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November 10, 2018

  TCL Chinese TheatreChinese 1Chinese 2Chinese 3Chinese 4Chinese 5Chinese 6Egyptian Theatre - RiglerEgyptian Theatre - SpielbergHollywood Roosevelt
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7:30 p.m. - 8:56 p.m.THE KOMINSKY METHOD
12:00 p.m. - 2:22 p.m.SUNSET
3:15 p.m. - 4:26 p.m.THE GREAT PRETENDER
5:45 p.m. - 7:10 p.m.FAMILY
8:45 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.HER SMELL
11:59 p.m. - 1:33 a.m.CAM
11:30 a.m. - 1:19 p.m.VISION
2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.SHORTS PROGRAM 3
5:15 p.m. - 7:09 p.m.SHORTS PROGRAM 1
8:15 p.m. - 10:04 p.m.SHORTS PROGRAM 4
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.SEX AND POWER: THE VISUAL LANGUAGE OF OPPRESSION with Nina Menkes
3:30 p.m. - 4:54 p.m.THE RETURN
6:15 p.m. - 7:57 p.m.FUGUE
9:15 p.m. - 10:52 p.m.DIAMANTINO
12:45 p.m. - 2:32 p.m.PUTIN'S WITNESSES
3:45 p.m. - 5:27 p.m.THE CHAMBERMAID
7:00 p.m. - 8:17 p.m.QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
9:30 p.m. - 12:23 a.m.OUR TIME
12:15 p.m. - 2:01 p.m.KNIFE+HEART
3:15 p.m. - 4:57 p.m.AMATEURS
6:30 p.m. - 8:41 p.m.DEAD PIGS
9:45 p.m. - 11:02 p.m.BLACK MOTHER
12:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.3 FACES
2:30 p.m. - 5:38 p.m.THE WILD PEAR TREE
6:45 p.m. - 8:35 p.m.TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG
9:45 p.m. - 11:32 p.m.MAYA
4:00 p.m. - 5:18 p.m.THE JUNIPER TREE
7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.ROMA
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.THE LANGUAGE OF CINEMA: INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORS

GALAS

THE KOMINSKY METHOD

Chuck Lorre, Andy Tennant, Donald Petrie

TCL Chinese Theatre, 11/10/2018 7:30 p.m.

Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas), a once-famous actor, now spends his days as an acting coach in Los Angeles. In this comedic new series created by Chuck Lorre (THE BIG BANG THEORY, TWO AND A HALF MEN), Kominsky tackles late-in-life curveballs with his longtime agent, Norman Newlander (Alan Arkin).  read more

WORLD CINEMA

SUNSET

László Nemes

Chinese 1, 11/10/2018 12:00 p.m.

As World War I approaches, Irisz arrives in Budapest with the dream to work as a milliner at Leiter, a store once owned by her family. Her hopes dashed by the new proprietor, she discovers news that a previously unknown sibling may exist, who may or may not be a nefarious serial killer, and sets out to meet him.  read more

AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS

THE GREAT PRETENDER

Nathan Silver

Chinese 1, 11/10/2018 3:15 p.m.

In Nathan Silver’s latest comedy, four New Yorkers intersect within the framework of Mona’s (Maëlle Poesy-Guichard) autobiographical play. Expanding upon the themes of self-delusion Silver explored in THIRST STREET (2017), the film's artificial hues of violet, yellow and green blur the characters' real lives with the play in which they’re all unwittingly performing.  read more

AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS

FAMILY

Laura Steinel

Chinese 1, 11/10/2018 5:45 p.m.

When her estranged brother calls in an emergency, workaholic Kate Stone (Taylor Schilling) reluctantly agrees to babysit her tween niece Maddie. Kate’s life quickly spins into chaos as one night turns into a week. She doesn’t think things could get much worse, until she learns Maddie wants to run away from home to join the life of the Juggalos.  read more

AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS

HER SMELL

Alex Ross Perry

Chinese 1, 11/10/2018 8:45 p.m.

In HER SMELL, Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) battles addiction and personal demons while trying to maintain her celebrity and creativity as lead musician of a '90s punk-rock band. Backstage, Becky comes unhinged, ranting maniacally at her bandmates, friends and family as mascara runs down her face. With an uneasy, bass-heavy score and lengthy tracking close-ups, this is a nightmarish, abrasive ride to rock bottom.  read more

MIDNIGHT

CAM

Daniel Goldhaber

Chinese 1, 11/10/2018 11:59 p.m.

