Sunday, December 4, 2022

The 2022 AFI Film Festival Lineup

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced the full lineup for AFI FEST 2022. The film festival will take place exclusively in person in Los Angeles from November 2nd-6th.  Individual tickets for all screenings will be available to AFI members on October 11th and to the general public on October 12th.

RED CARPET PREMIERES

AFI rolls out the red carpet for the most anticipated films of the festival. Sure to be an exciting celebration of the best in film, the section delivers world-class filmmakers, talented actors and artisans, and a dose of Hollywood magic that can only be found at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre.

BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS
BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS follows a Mexican journalist and documentarian’s journey home as he grapples with questions about identity, success, mortality, history and familial bonds. DIR Alejandro G. Iñárritu. SCR Nicolás Giacobone, Alejandro G. Iñárritu. CAST Daniel Giménez Cacho, Griselda Siciliani, Ximena Lamadrid, Iker Solano. Mexico

THE FABELMANS
Starring Michelle Williams and Paul Dano, Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age epic follows Sammy Fabelman, who falls in love with moviemaking and grapples with the family turmoil that would ultimately shape him as a filmmaker. DIR Steven Spielberg. SCR Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner. CAST Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Paul Dano, Gabriel Labelle, Judd Hirsch, Jeannie Berlin, David Lynch, Birdie Borria, Cooper Dodson, Gustavo Escobar, Julia Butters, Sam Rechner, Chloe East, Keeley Karsten. USA

GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO
Set in 1930s Italy, this darkly whimsical, stop-motion film directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson reimagines Pinocchio on an enchanted adventure that reveals the life-giving power of love. DIR Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson. SCR Guillermo del Toro, Patrick McHale. CAST Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Gregory Mann, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, Christoph Waltz,Tilda Swinton. USA

LIVING
In this British reimagining of Kurosawa’s IKIRU, a lonely bureaucratic pencil pusher is struck by a newfound tenacity when he learns of his impending death. DIR Oliver Hermanus. SCR Kazuo Ishiguro. CAST Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, Tom Burke. UK

SELENA GOMEZ: MY MIND AND ME
In this deeply personal documentary, Grammy®-nominated singer and actress Selena Gomez invites audiences along on an illuminating journey as she navigates the pressures of stardom and seeks to prioritize and destigmatize conversations surrounding mental health. DIR Alek Keshishian. SCR Alek Keshishian, Paul Marchand. USA

SHE SAID
SHE SAID details New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor’s groundbreaking story which propelled the #Metoo movement, shattered decades of silence around sexual assault and altered culture forever. DIR Maria Schrader. SCR Rebecca Lenkiewicz. CAST Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Morton. USA

THE SON
Divorced and newly married Peter (Hugh Jackman) has a fraught relationship with his troubled teenage son in Florian Zeller’s affecting spiritual sequel to THE FATHER. DIR Florian Zeller. SCR Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton. CAST Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath, Hugh Quarshie, Anthony Hopkins. USA, France

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Showcasing the most acclaimed films of the season from an exciting combination of international auteurs and emerging talent, this section features unparalleled and unforgettable stories, characters and performances.

BONES AND ALL
Luca Guadagnino’s latest film, BONES AND ALL, is a story of first love between Maren, a young woman learning how to survive on the margins of society, and Lee, an intense and disenfranchised drifter; a liberating road odyssey of two young people coming into their own, searching for identity and chasing beauty in a perilous world that cannot abide who they are. DIR Luca Guadagnino. SCR David Kajganich. CAST Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, André Holland, Chloë Sevigny, David Gordon Green, Jessica Harper, Jake Horowitz, Mark Rylance. USA

IS THAT BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU?!?
Elvis Mitchell constructs a personal history with portrayals of Black life in American cinema, from Oscar Micheaux to the blaxploitation era and beyond, in this energetic, joyous love letter to a community and an art. DIR Elvis Mitchell. USA

LE PUPILLE
Produced by Alfonso Cuarón, LE PUPILLE is a magical fable about a group of rebellious Catholic schoolgirls blessed with a Christmas cake during wartime. Screening followed by a conversation with director Alice Rohrwacher. DIR Alice Rohrwacher. SCR Alice Rohrwacher. CAST Alba Rohrwacher, Greta Zuccheri Montanari, Carmen Pommella, Lady Maru, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Melissa Falasconi. Italy

NANNY
Imbued with magical realism, African folklore and a creeping sense of dread, NANNY follows Senegalese mother Aisha, displaced in New York City and cursed by horrific nightmares that threaten her sanity. DIR Nikyatu Jusu. SCR Nikyatu Jusu. CAST Anna Diop, Michelle Monaghan, Sinqua Walls, Morgan Spector, Rose Decker. USA

