Your Guide to FEST Films Screening on Tuesday, November 19 – American Film Institute

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Your Guide to FEST Films Screening on Tuesday, November 19

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

12:00 p.m. LINGUA FRANCA

Writer/director Isabel Sandoval (SEÑORITA, APPARITION) deftly plays Olivia as a woman capable of finding incredible strength and grace in a world that seems so against her life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Buy tickets here.

 

12:15 p.m. SEARCHING EVA

For 25-year-old Eva living in Berlin, complex emotions surrounding adolescence, family, body, art and sex work are processed publicly through unflinchingly personal photos and writings posted on the internet and Instagram. Buy tickets here.

 

12:30 p.m. ATLANTICS

In Mati Diop’s striking and poetic feature debut, she creates a hypnotic and haunting mystery, focusing on the women left behind. A supernatural take on the refugee crisis, the film skillfully balances romance and grief. With ATLANTICS, Diop became the first black woman to contend for the 72-year-old Palmes d’Or. Buy tickets here.

 

12:45 p.m. IDOL

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.

 

1:00 p.m. THE SONG OF NAMES

Director François Girard (HOCHELAGA, LAND OF SOULS) takes Norman Lebrecht’s acclaimed novel and orchestrates a stellar ensemble as its players in this potent film about two Jewish boys, connected by World War II. A parade of grand performances and other highlights in this tour de force include the young actors and their impeccable recitals. Buy tickets here.

1:15 p.m. DESERT ONE

Two-time Academy Award®-winning director Barbara Kopple brilliantly brings to life the secret mission would prove to be one of the most audacious and controversial in U.S. history. Buy tickets here.

 

3:15 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.

 

3:30 p.m. THE SLEEPWALKERS

Elegant and contained, Argentine filmmaker Paula Hernández’s bold depiction of the inescapably gendered mother/daughter dynamic brings a remarkable depth to, what is for women, an all-too relatable low hum of despair. Buy tickets here.

 

4:45 p.m. IVANA THE TERRIBLE

Based on actual events, this acerbic tragicomedy touches on nervous breakdowns, hitting creative walls and feeling both at home and apart in different countries. Ivana Mladenović’s charming sophomore feature enlists former lovers, family members and friends to portray semi-fictionalized versions of themselves. Buy tickets here

 

6:00 p.m. MATERNAL

Known for her nonfiction filmmaking, director Maura Delpero brings her stylistic approach to the drama, creating a contemplative, striking and complex portrait of womanhood and love. Buy tickets here.

 

6:30 p.m. SELAH AND THE SPADES

SELAH AND THE SPADES fiercely captures the societal pressures of modern youth and the internal struggle for independence and identity. With her sharp, fresh and unapologetic debut feature film, filmmaker Tayarisha Poe proves to be an exciting talent to watch. Buy tickets here.

 

6:45 p.m. TROOP ZERO

Female duo Bert & Bertie take a script from BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD writer Lucy Alibar and craft a sweet, quirky family comedy of friendship and acceptance. Buy tickets here.

 

7:15 p.m. BALLOON

Seasoned filmmaker Pema Tseden crafts a delicate and beautiful story of free will and duty. Premiering at Venice and Toronto, BALLOON explores the complexities between reality and soul with a loving and mystical touch. Buy tickets here.

 

8:00 p.m. SON-MOTHER

First-time feature director Mahnaz Muhammadi brilliantly navigates this unsentimental critique of Iranian traditions and the impossible choices that they can impose. Buy tickets here.

 

8:30 p.m. THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN

With her co-writer and do-director Kathleen Hepburn, these two women have crafted a deeply human film, a maternal film, a film about neighbors. and shared spaces and car rides and softly singing to your belly in the bathroom. Buy tickets here.

 

9:15 p.m. BEANPOLE

This somber, yet searing, drama from Russian wunderkind Kantemir Balagov won the Best Director Award in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar and the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film. Buy tickets here.

 

10:00 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.

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