AFI Fest 2013 Includes Films From Ti West, Ari Folman, Kim Ki-duk, Plus BORGMAN!

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AFI Fest 2013 Includes Films From Ti West, Ari Folman, Kim Ki-duk, Plus BORGMAN!
The fine folks at the American Film Institute announced the rest of their line up for the 2013 edition of AFI Fest today and it's a mighty pretty looking bunch of 2013 festival faves from every corner of the globe. Running from November 7-14, the fest will play a whopping total of 119 titles (shorts and features) in 8 days. So my fellow Los Angeles residents, we're going to have to plan accordingly for this one.

Some absolute highlights in a fest full of highlights includes Kim Ki-duk's Moebius, Ari Folman's long awaited The Congress, Ti West's take on found footage horror The Sacrament, Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshlaes' Big Bad Wolves, the film that made Todd eat his own shirt at Fantastic Fest, Matsumoto Hitoshi's R100, Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's The Strange Colour Of Your Body's Tears, and Alex van Warmerdam's Cannes favorite Borgman.

My head is already spinning with excitement and I've barely mentioned the film's that aren't clearly very Twitch/genre friendly. Am I excited for Joanna Hogg's Exhibition? You bet your bottom dollar I am. And just who is Joanna Hogg? One of the best working British directors you probably haven't heard of. Or how about avant-garde filmmakers Ben Rivers and Ben Russel with A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness? Tittle is intriguing on it's own, so...

Below you'll find all of the films announced today, along with the new auteurs selection  announced previously.


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AFI FEST today announced the remaining sections and films that will screen in the festival's World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema's Legacy and Presentations programs.

This year's program includes the return of several filmmakers to AFI FEST including CLOSED CURTAIN's Jafar Panahi; MOEBIUS' Kim Ki-duk; OUR SUNHI's Hong Sang-soo; TOM AT THE FARM's Xavier Dolan and WE ARE THE BEST!'s Lukas Moodysson.

This year's program also includes 14 films from 54 AFI alumni, including BREATHE IN by DIR/SCR Drake Doremus (AFI Class of 2005); LA JAULA DE ORO by PRO/DIR/SCR Diego Quemada-Diez (Class of 2001); WE'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS PLACE by PRO Brian Udovich (AFI Class of 2004) and DIR Zeke Hawkins (AFI Class of 2009) and MACHSOM by PRO Bayard Outerbridge (AFI Class of 2012).


This section presents new work by many of the world's most renowned filmmakers.

BABY BLUES - DIR/SCR Kasia Rosłaniec. Poland.

BETHLEHEM - DIR Yuval Adler. SCR Yuval Adler, Ali Waked. Isarel.

BORGMAN - DIR/SCR Alex van Warmerdam. Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark.

CHILD'S POSE - DIR Călin Peter Netzer. SCR Răzvan Rădulescu, Călin Peter Netzer. Romania.

CLOSED CURTAIN - DIR Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi. SCR Jafar Panahi. Iran.

THE CONGRESS - DIR/SCR Ari Folman. Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg.

AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER - DIR/SCR Danis Tanovic. Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Slovenia.

EXHIBITION - DIR/SCR Joanna Hogg. United Kingdom.

GABRIELLE - DIR/SCR Louise Archambault. Canada.

GLORIA - DIR Sebastián Lelio. SCR Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza. Chile, Spain.

GRAND CENTRAL - DIR Rebecca Zlotowski. SCR Gaëlle Mace, Rebecca Zlotowski. France, Austria.

THE GREAT BEAUTY - DIR Paolo Sorrentino. SCR Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello. Italy, France.

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN - DIR/SCR Biyi Bandele. Nigeria, United Kingdom.

HELI - DIR Amat Escalante. SCR Amat Escalante, Gabriel Reyes. Mexico, France, Germany, Netherlands.

JUVENILE OFFENDER - DIR Kang Yi-kwan. SCR Kang Yi-kwan, Park Joo-young. South Korea.

LA JAULA DE ORO - DIR Diego Quemada-Diez. SCR Diego Quemada-Diez, Gibrán Portela, Lucía Carrera. Mexico, Spain.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON - DIR/SCR Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japan.

THE LUNCHBOX - DIR/SCR Ritesh Batra. India, France, Germany.

MANAKAMANA - DIR Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez. Nepal, USA.

MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN - DIR Mohammad Rasoulof. Iran.

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS - DIR Thomas Imbach. SCR Thomas Imbach, Andrea Štaka, Eduard Habsburg. Switzerland, France.

THE MISSING PICTURE - DIR Rithy Panh. SCR Christophe Bataille. Cambodia, France.

MOEBIUS - DIR/SCR Kim Ki-duk. South Korea.

OMAR - DIR/SCR Hany Abu-Assad. Palestine.

OUR SUNHI - DIR/SCR Hong Sang-soo. South Korea.

THE ROCKET - DIR/SCR Kim Mordaunt. Australia.

STRANGER BY THE LAKE - DIR/SCR Alain Guiraudie. France.

TOM AT THE FARM - DIR Xavier Dolan. SCR Xavier Dolan, Michel Marc Bouchard. Canada, France.

VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR - DIR/SCR Denis Côté. Canada.

WE ARE THE BEST! - DIR/SCR Lukas Moodysson. Sweden.


THE WIND RISES - DIR/SCR Hayao Miyazaki. Japan.


The American Independents section features work by emerging U.S. filmmakers.

AWFUL NICE - DIR Todd Sklar. SCR Todd Sklar, Alex Rennie. USA.

BLUE RUIN - DIR/SCR Jeremy Saulnier. USA.