“SR.”
This tender, career-spanning portrait of the irreverent, underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr., is told via revealing interviews with family members, including his son, actor Robert Downey Jr., and friends such as Alan Arkin, Norman Lear and Paul Thomas Anderson. DIR Chris Smith. USA

WOMEN TALKING
Directed by Sarah Polley, WOMEN TALKING follows the riveting story where the women of an isolated religious community struggle with an epidemic of sexual abuse, featuring a stunning ensemble cast including Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey, with Ben Whishaw and Frances McDormand. DIR Sarah Polley. SCR Sarah Polley. CAST Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Judith Ivey, Sheila McCarthy. USA

GUEST ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
AVA DUVERNAY

In a special Spotlight section, AFI FEST honors celebrated filmmaker, producer and founder of distribution company ARRAY, Ava DuVernay, who presents three independent films amplifying the voices of women directors.

HELLION (2014)
When motocross and heavy metal obsessed, thirteen-year-old, Jacob’s increasing delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother, Wes, with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent father, Hollis, must finally take responsibility for their actions… DIR Kat Candler. SCR Kat Candler. CAST Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner. USA

MOSQUITA Y MARI (2012)
When straight A student Yolanda — aka Mosquita decides to help struggling tough girl Mari with her homework, an intense attraction evolves between the two. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces. DIR Aurora Guerrero. SCR Aurora Guerrero. CAST Laura Patalano, Venecia Troncoso, Fenessa Pineda. USA

YELLING TO THE SKY (2011)

As her family falls apart, 17-year-old Sweetness O’Hara is left to fend for herself in a neighborhood where her survival is uncertain. DIR Victoria Mahoney. CAST Zoë Kravitz, Jason Clarke, Tim Blake Nelson. USA

WORLD CINEMA

Here in the movie capital of the world, we celebrate the contributions of global cinema. Bringing to our city the best films from around the globe, this section presents the depth and diversity of human culture as seen through the universal language of the motion picture.

ALCARRÀS
Selected as Spain’s official Oscar® submission, Carla Simón’s neorealist film follows the close-knit Solé family, who pick peaches from their rural orchard every summer, as they struggle to keep up with the changing times. DIR Carla Simón. SCR Carla Simón, Arnau Vilaró. CAST Jordi Pujol Dolcet, Anna Otín, Xènia Roset, Albert Bosch, Ainet Jounou. Spain, Italy

BEFORE, NOW & THEN
Set amid the political upheaval of 1960s Indonesia, Nana (Happy Salma) is pressured to remarry and suffer in silence as she is haunted by the past in this lyrical epic of repressed longing. DIR Kamila Andini. SCR Kamila Andini, Ahda Imran. CAST Happy Salma, Laura Basuki, Arswendy Bening Swara, Ibnu Jamil. Indonesia

THE EIGHT MOUNTAINS
In this quiet epic, and co-winner of the Cannes Jury Prize, two friends, Pietro (Luca Marinelli) from the city and Bruno (Alessandro Borghi) from a remote mountain village, navigate a lifelong friendship. DIR Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch. SCR Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch. CAST Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Filippo Timi, Elena Lietti, Elisabetta Mazzullo. Italy, Belgium, France

EO
In Polish auteur Jerzy Skolimowski’s playful tribute to AU HASARD BALTHAZAR we experience the beauty and the horror of the human world through the eyes of a donkey in this award-winning film which shared the Jury Prize at Cannes. DIR Jerzy Skolimowski. SCR Ewa Piaskowska, Jerzy Skolimowski. CAST Sandra Drzymalska, Tomasz Organek, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Lorenzo Zurzolo, Isabelle Huppert. Poland, Italy

THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER
This haunting tale from Joanna Hogg stars Tilda Swinton as a mother-daughter duo returning to their former family manor – now an eerily vacant hotel – to confront long-buried secrets. DIR Joanna Hogg. SCR Joanna Hogg. CAST Tilda Swinton, Joseph Mydell, Carly-Sophia Davies. UK

THE FIVE DEVILS
From French director Léa Mysius, this darkly enthralling and supernatural tale follows a young girl, Vicky, who discovers her highly attuned sense of smell can lead her to secrets from her family’s past. DIR Léa Mysius. SCR Léa Mysius, Paul Guilhaume. CAST Adèle Exarchopoulos, Sally Dramé, Swala Emati, Moustapha Mbengue, Daphné Patakia. France

