October 10, 2012 |
Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian filmmaker behind such sexually charged movies as "Last Tango in Paris" and "The Dreamers," will be the guest artistic director at this year's AFI Fest. In the role, the 72-year-old director-writer will screen four of his favorite films: the musical "42nd Street," the silent film "Sunrise" and the French films "La Regle du Jeu" and "Vivre Sa Vie. " The festival also will screen "Electric Chair," a behind-the-scenes look at how Bertolucci put together his upcoming film "Me and You" -- the first Italian-language film he has made in 30 years.
November 2, 2012 |
Director Sacha Gervasi sat at the back of Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theatre last year when "Shame" enjoyed its centerpiece gala screening at the 2011 AFI Fest. He returned to the historic theater Thursday night with his own movie, "Hitchcock," and during a tearful introduction, Gervasi repeatedly acknowledged he could scarcely believe he was there. "We actually just finished the film 20 minutes ago," Gervasi joked while acknowledging the movie's editor, Pamela Martin. "Can we still take notes, Pam?"
November 1, 2012 |
Sacha Gervasi's “Hitchcock,” the opening night film of the AFI Fest on Thursday, wasn't supposed to be showing anywhere this year. Instead, the drama about the making of “Psycho” and the strained marriage between Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) originally was set for release next year. But good luck has smiled on “Hitchcock” at many turns, and now the Fox Searchlight film is set to complicate the Academy Awards race. Loosely adapted from Stephen Rebello's book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” the film marks Gervasi's debut as a feature film director.
September 19, 2013 |
Renowned French director Agnes Varda, who was named this month as the guest artistic director of the AFI Fest 2013, has selected a program of four eclectic movies to be screened at the festival, which runs Nov. 7-14 in Hollywood. The 85-year-old Varda, who directed her first feature, "La Pointe Courte," in 1955, has chosen films that have inspired her over the last six decades: Robert Bresson's acclaimed 1959 drama "Pickpocket"; John Cassavetes' 1974...
October 3, 2012 |
New films from Joe Swanberg, Antonio Campos and Brandon Cronenberg will be among the high-profile titles in the AFI Fest's lineups for its Young Americans and New Auteurs sections. The 26th edition of the festival kicks off Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 8. The Young Americans section spotlights up-and-coming U.S. filmmakers in the documentary and fiction realms, while New Auteurs highlights the work of first- and second-time feature filmmakers from around the world. Films in both sections are culled from the festival circuit, coming from places like Sundance, Berlin, South by Southwest, Toronto and Vienna.
September 4, 2013 |
Pioneering French film director Agnes Varda will serve as guest artistic director at AFI Fest 2013 , which takes place Nov. 7-14 in Hollywood. Varda, 85, will present a program of films that have inspired her work during the festival. Details of her program will be announced later in September. Varda is considered to be a key influence on France's New Wave movement that began in the late 1950s with such young filmmakers as Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Varda actually began making her own films before the New Wave officially began.