AFI Fest 2012

The AFI Festival was taking place from November 1st to November 8th in Hollywood at venues including Grauman’s Chinese theatre and the Egyptian theatre. Free tickets were available on the official website and at the box office. Bernardo Bertolucci is this year’s artistic director, presenting classics such as Murnau’s Sunrise, Jean Renoir’s Rules of the Game and Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre sa Vie.

The selection is this year stronger than the couple previous years, with a few highlights from the Cannes festival.

Here is our selection:

After Lucia (read our review)  – Michel Franco
Amour (read our review) – Michael Haneke
Beyond the Hills (read our review) – Cristian Mungiu
Holy Motors (read our review) – Leos Carax
Like Someone in Love (read our review) – Abbas Kiarostami
On the Road (read our review) – Walter Salles
Paradise: Love (read our review) – Ulrich Seidl
Rust and Bone (read our review) – Jacques Audiard
The Angel’s Share (read our review) – Ken Loach
The Hunt (read our review) – Thomas Vinterberg

AWARD WINNERS

Grand Jury Award: Eat, Sleep, Die
Special Mention: Here and There
Special Mention for Performance: Mati Diop (Simon Killer’s)
Special Jury Award for Animation: Belly
Special Jury Award for Documentaries: Whateverest
Honorable Mention for Performance: Raul Castillo (Narcocorrido)
Honorable Mention for Promising Vision: Dogs Are Said To See Things
Audience Award World Cinema: A Royal Affair
Audience Award New Auteurs: A Hijacking
Audience Award Young Americans: Only The Young
Audience Award Breakthrough: Nairobi Hlaf Life

Here is the lineup:

GALAS
HITCHCOCK (opening) – Sacha Gervasi
LIFE OF PI – Ang Lee
ON THE ROAD: – Walter Salles
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS – Peter Ramsey
RUST AND BONE – Jacques Audiard
LINCOLN (closing) – Steven Spielberg

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK – David O. Russell
THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE – Sarah Burns
HOLY MOTORS – Léos Carax
THE IMPOSSIBLE – Juan Antonio Bayona
ROOM 237 – Rodney Ascher
QUARTET – Dustin Hoffman
GINGER AND ROSA – Sally Potter
WEST OF MEMPHIS – Amy Berg

WORLD CINEMA
A ROYAL AFFAIR – Nikolaj Arcel
AMOUR – Michael Haneke
THE ANGELS’ SHARE – Ken Loach
BARBARA – Christian Petzold
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO – Peter Strickland
BEYOND THE HILLS – Cristian Mungiu
BLOOD OF MY BLOOD – João Canijo
CAESAR MUST DIE – Paolo Taviani
EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY – Radu Jude
GREATEST HITS – Nicolás Pereda
THE HUNT – Thomas Vinterberg
IN ANOTHER COUNTRY – Hong Sang-soo
KON-TIK – Joachim Roenning
KUMA – Umut Dag
LAURENCE ANYWAYS – Xavier Dolan
LEVIATHAN – Lucien Castaing
LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE – Abbas Kiarostami
OUR CHILDREN – Joachim Lafosse
PARADISE: FAITH – Ulrich Seidl
PARADISE: LOVE – Ulrich Seidl
PIETA – Kim Ki-duk
POST TENEBRAS LUX – Carlos Reygadas
REALITY – Matteo Garrone
THE SAPPHIRES – Wayne Blair
SOMETHING IN THE AIR – Olivier Assayas
TABU – Miguel Gomes
TEY – Alain Gomisl.
WAR WITCH – Kim Nguyen
WHITE ELEPHANT – Pablo Trapero
WRONG – Quentin Dupieux
ZAYTOUN – Eran Riklis

BREAKTHROUGH
EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMEBODY…NOT ME – Raúl Fuentes
KID – Fien Troch
THE LAST STEP – Ali Mosaffa
THE MOST FUN I’VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON – Drew Denny
NAIROBI HALF LIFE – David Tosh Gitonga
OH BOY – Jan Ole Gerster

YOUNG AMERICANS
ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY – Joe Swanberg
APE – Joel Potrykus
ELECTRICK CHILDREN – Rebecca Thomas
THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING – Zach Weintraub
KID-THING – David Zellner
ONLY THE YOUNG – Jason Tippet
PEARBLOSSOM HWY – Mike Ott
SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME – Robert Byington
STARLET – Sean Baker
SUN DON’T SHINE – Amy Seimetz
TCHOUPITOULAS – Turner Ross

NEW AUTEURS
AFTER LUCIA – Michel Franco
ANTIVIRAL – Brandon Cronenberg
CLIP – Maja Miloš
EAT SLEEP DIE – Gabriela Pichler
HERE AND THERE – Antonio Mendez Esparza
A HIJACKING – Tobiaas Lindholm
IN THE FOG – Segei Loznitsa
NOT IN TEL AVIV – Nony Geffen
SIMON KILLER – Antonio Campos

MIDNIGHT SELECTIONS
ABCS OF DEATH – Kaare Andrews
COME OUT AND PLAY – Makinov
HERE COMES THE DEVIL – Adrián García Bogliano
JOHN DIES AT THE END – Don Coscarelli

JURY

Dana Harris (Indiewire), David Hudson (Fandor), Gregg Kilday (The Hollywood Reporter) and Bérénice Reynaud (Senses of Cinema).

 

 

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Fred Thom

Fred Thom

Editor-in-Chief/Founder/Film Critic at Plume Noire
The founder and editor-in-chief of Plume Noire, Fred Thom covers film festivals and writes movie reviews. He was born in Marseilles, France and is now living in Los Angeles, California.