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AFI Fest Announces 2019 Lineup


AFI Fest has announced this year's lineup, which is underwhelming compared to other festival lineups this season. And in more unfortunate news, the previously free of charge festival is now charging for tickets to each screening.

On the plus side, with 51% of this year's films directed by women, AFI Fest is one of the few festivals that has actually achieved gender parity with directors of its selections.

The festival has a few big premieres: Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell and Melina Matsoukas' Queen and Slim, both of which were previously announced, as well as the Apple film The Banker, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult and Nia Long. Other big name films at this year's fest include The Aeronauts, Clemency, and Just Mercy.

This year's festival is honoring Alan J. Pakula by screening several of his films, such as Sophie's Choice and Klute.



16 DECEMBER
Álvaro Gago

ADAM
Maryan Touzani

THE AERONAUTS
Tom Harper

ALAN PAKULA: GOING FOR TRUTH
Matthew Miele

ALIEN (REONGHEE)
Jegwang Yeon

AMERICAN FACTORY (美国工厂)
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

AND THEN WE DANCED
Levan Akin

ANNA
Dekel Berenson

ANNE AT 13,000 FT
Kazik Radwanski

ANTIGONE
Sophie Deraspe

THE APOLLO
Roger Ross Williams

ATLANTICS (ATLANTIQUE)
Mati Diop

AZIZA
Soudade Kaadan

BABYTEETH
Shannon Murphy

BACURAU
Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho

BALLOON
Jeremy Merrifield

BALLOON (QI QIU)
Pema Tseden

THE BANKER
George Nolfi

BEANPOLE
Kantemir Balagov

BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR
Eva Orner

BLACK BUS STOP
Kevin Jerome Everson, Claudrena N. Harold

BLACKBIRD
Roger Michell

BLESSED LAND
Phạm Ngọc Lân

BLOW THE MAN DOWN
Bridget Savage Cole, Danielle Krudy

THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE ...
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn

BUG BITE
Emily Ann Hoffman

THE BURNING BUSH (הסנה הבוער)
Noam Greif

CACTUS BLOSSOM
Samir Oliveros

CARNE
Camila Kater

THE CAVE
Feras Fayyad

THE CHEF
Hao Zheng

CHEZ JOLIE COIFFURE
Rosine Mbakam

CHILD
Talia Zucker

CITIZEN K
Alex Gibney

CLEMENCY
Chinonye Chukwu

THE CLINIC
Elivia Shaw

CORPUS CHRISTI (BOŻE CIAŁO)
Jan Komasa

THE CROWN
Benjamin Caron

DEEP TISSUE
Meredith Alloway

DEERSKIN
Quentin Dupieux

DESERT ONE
Barbara Kopple

THE DEVIL’S HARMONY
Dylan Holmes Williams

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US AND THE SKY
Vasilis Kekatos

