AFI Fest 2013

afi fest 2013 posterThe AFI festival was taking place from November 7th to November 14th at the Chinese and Egyptian theaters in Hollywood. This year’s Guest Artistic Director was French filmmaker Agnès Varda (Cleo, from 5 to 7, The Gleaners and I), an emblematic figure from French New Wave. Her film selection at the festival includes 4 classics worth watching: Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket, John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under Influence, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun and Martin Scorcese’s After Hours.

  • Opening Night Gala: Saving Mr. Banks – John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side)
  • Centerpiece Galas:  Nebraska – Alexander Payne (The Descendants), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Ben Stiller (Zoolander), Out of the Furnace – Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart)
  • Closing Night Gala:  Inside Llewyn Davis – Ethan & Joel Coen, Joel Coen (Fargo)


  • Special Jury Award:  Balcony
  • Special Jury Award Direction: Syndromeda
  • Special Jury Mention: Datamosh


  • Live Action Short Film: Butter Lamp
  • Animated Short: The Places Where We Lived


  • Critic’s Award: Nothing Bad Can Happen
  • Special Award: In Bloom
  • Direction: The Selfish Giant


  • World Cinema: The Rocket
  • New Auteurs: The Selfish Giant
  • American Independents: We Gotta Get Out of This Place
  • Breakthrough: B for Boy (our review)

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Here is the full lineup:


  • Baby Blues –  Kasia Rosłaniec. Poland.
  • Bethlehem – Yuval Adler.  Isarel.
  • Borgman – Alex van Warmerdam. Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark.
  • Child’s Pose – Călin Peter Netzer. Romania.
  • Closed Curtain – Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi. Iran.
  • The Congress – Ari Folman. Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg.
  • An Episode of the Life of an Iron Picker – Danis Tanovic. Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Slovenia.
  • Exhibition– Joanna Hogg. United Kingdom.
  • Gabrielle – Louise Archambault. Canada. Gloria – Sebastián Lelio. Chile, Spain.
  • Grand Central – Rebecca Zlotowski. France.
  • The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino. Italy, France.
  • Half of a Yellow Sun – DIR/SCR Biyi Bandele. Nigeria, United Kingdom.
  • Heli – Amat Escalante. Mexico.
  • Juvenile Offender – Kang Yi-kwan. South Korea.
  • La Jaula de Oro – Diego Quemada-Diez. Mexico, Spain.
  • Like Father Like Son – Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japan.
  • The Lunchbox – Ritesh Batra. India, France, Germany.
  • Manakamana – Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez. Nepal, USA.
  • Manuscripts Don’t Burn – Mohammad Rasoulof. Iran.
  • Mary Queen of Scots – Thomas Imbach. Switzerland, France.
  • The Missing Picture – Rithy Panh. Cambodia, France.
  • Moebius – Kim Ki-duk. South Korea.
  • Omar – Hany Abu-Assad. Palestine.
  • Our Sunhi – Hong Sang-soo. South Korea.
  • The Rocket – Kim Mordaunt. Australia.
  • Stranger by the Lake – Alain Guiraudie. France.
  • Tom at the Farm – Xavier Dolan. Canada.
  • Vic + Flo Saw a Bear – Denis Côté. Canada.
  • We Are The Best! – Lukas Moodysson. Sweden.
  • When Evening Falls On Bucharest Or Metabolism – Corneliu Porumboiu. Romania.
  • The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki. Japan.


  • Awful Nice – Todd Sklar. USA.
  • Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier. USA.
  • Breathe In – Drake Doremus. USA.
  • Caucus – AJ Schnack. USA.
  • Charlie Victor Romeo – Robert Berger. USA
  • We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – Zeke Hawkins, Simon Hawkins. USA.


  • B For Boy – Chika Anadu. Nigeria.
  • Congratulations! – Mike Brune. USA. Little Black Spiders – Patrice Toye. Belgium.
  • My Afghanistan – Nagieb Khaja. Denmark.
  • Big Bad Wolves – Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshlaes. Israel.
  • The Green Inferno – Eli Roth. USA, Chile.
  • R100 – Hitoshi Matsumoto. Japan. The Sacrament – Ti West. USA.
  • The Strange Color of your Body’s Tears – Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani. Belgium, France, Luxembourg.


  • The Court Jester (1955) – Norman Panama, Melvin Frank. USA.
  • Mary Poppins (1964) – Robert Stevenson. USA.
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) – Jacques Demy. France.
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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.