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AFI FEST Adds World Cinema, Classics and Independents to November Program

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 22, 2013 at 12:20PM

At this point festivals like London and AFI FEST all start to resemble one another as they score a world premiere or two ("Saving Mr. Banks" and "Out of the Furnace" respectively) and lay out the usual smorgasbord of awards contenders. But Hollywood's AFI FEST (November 7-14) is adding a rich selection of films to its World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations selections, including 15 foreign Oscar submissions.
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Paulina Garcia as "Gloria"
Paulina Garcia as "Gloria"
Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce in "Breathe In"
Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce in "Breathe In"

At this point festivals like London and AFI FEST all start to resemble one another as they score a world premiere or two ("Saving Mr. Banks" and "Out of the Furnace" respectively) and lay out the usual smorgasbord of awards contenders. But Hollywood's AFI FEST (November 7-14) is adding films to its World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations selections. 

This year’s program includes the return of several filmmakers to AFI FEST including Jafar Panahi ("Closed Curtains"); Kim Ki-duk ("Moebius"); Hong Sang-soo ("Our Sunhi") and Xavier Dolan ("Tom at the Farm"). 

The AFI selection favors 14 films from 54 AFI alumni, including "Breathe In" from writer-director Drake Doremus; "La Jaula de Oro" by writer-director Diego Quemada-Diez; "We've Got to Get Out of this Place" from producer Brian Udovich and director Zeke Hawkins; and "Machsom" by director Bayard Outerbridge.

The Congress
The Congress

The complete AFI FEST 2013 program includes 119 films (83 features, 36 shorts), representing 43 countries. There are 27 films directed/co-directed by women and 10 documentaries. 

The breakdown by section is: Galas/Tributes (8), Special Screenings (7), American Independents (6), New Auteurs (10), World Cinema (32), Midnight (5), Breakthrough (4), Guest Artistic Director (6), Presentations (2), Cinema’s Legacy (3) and Short Films (36), and includes 15 official Foreign Language Film Oscar® submissions.

We love to catch up on the foreign Oscar submissions at AFI FEST and will be posting reviews. Of the ones we've seen, try to catch Chile's "Gloria," Mexico's "Heli," Cambodia's "The Missing Picture," Japan's "The Wind Rises" from great animator Hayao Miyazaki, an India's fest hit "The Lunchbox" starring Irrfan Khan which was unaccountably not submitted by India.

The films in the World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough and the previously announced New Auteurs sections are eligible for their respective section’s Audience Award, while the previously announced Shorts and New Auteurs programs also feature jury-selected prizes.

Among the classics you get a rare chance to see Disney musical "Mary Poppins," the subject of "Saving Mr. Banks." 

Full list on the jump:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.