Your Guide to FEST Films Screening on Thursday, November 21 – American Film Institute

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Your Guide to FEST Films Screening on Thursday, November 21

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

 

12:00 p.m. OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE

Granted intimate access to Sacks and his close circle during his final months, master filmmaker Ric Burns has crafted a deeply moving documentary that captures Sacks’ remarkable life and reveals the enormity of his spirit. Buy tickets here

 

2:15 p.m. THE LAST TIME TO SEE THEM

Loosely based on true events, this impressionistic film doesn’t focus on the aftermath of a family’s brutal murder nor the violent act itself. Instead, THE LAST TO SEE THEM centers on the 24 hours before an entire family is slaughtered. Before the unsuspecting demise, before tragedy, we are the last to see them. Buy tickets here.

 

2:45 p.m. CORPUS CHRISTI (BOŻE CIAŁO)

A fascinating exploration of faith and forgiveness, CORPUS CHRISTI is a modern Polish parable with an unforgettable lead performance from newcomer Bartosz Bielenia. Buy tickets here.

 

4:00 p.m. PROXIMA

Sarah (the excellent Eva Green), a French astronaut, earns her dream job: a spot on a year-long mission to Mars. But this dream job sets her relationship with her seven-year-old daughter, Stella, spinning. In the midst of the difficult training, Sarah wrestles with the stress of separation from Stella while also trying to earn respect from her male colleagues. Buy tickets here.

 

4:30 p.m. BABYTEETH

Director Shannon Murphy storms onto the scene with a dynamic and effortless debut feature, fresh off its Venice Film Festival premiere. Eliza Scanlen (SHARP OBJECTS) gives a breakout performance as Milla, while Ben Mendelsohn and Essie Davis create stellar, layered portrayals of her parents navigating the chaos. Raw and disarmingly honest, BABYTEETH is a beautiful tale of the complexities of facing one’s mortality. Buy tickets here.

 

5:30 p.m. PRESENT.PERFECT.

Winner of the Tiger Award at the 2019 Rotterdam Film Festival, PRESENT.PERFECT. is a poetic demonstration of the need to seek out or create global communities and the shrouded threat that doing so poses to state control. Buy tickets here.

 


5:45 p.m. WELCOME TO THE USA

WELCOME TO THE USA is a quiet, yet powerful, film exploring concepts of family, migration, gender inequity, sexual identity and the things we lose and gain when deciding to leave our homeland for the unknown. Director Assel Aushakimova’s film shares a slice of Kazakhstani city life and the semi-hidden existence of the LGBTQ community in Almaty. Buy tickets here

 

6:00 p.m. BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR Eva Orner’s stunning documentary exposes the abuse perpetrated by Bikram Choudhury and the cult-like atmosphere that gave him virtual immunity. Buy tickets here.

 

8:00 p.m. – LIBERTÉ

In his latest provocation Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra (THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV) finds a small clearing in the woods somewhere between Potsdam and Berlin where, over the course of one extended night of debauchery, a band of exiled Libertines seeking support from the German Duc de Walchen (Helmut Berger) will revel in the freedom to take sexuality to its darkest places. Buy tickets here

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