’s sophomore feature is the story of Jonah, a man who has been split in two by grief — one who lives in the woods and another who is trapped at sea — with each incarnation looking for a reckoning with God. Actor Rami Malek delivers an exceptional performance, playing fractured parts of…

AFI FEST State of the Art Tech Showcase Launches November 12 With Anthony Batt Keynote

AFI FEST’s State of the Art Technology Showcase: Innovation and Immersive Storytelling, now in its third year as part of the festival, will feature a selection of 360-degree, VR and immersive short film experiences representing a cross-section of what’s currently possible in this new cinematic medium — and what’s yet to come. The opening keynote…

AFI FEST: Six Films That Blur the Line Between Documentary and Fiction

AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi features four documentary features, but at least six more that are impossible to define in these terms: FIRE AT SEA, A DRAGON ARRIVES!, ACTOR MARTINEZ, THE FUTURE PERFECT, FEAR ITSELF and FRAUD. The most basic assurance any live-action film can offer is that for a moment in time, what…

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…
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