We've Got Hollywood Covered

‘The Selfish Giant,’ Foreign Oscar Entries Join AFI Fest Lineup

American Film Institute unveils New Auteurs section, shorts and juries for Hollywood festival


Ten films from first- and second-time directors, including “The Arbor” director Clio Barnard’s dark drama “The Selfish Giant” (photo above) and the Oscar foreign-language entries “In Bloom” and “My Dog Killer,” have joined the lineup of the AFI Fest in the New Auteurs section, the American Film Institute announced on Tuesday.

Films also include the animated drama “The Fake” from South Korea, Ben Russell’s and Ben Rivers’ experimental triptych “A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness” and the Mexican comedy “We Are Mari Pepa.”

The AFI also announced 36 shorts from 16 different countries, and revealed the makeup of its New Auteurs and Shorts juries.

Also read: AFI Fest Sets ‘Out of the Furnace’ Premiere, ‘Walter Mitty’ Screening, Bruce Dern Tribute (Exclusive)

The New Auteurs jury will consist of writers and critics Peter DeBruge, Karina Longworth, Amy Nicholson and Betsy Sharkey. The Shorts jury is made up of producer Alejandro De Leon, filmmakers Kitao Sakurai and Jordan Vogt-Roberts and programmer Heidi Zwicker.

The 2013 AFI Fest will take place from Nov. 7-14 in Hollywood. Passes and more information about the distribution of free tickets are available at AFI.com/AFIFEST.

The New Auteurs selections:

“The Fake,” South Korea.
Director: Yeon Sang-ho.
Cast: Yang Ikjune, Oh Jungse, Kwon Haehyo, Park Heevon.

“Harmony Lessons,” Kazakhstan/Germany/France.
Director: Emir Baigazin
Cast: Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Anadassov, Anelya Adilbekova.

“In Bloom,” Georgia/Germany/France.
Directors: Nana Ekvtimishvili & Simon Gross.
Cast: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze.

My Dog Killer,” Slovakia/Czech Republic.
Director: Mira Fornay.
Cast: Adam Mihal, Marian Kuruc, Irena Bendova, Libor Filo.

“Nothing Bad Can Happen,” Germany.
Director: Katrin Gebbe.
Cast: Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Gersak, Swantje Kohlhof, Annika Kuhl.

“The Owners,” Argentina.
Directors: Agustín Toscano & Ezequiel Radusky.
Cast: Rosario Blefari, Germán De Silva, Sergio Prina, Cynthia Avellaneda.

“The Selfish Giant,” UK
Director: Clio Barnard.
Cast: Connor Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Rebecca Manley.

“A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness,” France/Estonia.
Directors: Ben Rivers & Ben Russell.
Cast: Robert A.A Lowe, Taraka Larson, Nimai Larson, Nick Turvey.

“The Strange Little Cat,” Germany.
Director: Ramon Zurcher.
Cast: Jenny Schily, Anjorka Strechel, Mia Kasalo, Luk Pfaff.

“We Are Mari Pepa,” Mexico.
Director: Samuel Isamu Kishi Leopo.
Cast: Alejandro Gallardo, Arnold Ramírez, Jaime Miranda, Moisés Galindo.