A dozen films that are competing in the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film have been added to the lineup at this year’s AFI Fest, the American Film Institute announced on Tuesday.
The festival slate will also include new films by Drake Doremus, Jafar Panahi, Kim Ki-duk and Eli Roth, as well as a screening of the 1964 Disney film “Mary Poppins,” the making of which is the subject of the festival’s opening-night film, “Saving Mr. Banks.”
The completed AFI Fest lineup will consist of 83 features and 36 shorts from 43 countries, screening over the course of eight days in Hollywood. The festival begins on Nov. 7 with “Saving Mr. Banks,” and ends on Nov. 14 with the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Oscar contenders in the World Cinema Selections program include Yuval Adler’s “Bethlehem” (Israel), Alex van Warmerdam’s “Borgman” (the Netherlands), Calin Peter Netzer’s “Child’s Pose” (Romania), Danis Tanovic’s “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker” (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Louise Archambault’s “Gabrielle” (Canada), Sebastian Leilo’s “Gloria” (Chile), Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” (Italy) Amat Escalante’s “Heli” (Mexico), Kang Yi-kwan’s “Juvenile Offender” (South Korea), Rithy Panh’s “The Missing Picture” (Cambodia), Hany Abu-Assad’s “Omar” (Palestine) and Kim Mordaunt’s “The Rocket” (Australia).
Also added: Ritesh Batra’s “The Lunchbox” and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Like Father, Like Son,” which set off controversies in India and Japan when they were bypassed by those countries’ Oscar selection committees; Jafar Panahi’s “Closed Curtain,” made while the director was under house arrest in Iran; Ari Folman’s part live-action, part-animated “The Congress”; and Alain Guiraudie’s sexually explicit “Stranger by the Lake.”
Selections in the American Independents program include Drake Doremus’ “Breathe In,” Zeke Hawkins’ and Simon Hawkins’ “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” and AJ Schnack’s documentary “Caucus.”
The Cinema’s Legacy section includes revival screenings of Jacques Demy’s “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” and Norman Panama’s and Melvin Frank’s “The Court Jester,” as well as a screening of Disney’s “Mary Poppins,” the making of which is the subject of the festival’s opening-night film, “Saving Mr. Banks.”
Passes for the festival are now available for purchase at AFI.com/AFIFEST. Free tickets to all screenings will be available beginning Oct. 30.
The new selections:
WORLD CINEMA SELECTIONS
BABY BLUES Kasia Rosłaniec. Poland.
BETHLEHEM Yuval Adler. Israel.
BORGMAN Alex van Warmerdam. Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark.
CHILD’S POSE Călin Peter Netzer. Romania.
CLOSED CURTAIN Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi. Iran.
THE CONGRESS Ari Folman. Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg.
AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER Danis Tanovic. Bosnia and Herzegovina,
EXHIBITION Joanna Hogg. United Kingdom.
GABRIELLE Louise Archambault. Canada.
GLORIA Sebastián Lelio.. Chile, Spain.
GRAND CENTRAL Rebecca Zlotowski. France, Austria.
THE GREAT BEAUTY Paolo Sorrentino. Italy, France.
HALF OF A YELLOW SUN Biyi Bandele. Nigeria, United Kingdom.
HELI Amat Escalante. Mexico, France, Germany, Netherlands.
JUVENILE OFFENDER Kang Yi-kwan. South Korea.
LA JAULA DE ORO Diego Quemada-Diez. Mexico, Spain.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japan.
THE LUNCHBOX Ritesh Batra. India, France, Germany.
MANAKAMANA Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez. Nepal, USA.
MANUSCRIPTS DON’T BURN Mohammad Rasoulof. Iran.
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Thomas Imbach. Switzerland, France.
THE MISSING PICTURE Rithy Panh. Cambodia, France.
MOEBIUS Kim Ki-duk. South Korea.
OMAR Hany Abu-Assad. Palestine.
OUR SUNHI Hong Sang-soo. South Korea.
THE ROCKET Kim Mordaunt. Australia.
STRANGER BY THE LAKE Alain Guiraudie. France.
TOM AT THE FARM Xavier Dolan. Canada, France.
VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR Denis Côté. Canada.
WE ARE THE BEST! Lukas Moodysson. Sweden.
WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM Corneliu Porumboiu. Romania, France.
THE WIND RISES Hayao Miyazaki. Japan.
AMERICAN INDEPENDENTS SELECTIONS
AWFUL NICE Todd Sklar. USA.
BLUE RUIN Jeremy Saulnier. USA.
BREATHE IN Drake Doremus. USA.
CAUCUS AJ Schnack. USA.
CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Karlyn Michelson. USA.
WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE Zeke Hawkins, Simon Hawkins. USA.
B FOR BOY Chika Anadu. Nigeria.
CONGRATULATIONS! Mike Brune. USA.
LITTLE BLACK SPIDERS Patrice Toye. Belgium.
MY AFGHANISTAN – LIFE IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE Nagieb Khaja. Denmark.
BIG BAD WOLVES Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshlaes. Israel.
THE GREEN INFERNO Eli Roth. USA, Chile.
R100 Hitoshi Matsumoto. Japan.
THE SACRAMENT Ti West. USA.
THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani. Belgium, France, Luxembourg.
CINEMA’S LEGACY SELECTIONS
THE COURT JESTER (1955) Norman Panama, Melvin Frank. USA.
MARY POPPINS (1964) Robert Stevenson. USA.
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) Jacques Demy. France.
DRONES Rick Rosenthal. USA.
HERBLOCK: THE BLACK AND THE WHITE Michael Stevens. USA.