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AFI FEST Adds World, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 21, 2011 at 5:19AM

Free tickets for November's 25th AFI Fest are available on October 27. If you are willing to spend, passes are on sale, and AFI members and alumnae get early access to tickets. The FEST runs from November 3 through 10 in Hollywood.
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Free tickets for November's 25th AFI Fest are available on October 27. If you are willing to spend, passes are on sale, and AFI members and alumnae get early access to tickets. The FEST runs from November 3 through 10 in Hollywood.

World Cinema showcases a selection of the best international films, Breakthrough highlights films submitted over the transom and Midnight presents more provocative and unexpected films. U.S. premieres include Almayer's Folly, Cafe du Flore, Faust and With Every Heartbeat (world premiere). Lineups are below.

AFI FEST will screen 110 films (70 features, 40 shorts) selected from over 3,000 submissions across 36 countries, with the most from France (11), Belgium (9) and Canada (5). The breakdown by section is:

Galas/Tributes (8), Special Screenings (11), Young Americans (6), New Auteurs (9), World Cinema (21), Midnight (3), Spotlight (3), Breakthrough (4) and Short Films (39), and includes eight official foreign-language Oscar submissions.

Films in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, and previously announced New Auteurs and Young Americans sections are eligible for their respective section’s Audience Award, while the Shorts program and New Auteurs also feature jury-selected prizes. Eleven films in the fest will also screen at the concurrent American Film Market.


WORLD CINEMA SELECTIONS
A showcase of modern masters and emerging filmmakers from across the globe, this year’s World Cinema
program showcases some of the most anticipated and prize-winning international films of the year.

ALMAYER’S FOLLY: DIR/SCR Chantal Akerman. Belgium/France. U.S. Premiere.
ALPS: DIR Yorgos Lanthimos. SCR Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou. Greece/France. U.S. Premiere.
ARIRANG: DIR Kim Ki-duk. South Korea. U.S Premiere.
CAFÉ DU FLORE: DIR/SCR Jean-Marc Vallée. Canada. U.S. Premiere.
CARRÉ BLANC: DIR/SCR Jean-Baptiste Léonetti. France/Luxembourg/Russia/Belgium/Switzerland. U.S. Premiere.
THE DAY HE ARRIVES: DIR/SCR Hong Sang-Soo. South Korea. U.S. Premiere.
EXTRATERRESTRIAL: DIR/SCR Nacho Vigalondo. Spain.
FAUST: DIR Alexander Sokurov. SCR Alexander Sokurov, Marina Koreneva. Russia. U.S. Premiere.
FOOTNOTE: DIR/SCR Joseph Cedar. Israel. Israel’s official foreign-language Oscar submission.
THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD: DIR Joshua Marston. SCR Joshua Marston, Andamion Murataj. USA/Albania/Denmark/Italy.
THE INVADER: DIR Nicolas Provost. SCR Nicolas Provost, Giordano Gederlini, François Pirot. Belgium. U.S Premiere.
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI: DIR David Gelb. USA.
KINYARWANDA: DIR/SCR Alrick Brown. USA.
MAMA AFRICA: DIR Mika Kaurismäki. Germany/South Africa/Finland.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA: DIR Nuri Bilge Ceylan. SCR Ercan Kesal, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
Turkey/Bosnia/Herzegovina. Turkey’s official foreign-language Oscar submission.
PLAY: DIR/SCR Ruben Östlund. Sweden/France/Denmark.
A SEPARATION: DIR/SCR Asghar Farhadi. Iran. Iran’s official foreign-language Oscar submission.
THE SILVER CLIFF: DIR Karim Aïnouz. SCR Beatriz Brachner, Karim Aïnouz. Brazil.
TARGET: DIR Alexander Zeldovich. SCR Vladimir Sorokin, Alexander Zeldovich. Russia.
THIS IS NOT A FILM: DIR/SCR Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi. Iran.
THE TURIN HORSE: DIR Béla Tarr. SCR Béla Tarr, László Krasznahorkai. Hungary. Hungary’s official foreign-language
Oscar submission.

BREAKTHROUGH SELECTIONS
The Breakthrough films are true discoveries – films that come straight from the submissions process.

