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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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WORLD CINEMA SELECTIONS (32 titles)

This section presents new work by many of the world’s most renowned filmmakers.

BABY BLUES – DIR/SCR Kasia Rosłaniec. Poland.

BETHLEHEM – DIR Yuval Adler. SCR Yuval Adler, Ali Waked. Isarel.

BORGMAN – DIR/SCR Alex van Warmerdam. Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark.

CHILD’S POSE – DIR Călin Peter Netzer. SCR Răzvan Rădulescu, Călin Peter Netzer. Romania. CLOSED CURTAIN – DIR Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi. SCR Jafar Panahi. Iran.

THE CONGRESS – DIR/SCR Ari Folman. Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg.

AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER – DIR/SCR Danis Tanovic. Bosnia and Herzegovina,

France, Slovenia.

EXHIBITION – DIR/SCR Joanna Hogg. United Kingdom.

GABRIELLE – DIR/SCR Louise Archambault. Canada.

GLORIA – DIR Sebastián Lelio. SCR Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza. Chile, Spain.

GRAND CENTRAL – DIR Rebecca Zlotowski. SCR Gaëlle Mace, Rebecca Zlotowski. France, Austria.

THE GREAT BEAUTY – DIR Paolo Sorrentino. SCR Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello. Italy, France.

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN – DIR/SCR Biyi Bandele. Nigeria, United Kingdom.

HELI – DIR Amat Escalante. SCR Amat Escalante, Gabriel Reyes. Mexico, France, Germany, Netherlands.

JUVENILE OFFENDER – DIR Kang Yi-kwan. SCR Kang Yi-kwan, Park Joo-young. South Korea.

LA JAULA DE ORO – DIR Diego Quemada-Diez. SCR Diego Quemada-Diez, Gibrán Portela, Lucía Carrera. Mexico, Spain.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON – DIR/SCR Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japan.

THE LUNCHBOX – DIR/SCR Ritesh Batra. India, France, Germany. MANAKAMANA – DIR Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez. Nepal, USA. MANUSCRIPTS DON’T BURN – DIR Mohammad Rasoulof. Iran.

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS – DIR Thomas Imbach. SCR Thomas Imbach, Andrea Štaka, Eduard Habsburg. Switzerland, France.

THE MISSING PICTURE – DIR Rithy Panh. SCR Christophe Bataille. Cambodia, France. MOEBIUS – DIR/SCR Kim Ki-duk. South Korea.

OMAR – DIR/SCR Hany Abu-Assad. Palestine.

OUR SUNHI – DIR/SCR Hong Sang-soo. South Korea.

THE ROCKET – DIR/SCR Kim Mordaunt. Australia.

STRANGER BY THE LAKE – DIR/SCR Alain Guiraudie. France.

TOM AT THE FARM – DIR Xavier Dolan. SCR Xavier Dolan, Michel Marc Bouchard. Canada, France.

VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR – DIR/SCR Denis Côté. Canada.

WE ARE THE BEST! – DIR/SCR Lukas Moodysson. Sweden.

WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM – DIR/SCR Corneliu Porumboiu. Romania, France.

THE WIND RISES – DIR/SCR Hayao Miyazaki. Japan. AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS SELECTIONS (6 titles)

The American Independents section features work by emerging U.S. filmmakers. AWFUL NICE – DIR Todd Sklar. SCR Todd Sklar, Alex Rennie. USA.

BLUE RUIN – DIR/SCR Jeremy Saulnier. USA.

BREATHE IN – DIR Drake Doremus. SCR Drake Doremus, Ben York Jones. USA. CAUCUS – DIR AJ Schnack. USA.

CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO – DIR Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Karlyn Michelson. SCR Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Irving Gregory. USA.

WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE – DIR Zeke Hawkins, Simon Hawkins. SCR Dutch Southern. USA. BREAKTHROUGH SELECTIONS (4 titles)

B FOR BOY – DIR/SCR Chika Anadu. Nigeria. North American Premiere.

CONGRATULATIONS! – DIR/SCR Mike Brune. USA.

LITTLE BLACK SPIDERS – DIR Patrice Toye. SCR Ina Vandewijer, Patrice Toye. Belgium.

MY AFGHANISTAN – LIFE IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE – DIR/SCR Nagieb Khaja. Denmark.

MIDNIGHT SELECTIONS (5 titles)

This section showcases comedy and horror programming worth staying up late for.

BIG BAD WOLVES – DIR/SCR Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshlaes. Israel.

THE GREEN INFERNO – DIR Eli Roth. SCR Eli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo. USA, Chile.

R100 – DIR/SCR Hitoshi Matsumoto. Japan.

THE SACRAMENT – DIR/SCR Ti West. USA.

THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS – DIR/SCR Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani.. Belgium, France, Luxembourg.

CINEMA’S LEGACY SELECTIONS (3 titles)

THE COURT JESTER (1955) – DIR/SCR Norman Panama, Melvin Frank. USA.

MARY POPPINS (1964) – DIR Robert Stevenson. SCR Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi. USA.

THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) – DIR/SCR Jacques Demy. France. 

PRESENTATIONS SELECTIONS (2 titles)

The Whitewater Films Roundtable

Micro-Budget Filmmaking – The New Paradigm

Producer and Director Rick Rosenthal brings the famed Whitewater Films roundtable to AFI FEST for a conversation about how micro-budget filmmaking has emerged as the new paradigm for independent filmmakers. The conversation will be followed by a screening of Rosenthal’s micro-budget film DRONES.

DRONES – DIR Rick Rosenthal. SCR Matt Witten. USA.

Michael Stevens presents HERBLOCK: THE BLACK AND THE WHITE

Special guests join director Michael Stevens for a panel discussion about the influence of the political cartoons of Herbert Lawrence Block. The conversation will be followed by a screening of Stevens’ HERBLOCK: THE BLACK AND THE WHITE.

HERBLOCK: THE BLACK AND THE WHITE – DIR Michael Stevens. SCR Sara Lukinson, Michael Stevens. USA.

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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.