DOCKING
Trevor Anderson

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SUDD...
Scott Calonico

EXAM
Sonia K. Hadad

EXIT 12
Mohammad Gorjestani

FAMILY MEMBERS (LOS MIEMBROS DE LA FAMIL...
Mateo Bendesky

FIRE IN PARADISE
Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari

FLORENCE
Emanuele Daga

FORMAN VS. FORMAN
Jakub Hejna, Helena Třeštíková

FORT IRWIN
Quinn Else

THE FRIEND
Gabriela Cowperthwaite

GHOSTS OF SUGAR LAND
Bassam Tariq

THE GIVERNY DOCUMENT (SINGLE CHANNEL)
Ja'Tovia Gary

THE GOLDEN LEGEND (LEYENDA DORADA)
Chema García Ibarra, Ion de Sosa

GRACE
R.J. Glass

HALA
Minhal Baig

HE DREAMS OF GIANTS
Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe

HELLO AHMA
Siyou Tan

A HIDDEN LIFE
Terrence Malick

THE HISTORY OF MONSTERS
Juan Pablo Arias Muñoz

THE HUMAN FACTOR
Dror Moreh

I AM NOT ALONE
Garin Hovannisian

I WAS AT HOME, BUT… (ICH WAR ZUHAU...
Angela Schanelec

IDOL (WOO SANG)
Lee Su-jin

INTERMISSION EXPEDITION
Wiep Teeuwisse

IVANA THE TERRIBLE
Ivana Mladenović

JALLIKATTU
Lijo Jose Pellissery

JUST MERCY
Destin Daniel Cretton

THE KINGMAKER
Lauren Greenfield

KLUTE
Alan J. Pakula

KNIVES AND SKIN
Jennifer Reeder

THE LAST TO SEE THEM (GLI ULTIMI A VEDER...
Sara Summa

LIBERTÉ
Albert Serra

LIBERTY
Faren Humes

LINGUA FRANCA
Isabel Sandoval

LOST & FOUND
Orlando Von Einsiedel

LOUISE
Natalie Camou

LOVE ME TENDER
Klaudia Reynicke

A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA
Sophia Nahli Allison

MACK WRESTLES
Erin Sanger, Taylor Hess

MARRIAGE MATERIAL, THE MUSICAL!
Oran Zegman

MATERNAL
Maura Delpero

MILLER & SON
Asher Jelinsky

THE MINORS
Robert Machoian

MISS BOUNDLESS (弄璋记)
Qiyu Zhou

MONSTRUO DIOS
Agustina San Martín

MORS DAG
Jeanine Frost

MS SLAVIC 7
Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell

MTHUNZI
Tebogo Malebogo

NOBADI
Karl Markovics

OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE
Ric Burns

ONE CHILD NATION
Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

OUT OF PLACE
Peier "Tracy" Shen

PATRICK (DE PATRICK)
Tim Mielants

THE PLANTERS
Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
Céline Sciamma

PRESENT.PERFECT. (WAN MEI XIAN ZAI SHI)
Shengze Zhu

PROGENY
Justin Daering

PROXIMA
Alice Winocour

QUEEN & SLIM
Melina Matsoukas

READY FOR WAR
Andrew Renzi

RICHARD JEWELL
Clint Eastwood

ROCKS
Sarah Gavron

A RODEO FILM
Darius Dawson

ROMANTIC COMEDY
Elizabeth Sankey

SAINT MAUD
Rose Glass

THE SCIENCE OF FICTIONS (HIRUK-PIKUK SI-...
Yosep Anggi Noen

SEARCHING EVA
Pia Hellenthal

SELAH AND THE SPADES
Tayarisha Poe

SIN CIELO
J. S. Maarten

THE SLEEPWALKERS (LOS SONÁMBULOS)
Paula Hernández

SLUG LIFE
Sophie Gate

SOMETHING TO REMEMBER (NÅGOT ATT MINNAS...
Niki Lindroth von Bahr

SON-MOTHER (PESAR-MADAR)
Mahnaz Mohammadi

THE SONG OF NAMES
François Girard

SONG WITHOUT A NAME (CANCION SIN NOMBRE)
Melina Léon

SOPHIE’S CHOICE
Alan J. Pakula

SOUTH OXFORD, ALL IOWA LAWN TENNIS CLUB,...
Darius Clark Monroe

THE STERILE CUCKOO
Alan J. Pakula

STORY
Jolanta Bankowska

SUICIDE BY SUNLIGHT
Nikyatu Jusu

TAKE ME TO PROM
Andrew Moir

TALKING ABOUT TREES
Suhaib Gasmelbari

THEY WON’T LAST
Portlynn Tagavi

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (TABI NO OWARI ...
Kiyoshi Kurosawa

THE TRAITOR
Marco Bellocchio

TREE #3
Omer Ben-Shachar

TROOP ZERO
Bert & Bertie

THE TRUTH
Hirokazu Kore-eda

THE TWO POPES
Fernando Meirelles

UNDER COVERS
Michaela Olsen

UNDER THE FLAG
Jiawei Cheng

VARDA BY AGNÈS
Agnès Varda

VINCENT
Gabriele Di Sazio

WAX PAUL NOW
Val Bodurtha, Rebecca Shaw, Sophie Mann

WELCOME TO THE USA
Assel Aushakimova

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE WATER AND THE...
Jian Luo

THE WHISTLERS
Corneliu Porumboiu

YELLOW GIRL & ME
Isabella Issa

YOUR LAST DAY ON EARTH (TU ÚLTIMO DÍA ...
Marc Martínez Jordán



You can read more about each film at the AFI website. If you're in LA and want to check out some of the festival's offerings, OP can personally recommend Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Proxima, and has also heard great things about Rocks, Atlantics, and Blow the Man Down.

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I'm an AFI member and got zero notice about this year's schedule or when tickets were set to go on sale, and their website is a damn laggy mess. Really disappointing after last year's excellent festival.
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