EXPECTING: DIR/SCR Francisca Fuenzalida. Chile. U.S. Premiere.
LIGHT OF MINE: DIR Brett Eichenberger. SCR Jill Remensnyder. USA.
THREE AND A HALF: DIR/SCR Naghi Nemati. Iran. U.S. Premiere.
WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT: DIR/SCR Alexandra-Therese Keining. Sweden. World Premiere.

MIDNIGHT SELECTIONS
The Midnight section showcases an eclectic group of films across the globe from fearless proponents of
provocative, jarring and unexpected ideas.

BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW: DIR/SCR Panos Cosmatos. USA.
HEADHUNTERS: DIR Morten Tyldum. DIR Morten Tyldum. SCR Lars Gudmestad, Ulf Ryberg. Norway.
KILL LIST: DIR Ben Wheatley. SCR Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump. UK.

SHORT FILM SELECTIONS (In Competition)
The films in this section are in competition for the Grand Jury Prize for Live Action Short Film and Animated Short
Film. Both award categories are recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as qualifiers for
the annual Academy Awards®.

30,000 DAYS: DIR Stephanie Barber. USA.
ALL FLOWERS IN TIME: DIR Jonathan Caouette. USA.
ALL IN ALL: DIR Charlie Reff. USA.
ANOTHER BULLET DOGED: DIR Landon Zakheim. USA.
BABYLAND: DIR Marc Fratello. USA.
BLINK: DIR Rick Rosenthal. AFI Conservatory Directing Class of 1973. Canada.
BROKEN NIGHT: DIR Yang Hyo-Joo. Korea.
CLEAR BLUE: DIR Lindsay MacKay. AFI Conservatory Thesis Film/AFI Directing Class of 2010. USA.
DR. BREAKFAST: DIR Stephen Neary. USA.
THE EAGLEMAN STAG: DIR Michael Please. UK.
EX-SEX: DIR Michael Mohan. USA.
FROZEN STORIES: DIR Grzegorz Jaroszuk. Poland.
INFINITE MINUTES: DIR Cecilia Felmeri. Hungary/Romania.
JUAN Y LA BORREGA: DIR J. Xavier Velasco. Mexico.
LIBERTAS: DIR Kan Lume. Australia/Singapore.
LITTLE KITTEN: DIR Stephanie Barber. USA.
MASKA: DIR Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay. USA.
MEXICAN CUISINE: DIR Francisco Guijarro. USA.
NEGATIVAPEG: DIR M. Rankin. Canada.
NIGHT HUNTER: DIR Stacy Steers. USA.
ONCE IT STARTED IT COULD NOT END OTHERWISE: DIR Kelly Sears. USA.
ONE MINUTE PUBERTY: DIR Alexander Gellner. USA.
PIONEER: DIR David Lowery. USA.
PROTOPARTICLES: DIR Chema García Ibarra. Spain.
RUNAWAY: DIR Victor Carrey. Spain.
SATAN SINCE 2003: DIR Carlos Puga. USA.
SLEEP STUDY: DIR Kerri Lenoo, John Merriman. USA.
TATUM’S GHOST: DIR Stephanie Barber. USA.
THIEF: DIR Julian Higgins. AFI Conservatory Thesis Film/AFI Directing Class of 2010. USA.
TO DIE NEXT TO YOU: Dir Simon Cahn, Spike Jonze. France.
UNMANNED: DIR Casey Cooper Johnson. AFI Conservatory Thesis Film/AFI Directing Class of 2011. USA.
THE VOYAGERS: DIR Penny Lane. USA.
WE’RE LEAVING: DIR Zachary Treitz. USA.
YEARBOOK: DIR Carter Smith. USA.
ZERGUT: DIR Natasha Subramaniam, Alisa Lapidu. USA.

SHORT FILM SELECTIONS (Out of Competition)
AANTENI: DIR Todd Cole. USA.
I SAW YOUR SISTER YESTERDAY: DIR Mina Park. USA.
MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO: DIR Juliano Dornelles. Brazil.
MY BOW BREATHING: DIR Enrico Maria Artale. Italy.

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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.