Your Guide to FEST Films Screening on Monday, November 18 – American Film Institute

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Your Guide to FEST Films Screening on Monday, November 18

Films are listed in chronological order so you can find the ones that best fit your schedule!

 

2:30 p.m. – NOBADI

In this delightful rustic tale from contemporary world cinema, elderly Robert is in need of some help and encounters a young immigrant, Adib. A classic conflict of cultures and a wide generational gap ensues illustrating modern society in microcosm, begging the question: will these two men find common ground to connect on? Buy tickets here

 

2:45 p.m. – TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (TABI NO OWARI SEKAI NO HAJIMARI)

In his most emotional work to date, J-horror pioneer Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivers a profoundly affecting account of displacement. Beleaguered by a series of uncomfortable misunderstandings, Yoko is no longer able to summon the necessary enthusiasm and wanders the streets of the unfamiliar landscape alone, spiraling into alienation and loneliness, where fears of the unknown are all-consuming. Buy tickets here.

3:15 p.m. – CHEZ JOLIE COIFFURE

Inviting filmmaker Rosine Mbakam inside her Brussels hair salon, Sabine offers an insider’s perspective of a community united in cultural roots that lie elsewhere.  A lovely observational chamber piece and affectionate tribute, CHEZ JOLIE COIFFURE heralds an important new voice in documentary filmmaking. Buy tickets here.

3:45 p.m. – SONG WITHOUT A NAME

Inspired by actual events in 1988 Peru, Georgina is a 20-year-old indigenous woman who seeks justice after her newborn is kidnapped in a child-trafficking scheme. Meticulously composed black and white cinematography imparts a richness of texture and a luminescent glow, delivering exquisite beauty in even the bleakest of realities. Buy tickets here.

5:15 p.m. – ADAM

Maryam Touzani’s debut feature crafts a delicate tale of love through a confident female gaze, revealing the imperfections and beauty of motherhood. A festival darling following its premiere at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, ADAM is a heartfelt journey of female friendship and fortitude. Buy tickets here.

6:00 p.m. – ROMANTIC COMEDY

There’s no question about it, romantic comedies are having a cultural resurgence right now.  What is it about the meet cute, the trusty sidekick, and the tearful confessions that draw audiences in time and time again?  In this unique essayistic film, director Elizabeth Sankey examines and deconstructs the popular film genre. Buy tickets here.

6:30 p.m. – HALA

Breathing new life into the classic American high school coming of age movie, writer/director Minhal Baig, making her feature debut, masterfully navigates the usual tropes of the genre to craft this thoroughly authentic and heartfelt story. Hala, a first-generation Pakistani-American teenager, is caught between the loving but suffocating embrace of her religiously conservative parents and her own burgeoning sexuality and independence. Buy tickets here.

6:45 p.m. – DESERT ONE

Two-time Academy Award®-winning director Barbara Kopple revisits the Delta Force’s mission to free hostages in Iran in 1980. Using previously unseen archival material and riveting interviews with all of the principals, including President Carter, Kopple paints an unforgettable portrait of American heroism — and its profound cost. Buy tickets here.

8:45 p.m. – I WAS AT HOME, BUT… (ICH WAR ZUHAUSE, ABER…)

Angela Schanelec’s cryptic, disjointed and enigmatic winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director award at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival takes place two years following the death of Astrid’s (Maren Eggert) husband. As Astrid attempts to maintain a sense of stability, the disappearance of her 13-year-old son Phillip and his sudden return plunge the household into quiet crisis. Buy tickets here.

9:45 p.m. – IDOL (WOO SANG)

A fatal hit-and-run accident marks one family’s devastating loss and another’s downward moral spiral in Lee Su-Jin’s luridly satisfying revenge thriller set against the backdrop of a corrupt Korean political landscape. Ambition, lust, and greed know no bounds in this cat-and-mouse neo-noir puzzle that continually remains one step ahead of the audience. Buy tickets here.

 

SHORT FILM COLLECTIONS

If you want to experience some of the most eclectic and creative short films of this year, buy tickets for SHORTS PROGRAM 4 & 5 screening at 6:15 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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