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AFI Fest Awards 2015: Winners and Recap

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Here is the full list of AFI Fest 2015’s award winners as well as our recap. AFI Fest 2015 Award Winners New Auteurs Grand Jury Award: Land and Shade Special Jury Mention for Direction: Disorder Special Jury Mention for Screenplay: Desde Alla World Cinema Audience Award: Landfill Harmonic New Auteurs Audience Award: Mustang American Independents Audience Award: James White Breakthrough Audience Award: Ma […]

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AFI Fest 2015: Mid-Festival Recap

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We are already half-way through the festival so it’s time for short recap. Since the opening last Thursday with Angelina Jolie’s By The Sea (see picture below) which got pretty mixed reviews, AFI Fest delivered plenty of worthy content, whether it’s in terms of movies or events. On Friday there was the odd, intriguing Colin Farell-starrer The Lobster – you can read […]

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Today’s Top 5 AFI Fest Movies – Friday 6th 2015

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There are a lots of movies to catch today at AFI Fest so here’s our top 5: MacBeth: This new adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic looks stunning and stars Michael Fassbender (Frank) and Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night). The Lobster: a weird and original sci-fi tale starring Colin Farell – read our review of The Lobster. Egyptian Theatre, 6:00 p.m. Embrace of the Serpent: […]

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French Movies at AFI Fest 2015

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This year’s AFI Fest festival features a couple French movies worth mentioning. First, there is Dheepan (read our review) which won the much-coveted Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival. Directed by Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), this film follows a refugee trying to flee his country to enter France, which is certainly a topical premise, knowing what’s currently going in Europe. Dheepan is playing […]

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AFI Fest 2015 Full Lineup Announced

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The complete AFI Fest film lineup has been unveiled and we are once again getting a best of the festival circuit, which is a good thing. This year, AFI fest includes plenty of works from renown international filmmakers with names such as Werner Herzog, Marco Bellocchio, Jacques Audiard, Philippe Garrel, Jia Zhang-ke, Arnaud Desplechin, Chantal Akerman, László Nemes, Naomi Kawase, Matteo Garrone and Guy Maddin. Some of these movies already got […]

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Sophia Loren Gala

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With her face prominently featured on the poster, the legendary Italian actress Sophia Loren was undoubtedly the star of AFI Fest, even eclipsing the Hollywood A-name actors and filmmakers who were attending the festival. This AFI Fest centerpiece gala was taking place at the Dolby Theater, known as the home of the Academy Awards, which made the event even more […]

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French Movies Guide – AFI Fest 2014

French Movies Guide – AFI Fest 2014

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The 2014 edition of AFI Fest offers a few interesting French films, including works by major directors. One of this year’s French highlight is probably Clouds Of Sils Maria, an Olivier Assayas film (Carlos, Clean, Demonlover) starring French star Juliette Binoche (Cache) as a theater actress struggling to get back on stage.  Clouds Of Sils Maria will screen on Friday November 7th at […]

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AFI Fest November 11th Film Picks

AFI Fest November 11th Film Picks

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This Monday offers another strong selection of movies to watch at AFI Fest: R100: A Japanese film about a father who signs up for a Bondage club. Looking forward to watch that one, based on a very atmospheric trailer. 1:30PM @ the Chinese 2. Manakamana: A slow-paced, bare but absorbing documentary about Nepali pilgrims heading to – or leaving – a […]

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AFI Fest November 10th Film Picks

AFI Fest November 10th Film Picks

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Here are our picks for a pretty exciting Sunday at AFI Fest: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s classic The Marriage of Maria Braun, which is part of guest director Agnes Varda’s selection. 2:30PM at the Egyptian. Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger By The Lake (read our review). While French movies are known to not shy away when it comes to showing nudity and sex […]

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AFI Fest November 9th Film Picks

AFI Fest November 9th Film Picks

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Here are our picks for today: Agnès Varda’s Cleo From 5 to 7 at 3:00 p.m at the Egyptian Theater. This French New Wave classic will be preceded by a conversation with Agnès Varda, guest director at AFI Fest this year. Like Father Like Son at 6:30 p.m at the Egyptian Theater. This Japanese movie by director Eda Hirokazu Kore examines what filliation is about […]

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