Lola (THE HANDMAID'S TALE’s Madeline Brewer) is a modern-day camgirl who makes her living through online private chats, but her world is about to be ominously disrupted. Written by a former camgirl, this modern-age thriller is one of the most surprising and intelligent films of the year.  read more

WORLD CINEMA

VISION

Naomi Kawase

Chinese 2, 11/10/2018 11:30 am

Juliette Binoche stars in Naomi Kawase's latest, a meditative journey into the heart of Japan, and a mysterious portrait of one woman's search for meaning. When Jeanne (Binoche) seeks a rare medicinal plant in the forested Nara region, her quest is aided by a ranger who helps to reveal painful fragments of her past.  read more

SHORT FILMS

SHORTS PROGRAM 3

Chinese 2, 11/10/2018 2:30 p.m.

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SHORT FILMS

SHORTS PROGRAM 1

Chinese 2, 11/10/2018 5:15 p.m.

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SHORT FILMS

SHORTS PROGRAM 4

Chinese 2, 11/10/2018 8:15 p.m.

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CONVERSATIONS

SEX AND POWER: THE VISUAL LANGUAGE OF OPPRESSION with Nina Menkes

Chinese 3, 11/10/2018 1:00 p.m.

Filmmaker Nina Menkes presents, analyzes and deconstructs a series of film clips to show how lighting, camera angles, camera movement, blocking and framing are used in mainstream filmmaking to formally disempower women on screen. Menkes presented this lecture at the 2018 Sundance and Cannes film festivals, among other prestigious venues.  read more

NEW AUTEURS

THE RETURN

Malene Choi

Chinese 3, 11/10/2018 3:30 p.m.

In Malene Choi's formally daring work of docufiction, the temporary residents of KoRoot — a Seoul-based guesthouse for transnational adoptees seeking information on their Korean birth parents — form a unique bond with one another while they process the intense emotions inherent in their journey of self-discovery.  read more

WORLD CINEMA

FUGUE

Agnieszka Smoczyńska

Chinese 3, 11/10/2018 6:15 p.m.

Alicja suffers from memory loss and has rebuilt her own free-spirited way of life. Two years later, she returns to her family and unwillingly resumes her role as wife, mother and daughter. FUGUE confronts the social taboos surrounding motherhood and the pressures on women to accept maternity without hesitation or reflection.  read more

WORLD CINEMA

DIAMANTINO

Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt

Chinese 3, 11/10/2018 9:15 p.m.

When Portuguese soccer god Diamantino blows a chance at World Cup glory, the disgraced footballer finds himself unwittingly tied up in conspiracies involving evil twin sisters, gender bending genetic experimentation, lesbian spies and far-right ultra-nationalists in this delightfully sharp, future cult classic.  read more

WORLD CINEMA

PUTIN'S WITNESSES

Vitaly Mansky

Chinese 4, 11/10/2018 12:45 p.m.

With PUTIN'S WITNESSES, Vitaly Mansky returns to footage he filmed when commissioned — and provided with unnervingly intimate access — on a propaganda film promoting Vladmir Putin’s first presidential election. In this captivating portrait, Mansky both chronicles the alarming ease of the dictator’s rise to power and examines his own complicity in the dictator’s near two-decade rule.  read more

NEW AUTEURS

THE CHAMBERMAID

Lila Avilés

Chinese 4, 11/10/2018 3:45 p.m.

Lila Avilés’ feature debut follows Eve, a young housekeeping maid in a luxurious Mexico City hotel, as she struggles with long hours and monotonous work. THE CHAMBERMAID is the touching story of her struggles to rise above her current role and find a better life, and of her journey of self-discovery along the way.  read more

CINEMA'S LEGACY

QUEEN OF DIAMONDS

Nina Menkes

Chinese 4, 11/10/2018 7:00 p.m.

A seminal work by experimental narrative filmmaker Nina Menkes, this film stars her sister and longtime collaborator Tinka Menkes as a blackjack dealer at a desert casino. The resulting film is a hypnotic trance of white bones and blue sky, the occasional oasis, the dark nights punctuated by neon. Restored in 2018 by the Academy Film Archive and the Film Foundation with funding provided by the George Lucas family.  read more

WORLD CINEMA

OUR TIME

Carlos Reygadas

Chinese 4, 11/10/2018 9:30 p.m.

Two-time AFI FEST alum Carlos Reygadas returns with an intensely personal project. OUR TIME tells the story of an upper-middle-class rancher (Reygadas) whose wife (played by Reygadas' real-life spouse) draws him into a cuckolding fetish. As the emotional stakes rise, life on the idyllic landscape becomes threatened.  read more

MIDNIGHT

KNIFE+HEART

Yann Gonzalez

Chinese 5, 11/10/2018 12:15 p.m.

