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AFI Fest Completes Lineup With Awards Contenders, International Cinema

Hollywood festival’s final bookings include six foreign-language Oscar entries


The AFI Fest 2014 has completed its programming with the announcement of more than 40 new titles, including six of the Oscar foreign-language entries, documentaries about Orson Welles and Soviet hockey, and a midnight movie by former “Flight of the Conchords” member Jemaine Clement.

The new additions, which were announced on Wednesday by the American Film Institute, put the final touches on a festival that will screen 73 features and 45 shorts from 39 countries during an eight-day run that begins on Nov. 6 in Hollywood.

The World Cinema program consists of 29 international films, including the foreign-language Oscar entries “Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem” (Israel), “Haemoo” (South Korea), “Human Capital” (Italy, pictured), “Leviathan” (Russia), “Timbuktu” (Mauritania) and “Wild Tales” (Argentina).

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Other international films include Yann Demange’s harrowing “’71,” with Jack O’Connell; Mia Hansen-Love’s look at the birth of electronic dance music, “Eden”; Lisandro Alonso’s stark “Jauja,” with Viggo Mortensen; Gabe Polsky’s documentary about the Russian hockey team of the 1970s and ’80s, “Red Army”; and Irish animator Tomm Moore’s followup to his Oscar-nominated “The Secret of Kells,” “Song of the Sea.”

The Midnight program consists of four films, including David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows” and Taika Waititi’s and Jemaine Clement’s mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows.”

Breakthrough consists of four films from Turkey, Iran, France and the U.S.: “The Blue Wave,” “Fish & Cat,” “May Allah Bless France!” and “The Midnight Swim.”

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The Cinema’s Legacy program is made up of three classic films and one new documentary. The older films are Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso,” John Cassavetes’ “Love Streams” and Vittorio De Sica’s “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” while the new film is “Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles,” from director Chuck Workman.

The AFI Fest will begin on Nov. 6 with the world premiere of J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” and end on Nov. 13 with Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher.” Tickets and information are currently available at AFI.com/AFIFEST.

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Here is the complete AFI Fest program of features, with newly announced titles listed first.

The newly announced programs:

“’71,” Yann Demange
“The Absent” (“Los Ausentes”), Nicolás Pereda
“August Winds” (“Ventos de Agosto”), Gabriel Mascaro
“Black Coal, Thin Ice” (“Bai ri yan huo”), DiaoYinan
“Breathe” (“Respire”), Melanie Laurent
“The Duke of Burgundy,” Peter Strickland
“Eden,” Mia Hansen-Løve
“The Fool” (“Durak”), Yury Bykov
“From What Is Before” (“Mula sa Kung ano ang noon”), Lav Diaz
“Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” Ronit Elkabetz & Shlomi Elkabetz
“Girlhood” (“Bande de Filles”), Céline Sciamma
“Goodnight Mommy” (“Ich she, Ich Sei”), Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala.
“Haemoo,” Shim Sung-bo
“Human Capital” (“Il Capitale Umano”), Paolo Virzì
“The Iron Ministry,” J.P. Sniadecki
“Jauja,” Lisandro Alonso
“Leviathan,” Andrey Zvyagintsev
“Manos Sucias,” Josef Kubota Wladyka
“Over Your Dead Body” (“Kuime”), Takashi Miike
“Reality,” Quentin Dupieux
“Red Army,” Gabe Polsky
“The Salt of the Earth,” Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
“Song of the Sea,” Tomm Moore
“Stations of the Cross” (“Kreuzweg”), Dietrich Bruggemann.
“Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako
“Titli,” Kanu Behl
“Tu Dors Nicole,” Stéphane Lafleur
“Villa Touma,” Suha Arraf
“Wild Tales” (“Relatos Salvajes”), Damián Szifrón

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Fabrice Du Welz
“A Hard Day” (“Kkeut-kka-ji Gan-da”), Kim Seong-hun
“It Follows,” David Robert Mitchell
“What We Do in the Shadows,” Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement

“The Blue Wave” (“Mavi Dalga”),
Zeynep Dadak& Merve Kayan
“Fish & Cat,” Shahram Mokri
“May Allah Bless France!” (“Qu’Allah Benisse la France!”), Abd Al Malik
“The Midnight Swim,” Sarah Adina Smith.

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“Cinema Paradiso”
(1989), Giuseppe Tornatore
“Love Streams” (1984), John Cassavetes
“Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles” (2014), Chuck Workman
“Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” (“Ieri, oggi, domain”) (1963), Vittorio De Sica

Previously announced programs:

“A Most Violent Year,”
J.C. Chandor (opening night)
“Inherent Vice,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Gambler,” Rupert Wyatt
“The Homesman,”
Tommy Lee Jones
A Special Tribute to Sophia Loren: “Human Voice,” Edoardo Ponti, and “Marriage Italian Style,” Vittorio De Sica
“Foxcatcher,” Bennett Miller (closing night)

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“Clouds of Sils Maria,”
Olivier Assayas
“Merchants of Doubt,” Robert Kenner
Xavier Dolan
“Mr. Turner,”
Mike Leigh
“Saint Laurent,” Bertrand Bonello
“Still Alice,” Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” Nick Broomfield
“Two Days, One Night,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

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“Alive” (“Sanda”)
, Park Jungbum
“Blind,” Eskil Vogt
“Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere” (“Dap Canh Giua Khong Trung”),  Nguyen Hoang Diep
“Gueros,” Alonso Ruizpalacios
“Run,” Philippe Lacôte
“Self Made” (“Boreg”), Shira Geffen
“The Tribe” (“Plemya”), Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
“Viktoria,” Maya Vitkova
Violet,” Bas Devos
The Wonders” (“Le Meraviglie”), Alice Rohrwacher

“10,000 KM,”
Carlos Marques-Marcet
“Buzzard,” Joel Potrykus
Faults,” Riley Stearns
“Felt,” Jason Banker
“Happy Valley,” Amir Bar-Lev
“Heaven Knows What,” Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie
“Thou Wast Mild & Lovely,” Josephine Decker
“The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga,” Jessica Oreck

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