BREATHE IN - DIR Drake Doremus. SCR Drake Doremus, Ben York Jones. USA.


CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO - DIR Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Karlyn Michelson. SCR Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Irving Gregory. USA.

WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE - DIR Zeke Hawkins, Simon Hawkins. SCR Dutch Southern. USA.


B FOR BOY - DIR/SCR Chika Anadu. Nigeria.
North American Premiere.


LITTLE BLACK SPIDERS - DIR Patrice Toye. SCR Ina Vandewijer, Patrice Toye. Belgium.



This section showcases comedy and horror programming worth staying up late for.

BIG BAD WOLVES - DIR/SCR Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshlaes. Israel.

THE GREEN INFERNO - DIR Eli Roth. SCR Eli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo. USA, Chile.

R100 - DIR/SCR Hitoshi Matsumoto. Japan.


THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS - DIR/SCR Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani. Belgium, France, Luxembourg.


THE COURT JESTER (1955) - DIR/SCR Norman Panama, Melvin Frank. USA.

MARY POPPINS (1964) - DIR Robert Stevenson. SCR Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi. USA.

THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) - DIR/SCR Jacques Demy. France.


The Whitewater Films Roundtable

Micro-Budget Filmmaking - The New Paradigm

Producer and Director Rick Rosenthal brings the famed Whitewater Films roundtable to AFI FEST for a conversation about how micro-budget filmmaking has emerged as the new paradigm for independent filmmakers. The conversation will be followed by a screening of Rosenthal's micro-budget film DRONES.

DRONES - DIR Rick Rosenthal. SCR Matt Witten. USA.

Michael Stevens presents HERBLOCK: THE BLACK AND THE WHITE

Special guests join director Michael Stevens for a panel discussion about the influence of the political cartoons of Herbert Lawrence Block. The conversation will be followed by a screening of Stevens' HERBLOCK: THE BLACK AND THE WHITE.

HERBLOCK: THE BLACK AND THE WHITE - DIR Michael Stevens. SCR Sara Lukinson, Michael Stevens. USA.

New Auteurs Section at AFI FEST 2013

The New Auteurs section of AFI FEST 2013 highlights first and second-time feature film directors from around the world. New Auteurs is juried and is available for Grand Jury Awards.
This year's New Auteurs Jury features Peter Debruge (Variety), Karina Longworth (author and critic), Amy Nicholson (LA Weekly) and Betsy Sharkey (Los Angeles Times).
Films in the New Auteurs section:

THE FAKE - In this controversial animated drama from South Korea, a rural village in danger of a flood turns to a church that promises salvation. DIR Yeon Sang-ho. SCR Yeon Sang-ho. CAST Yang Ikjune, Oh Jungse, Kwon Haehyo, Park Heevon. South Korea.
HARMONY LESSONS - This captivating Kazakh drama follows an adolescent boy who faces schoolyard bullying - part of a hierarchy of village corruption - who resolves to plot revenge. DIR Emir Baigazin. SCR Emir Baigazin. CAST Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Anadassov, Anelya Adilbekova. Kazakhstan, Germany, France.
IN BLOOM - A powerful story about two 14-year-old girls who challenge patriarchal expectations in 1992 Tbilisi, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. DIR Nana Ekvtimishvili & Simon Gross. SCR Nana Ekvtimishvili. CAST Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze. Georgia, Germany, France.
MY DOG KILLER - This simmering drama follows a lonely young adult living in rural Slovakia, where bubbling ethnic tensions and inner turmoil lead to dark consequences. DIR Mira Fornay. SCR Mira Fornay. CAST Adam Mihal, Marian Kuruc, Irena Bendova, Libor Filo. Slovakia, Czech Republic.

NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN - A new member of a fundamentalist Christian group moves in with a family, but soon descends into a vortex of dogmatism, heresy and violence. DIR Katrin Gebbe. SCR Katrin Gebbe. CAST Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Gersak, Swantje Kohlhof, Annika Kuhl. Germany.
THE OWNERS - A comic look at class struggle, this Argentine tale of estate workers and their employers makes full use of its ensemble cast to explore the difficulty of sustaining a lie. DIR Agustín Toscano & Ezequiel Radusky. SCR Agustín Toscano & Ezequiel Radusky. CAST Rosario Blefari, Germán De Silva, Sergio Prina, Cynthia Avellaneda. Argentina.
THE SELFISH GIANT - In this memorable example of British realism, feisty menace Arbor and his friend Swifty are expelled from school and turn to illegal means of making money. DIR Clio Barnard. SCR Clio Barnard. CAST Connor Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Rebecca Manley. United Kingdom.
A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS - Filmmakers Ben Russell and Ben Rivers team up for the first time to create this experimental triptych of stories revolving around a silent protagonist. DIR Ben Rivers & Ben Russell. SCR Ben Rivers & Ben Russell. CAST Robert A.A Lowe, Taraka Larson, Nimai Larson, Nick Turvey. France, Estoria.
THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT - A whimsical exploration of the tensions and pleasures of everyday life is made in a cramped Berlin apartment overflowing with adults, children and pets. DIR Ramon Zürcher. SCR Ramon Zürcher. Jenny Schily, Anjorka Strechel, Mia Kasalo, Luk Pfaff. Germany.
WE ARE MARI PEPA - This comic love letter to the loss of innocence follows a Guadalajara teenager with fun summer expectations who must come to terms with growing responsibilities. DIR Samuel Isamu Kishi Leopo. SCR Samuel Isamu Kishi Leopo & Sofía Gómez Córdova. CAST Alejandro Gallardo, Arnold Ramírez, Jaime Miranda, Moisés Galindo. Mexico.

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