The AFI Film Festival, held in Los Angeles, announced its 2013 lineup yesterday. Mother of French New Wave cinema, Agnes Varda, will be this year's guest artistic director.
While this year boasts some excellent women-centric films and women directed ones, there are no women directed films in either the Gala or Special Screenings sections of the festival. The Gala section does hold the women centric August: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep, and the Kelly Marcel penned, Emma Thompson starring Saving Mr. Banks. Similarly the Special Screenings will include Philomena, starring Judi Dench, The Past for which Bernice Bejo won Best Actress at Cannes and The Invisible Woman, written by Abi Morgan.
In a separate program, two of Varda's films, Cleo From 5 to 7 and Documenteur, will be playing.
In Bloom -- DIR Nana Ekvtimishvili & Simon Gross
My Dog Killer -- DIR Mira Fornay
Nothing Bad Can Happen -- DIR Katrin Gebbe
The Selfish Giant -- DIR Clio Barnard
Baby Blues -- DIR/SCR Kasia Roslaniec. Poland
Exhibition -- DIR/SCR Joanna Hogg. United Kingdom
Gabrielle -- DIR/SCR Louise Archambault. Canada.
Grand Central -- DIR Rebecca Zlotowski. SCR Gaelle Mace, Rebecca Zlotowski. France, Austria.
Manakamana -- DIR Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez. Nepal, USA.
Charlie Victor Romeo -- DIR Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Karlyn Michelson. SCR Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Irving Gregory. USA.
B For Boy -- DIR/SCR Chika Anadu. Nigeria.
Little Black Spiders -- DIR Patrice Toye. SCR Ina Vandewijer, Patrice Toye. Belgium.
The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears -- DIR/SCR Helene Cattet, Bruno Forzani. Belgium, France, Luxembourg.