Just before what is generally thought of as “awards season” comes the American Film Institute’s AFIFEST presented by Audi.
I was in college, of prime draft age, when M*A*S*H hit the theaters in 1970. That probably says a lot about what I found so appealing about that film when I first saw it.
Justice. Revenge. Are they the same? Are they even related? In the Fade from Fatih Akin is the story of a search for justice, and what happens when that justice is denied.
There’s a new Western in town: The Ballad of Lefty Brown. Once upon a time Westerns were a staple of the movie industry. Now when one comes out they create a bit of nostalgia.
What Will People Say was one of my favorite films at AFIFest this year. I wasn’t alone in my estimation of the work; it also won the Audience Award in the New Auteurs section. It is a powerful and engaging film in which two different value systems collide within the life of a teenager as she grows up with connection to two cultures.
When I saw this film at AFI Fest, it played to a packed house. It wasn’t one of the films I was especially looking forward to. But I found it enjoyable in the absurd humor and the idiocy of the characters.
As Summer 1993 opens, children are playing in the street. One of them looks at six-year-old Frida (Laia Artegas), and asks, “Why aren’t you crying?” Is that part of the game or does Frida have reason to cry?
While I’m not a fan of supernatural events in horror films, this film does an excellent job of building tension. This is a spooky story as it plays out.
Hannah is something of a masters acting demonstration by Charlotte Rampling.
AFI Fest 2017 Presented by Audi runs November 9-17 in and around the Hollywood and Highland complex (also home to the Academy Awards). For those in the L.A. area, tickets for the festival are free, but you must go online to get the tickets. Besides bringing a variety of films from both established and new filmmakers, AFI Fest is a celebration of the history of film