Thursday, November 14, 2019

AFI FEST 2019 BRINGS WORLD CINEMA NEAR YOU

By José Alberto Hermosillo
AFI FEST presented by Audi Official Poster
AFI FEST presented by Audi will showcase 125 films, including Bold New voices, World Premieres, Galas, Cinema’s Legacy, Auteurs, Documentaries, American Independents, shorts, and the best of World Cinema this November in Los Angeles. Most of those movies will have red-carpets, and Q & A’s with the filmmakers, writers, cinematographers, and stars.

AFI FEST represents a unique opportunity to watch films that will take months to arrive at the movie theaters, digital platforms - or maybe those gems will never show again. Some of the selected films won relevant prizes in festivals around the world and will leave a lasting impression during the awards, including the Golden Globes and the Oscars.

In the year 2019, the AFI FEST is returning to charge for tickets to most of its selection. The festival still is offering some relevant screenings and events free of charge at the festival’s box office. Those titles include “The Cave,” “The Kingmaker,” “American Factory,” “The Apollo,” Italy’s Oscar entry “The Traitor.” 

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Also, the fest in Hollywood has a complimentary event called “An Evening with Martin Scorsese.” “Clute” and “Sophie’s Choice” are a part of the tribute to director and producer Alan J. Pakula free of charge as well.
AFI FEST presented by Audi. Photo Jose Alberto Hermosillo
AFI FEST presented by Audi brings the best of world cinema, selecting influential films worth watching on the big screen, now by ticketing purchase.


And Then We Danced, Sweden.
AND THEN WE DANCED
A romance among friends and rivals intensifies by the exposure that threatens their career, family, and the entire community. DIR Levan Akin. Georgia, Sweden, France – Sweden’s Oscar entry.
Antigone, Canada.
ANTIGONE
An immigrant family is ripped apart by a police shooting in Quebec. DIR Sophie Deraspe – Canada’s Oscar entry.
Bacurau poster, Brazil
BACURAU
A remote Brazilian village feels under attack when they realize that their town was erased from the map. Tension explodes into a war when the community bands together, determined to survive the assault. DIR Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendoca Filho. Brazil, France.

BALLOON (QI QIU), China
BALLOON (QI QIU)
Shepard Dargye and his wife, Drolkar, live a simple life with their sons and patriarch on the family farm. When a death in the family occurs, the family must make a decision, as faith and political realities collide in this delicate and beautiful film. Everyone needs to see more of those stories about the turmoil China is causing in Tibet. Dir. Pema Tseden. China.

Corpus Christi, Poland
CORPUS CHRISTI
A troubled young man, disguised as a priest hides in a small town. The town also has
an obscure past. When the priest tries to approach the community to comfort their grief with faith, unexpected results happen. Dir. Jan Komasa – Poland’s Oscar entry.

Deerskin still, France
DEERSKIN
A surreal, dark comedy, with the performance of Best Actor Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”), who’s facing his existential midlife crisis. When he was able to place his hands on a deerskin vintage jacket, he falls into a violent psychotic breakdown. Dir. Quentin Dupieux continues the obsession with quirky themes he started with “Rubber” in 2010 and continued with “Wrong.“ France.

A Hidden Life, USA, Germany
A HIDDEN LIFE
A true-life tale about a conscientious objector forced to reconcile beliefs about church and country, and personal convictions. Dir. Terrence Malick. USA, Germany.

I WAS AT HOME, BUT... (ICH WAR ZUHAUSE, ABER...)
The winner of Best Director at the 2019 Berlinale presents a familial trauma in a series of fragmented vignettes. Dir. Angela Schanelec. Serbia
Liberté, France, Portugal, Spain
LIBERTÉ
Libertines seek sexual freedom in a small German town. Dir. Albert Serra. France, Portugal, Spain.
 
PROXIMA 

A French astronaut who earns her dream job – a spot on a year-long mission to Mars. Dir. Alice Winocour. France, Germany.
Los Sonámbulos, Argentina
THE SLEEPWALKERS (LOS SONÁMBULOS)
Luisa and her husband spend a summer-holiday at her in-laws’ cottage. She discovers that her sister-in-law is a sleepwalker. Dir. Paula Hernandez. Argentina, Uruguay.

SON-MOTHER (PESAR-MADAR)
An unsentimental critique of Iranian traditions and impossible choices. A single mother faces the dilemma, whether to marry a single father who will provide for her and one of her children or leave the 12-year-old son behind. Dir. Mahnaz Mohammadi. Iran.

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
A Japanese crew goes to shooting a travelogue in Uzbekistan begins to untap anxieties, alienation, and loneliness. Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Japan, Uzbekistan, Qatar.

The Traitor, Italy
THE TRAITOR
A true story of the Sicilian Mafia and its capo Tommaso Buscetta. Dir. Marco Bellocchio (FISTS IN THE POCKET, 1965) – Italy’s Oscar entry.

The Truth, France, Japan.
THE TRUTH
Hirokazu Kore-eda (SHOPLIFTERS) casts Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche as a fading star and her daughter in a battle of two women in the movie business. Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda. France, Japan.

THE WHISTLERS
An inventive crime thriller about laundering schemes with hidden cameras that threaten to expose the protagonist in this complicated network of deception. Dir. Corneliu Porumboiu. Romania, France, Germany – Romania’s Oscar entry

Beanpole, Russia.
BEANPOLE
After WWII, a very tall nurse with PTSD and seizures will try to survive during the communist era and the industrialization of her city. Dir. Kantemir Balagov – Russia’s Oscar Entry.

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