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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…

World Premiere of THE COMEDIAN Presented at AFI FEST

The World Premiere of Sony Pictures Classics and Cinelou Films’ THE COMEDIAN (DIR Taylor Hackford) will play as a Special Screening of AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi. The film stars Oscar® winner Robert De Niro, along with Leslie Mann, Oscar® nominee Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Veronica Ferres, Charles Grodin, Oscar® winner Cloris Leachman, Patti LuPone…

Annette Bening to Be Honored at AFI FEST 2016

AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi will honor actress Annette Bening with a Tribute and Centerpiece Gala screening at the festival. The Tribute will celebrate her extraordinary career and will include a conversation with the actress followed by A24’s 20TH CENTURY WOMEN (DIR Mike Mills) on Wednesday, November 16. Bening is a four-time Academy Award®…

AFI FEST 2016 Cinema’s Legacy Lineup

AFI FEST 2016 presented by Audi has announced its annual Cinema’s Legacy lineup. This section highlights classic movies and, this year, is comprised of nine iconic titles from film history, including Orson Welles’ masterpiece CITIZEN KANE (1941), along with films featuring the three female film trailblazers adorning this year’s festival key art: CARMEN JONES (1954), starring…

Ridley Scott Reveals the Opening to the BLADE RUNNER Sequel

Ridley Scott appeared at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi to not only talk about his many notable past projects and his current film – THE MARTIAN –but also about his upcoming sequel to BLADE RUNNER, in which Harrison Ford is set to return as Rick Deckard and will also star Ryan Gosling. Read the transcription of his very special…

AFI FEST 2015 Award Winners Announced

AFI FEST 2015 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 12, 2015 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. Grand Jury Award for Live Action Short: BOYS Grand Jury Award for Animated Short: WORLD OF TOMORROW Live Action Short Special Mention for…

POSSIBILIA: Encouraging the Audience to Interact with the Story

One of the interactive films featured in the State of the Art technology showcase, POSSIBILIA, is directed by the Grammy®-nominated filmmaking duo The Daniels (TURN DOWN FOR WHAT, 2014). The film’s interactive storytelling transforms viewers into active participants in the contentious relationship of two young lovers named Paulina and Rick. Playing in the Cinema Lounge…

The AFI FEST Interview: SOUTHBOUND Director Roxanne Benjamin

SOUTHBOUND, from the producers of the V/H/S films, centers on a series of characters that all encounter sinister forces while on an isolated desert road. It screens in the Midnight section at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi. AFI spoke with director/producer Roxanne Benjamin about this fresh new take on the horror anthology.  AFI: You were…

Benicio Del Toro Is Coming to AFI FEST

AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi has added the special event On Acting: A Conversation with Benicio Del Toro to this year’s program. Academy Award®-winning actor Benicio Del Toro will come to the festival on Saturday, November 7 at 11:00 a.m. for a conversation about his extensive career — which includes the films CHE (2008),…

The AFI FEST Interview: MACBETH Director Justin Kurzel

Writer/director Justin Kurzel broke out of the Australian independent film scene with SNOWTOWN (AFI FEST 2011), a disturbing true crime retelling of a vicious spree of cult murders in the 1990s. Curious, then, that his next feature should be MACBETH, a Shakespeare adaptation that finds Kurzel working on a bigger-budget canvas carried by two Hollywood…

New Auteurs: A Look Back at AFI FEST’s Competition Section

In 2009, AFI FEST introduced New Auteurs, a competitive section designed exclusively to raise the profiles of first- or second-time feature filmmakers. This section offers a launch pad for emerging new voices with whom we are eager to connect audiences. New Auteurs selections are eligible for prizes awarded by an esteemed jury of critics, writers…

The AFI FEST Interview: IXCANUL Director Jayro Bustamante

Jayro Bustamante’s hypnotic debut feature IXCANUL is Guatemala’s first-ever submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® — and one of the 11 films screening in the New Auteurs section at AFI FEST 2015. It follows a young Mayan woman living at the base of a volcano, who becomes pregnant outside of an impending arranged…
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