A masked madman, using a switchblade dildo, stalks a producer and her film company. What results is a psychosexual slasher set in the world of the 1970s porn scene in Paris, from visionary and boundary-pushing director Yann Gonzalez.  read more

WORLD CINEMA

AMATEURS

Gabriela Pichler

Chinese 5, 11/10/2018 3:15 p.m.

When German investors show interest in building a superstore in the small town of Lafors, community leaders decide to create a promotional video. Turning to students for help, teenagers Aida and Dana begin filming — and the battle for the true image of Lafors is on. Director Gabriela Pichler returns to AFI FEST with a sharp, funny, youthful and complex drama about giving voice to those most often unheard.  read more

NEW AUTEURS

DEAD PIGS

Cathy Yan

Chinese 5, 11/10/2018 6:30 p.m.

Five lives collide in Cathy Yan’s quirky and comic debut — a bumbling pig farmer, a salon owner battling gentrification, an American ex-pat looking for success, a romantic waiter and a spoiled rich girl. DEAD PIGS sharply examines a contrasting China, where modern culture clashes with the traditional.  read more

NEW AUTEURS

BLACK MOTHER

Khalik Allah

Chinese 5, 11/10/2018 9:45 p.m.

From red light districts to lush rainforests, director Khalik Allah's brilliant experimental documentary weaves together the sacred and the profane in a loving and lyrical ode to Jamaica and its people, a visual poem that is at once deeply felt love letter and ecstatic street-corner prayer.  read more

WORLD CINEMA

3 FACES

Jafar Panahi

Chinese 6, 11/10/2018 12:00 p.m.

Jafar Panahi and Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari travel to a small village in northwest Iran to investigate the possible suicide of an aspiring young actress. Content to sit in the car while three generations of women examine their dual oppression, Panahi traverses moral and ideological pathways through rural Iran with trademark heart, charm and wit.  read more

WORLD CINEMA

THE WILD PEAR TREE

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Chinese 6, 11/10/2018 2:30 p.m.

THE WILD PEAR TREE is a portrait of an ambitious young writer returning home after college. At once languid and rhapsodic, Palme d'Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan's film is a profound and poetic look at a misspent youth grasping at a maturity that, once attained, is revealed to be the ultimate disappointment.  read more

WORLD CINEMA

TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG

Dominga Sotomayor

Chinese 6, 11/10/2018 6:45 p.m.

Sixteen-year-old Sofia navigates the usual pitfalls of her age against the unusual backdrop of a burgeoning utopian society in the Chilean mountains of the 1990s. A moody, atmospheric period piece, Dominga Sotomayor's third feature firmly establishes her as one of today's most original filmmakers.  read more

WORLD CINEMA

MAYA

Mia Hansen-Løve

Chinese 6, 11/10/2018 9:45 p.m.

Mia Hansen-Løve reunites with actor Roman Kolinka for her sixth feature. As the French protagonist Gabriel, he travels to India after a traumatic stint of forced captivity and encounters the charming Maya. What takes shape is a subtle build of silent attraction as the two explore his childhood home in this gentle film filled with yearning, wandering and rumination.  read more

CINEMA'S LEGACY

THE JUNIPER TREE

Nietzchka Keene

Egyptian Theatre - Rigler, 11/10/2018 4:00 p.m.

This beautiful restoration exhumes Nietzchka Keene’s unheralded debut, a feminist interpretation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale that underscores the uncertain safety of women in a patriarchal society. Filmed in Iceland, this atmospheric fantasy features a 20-year-old Björk as Margit, who escapes with her sister Katla when their mother is killed for practicing witchcraft.  read more

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

ROMA

Alfonso Cuarón

Egyptian Theatre - Rigler, 11/10/2018 7:00 p.m.

Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA is a semi-autobiographical recounting of one year in the life of an upper-middle-class family in Mexico City in the 1970s. From the perspective of their live-in maid and nanny Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio, in an exceptionally subtle yet powerful performance), this profoundly compassionate and humanistic portrait delivers a transcendent masterwork from one of our greatest living filmmakers.  read more

CONVERSATIONS

THE LANGUAGE OF CINEMA: INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORS

Hollywood Roosevelt, 11/10/2018 12:00 p.m.

Join four directors with films in this year's foreign Oscar® race — Rima Das (Indian Oscar® entry VILLAGE ROCKSTARS; AFI FEST film BULBUL CAN SING), Sophie Dupuis (Canada's FAMILY FIRST), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Germany's NEVER LOOK AWAY) and László Nemes (Hungary's SUNSET) — in a conversation with Barry Sabath, producer and AFI Conservatory Senior Lecturer.  read more

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