GODLAND (VANSKABTE LAND / VOLAÐA LAND)
Set in the late 1800’s, an aloof, young Danish priest embarks on a treacherous voyage to Iceland that causes his mind and faith to waver in Hlynur Pálmason’s stunning new epic. DIR Hlynur Pálmason. SCR Hlynur Pálmason. CAST Elliott Crosset Hove, Ingvar Sigurðsson, Vic Carmen Sonne, Jacob Hauberg Lohmann, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir. Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden

NO BEARS
In his latest docufiction which won the Venice Special Jury Prize, Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi plays himself as a filmmaker who relocates to a small town to make a film about a couple attempting to flee the country. DIR Jafar Panahi. SCR Jafar Panahi. CAST Jafar Panahi, Naser Hashemi, Vahid Mobaseri, Bakhtiar Panjei, Mina Kavani. Iran

ONE FINE MORNING (UN BEAU MATIN)
Mia Hansen-Løve returns with a finely observed, deeply personal tale of a mother (Léa Seydoux) at a crossroads grappling with familial misfortune and a passionate illicit romance. DIR Mia Hansen-Løve. SCR Mia Hansen-Løve. CAST Léa Seydoux, Melvil Poupaud, Pascal Greggory, Nicole Garcia. France, Germany

PACIFICTION
Chronicling the beguiling relationship between a French bureaucrat (Benoît Magimel) and a Polynesian choreographer (Pahoa Mahagafanau), this hypnotic political thriller exposes colonialist corrosion on the island of Tahiti. DIR Albert Serra. SCR Albert Serra. CAST Benoît Magimel, Pahoa Mahagafanau, Marc Susini, Matahi Pambrun. France, Spain, Germany, Portugal

SMOKING CAUSES COUGHING (FUMER FAIT TOUSSER)
Quentin Dupieux returns with another delightfully absurdist comedy, featuring a team of spandex-clad vigilante superheroes called the Tobacco Forces who go on a work retreat and share bizarre stories around the campfire. DIR Quentin Dupieux. SCR Quentin Dupieux. CAST Gilles Lellouche, Anaïs Demoustier, Oulaya Amamra, Adèle Exarchopoulos. France

WALK UP
Successful filmmaker Byung-soo visits old friend Ms. Kim. Their afternoon encounter slowly becomes a years-long exploration of human connection in this sly, gentle study of the passage of time from modern master Hong Sang-soo. DIR Hong Sang-soo. SCR Hong Sang-soo. CAST Kwon Hae-hyo, Lee Hye-young, Song Seon-mi, Cho Yun-hee, Park Mi-so, Shin Seok-ho. South Korea

DISCOVERY

Bursting onto the scene with astounding force, these exciting new voices push the boundaries of contemporary cinema with cutting-edge themes and profound original visions.

BRUISER
In Miles Warren’s piercing feature debut exploring generational violence and toxic masculinity, 14-year-old Darious (Jalyn Hall) strikes up an unexpected friendship with a mysterious and charismatic drifter (Trevante Rhodes). DIR Miles Warren. SCR Miles Warren, Ben Medina. CAST Trevante Rhodes, Shamier Anderson, Jalyn Hall, Shinelle Azoroh. USA

CLOSE
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, Lukas Dhont’s potent, new film explores how the intense friendship between two sensitive and affectionate 13-year-old boys is abruptly torn apart when school bullies begin mocking their closeness. DIR Lukas Dhont. SCR Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens. CAST Eden Dambrine, Gustav De Waele, Emilie Dequenne, Léa Drucker. Belgium, Netherlands, France

DRY GROUND BURNING (MATO SECO EM CHAMAS)
In this expansive hybrid docufiction of dystopia and rebellion, two sisters, leaders of a fearsome all-female gang, run a black-market gasoline operation, stealing from the authoritarian Brazilian government. DIR Adirley Queirós, Joana Pimenta. SCR Adirley Queirós, Joana Pimenta. CAST Joana Darc Furtado, Léa Alves da Silva, Andreia Vieira, Débora Alencar, Gleide Firmino. Brazil, Portugal

HUMAN FLOWERS OF FLESH
After becoming fascinated with the French Foreign Legion, including a member played by iconic French star Denis Lavant, Ida (DOGTOOTH actress Angeliki Papoulia) sets sail for Algeria on a mystical journey across the Mediterranean Sea. DIR Helena Wittmann. SCR Helena Wittmann. CAST Angeliki Papoulia, Ferhat Mouhali, Gustavo de Mattos Jahn, Ingo Martens, Denis Lavant. Germany, France

A HUNDRED FLOWERS (HYAKKA)
Adapted from Genki Kawamura’s own novel, this intimate drama follows Izumi as he contends with his mother Yuriko’s dementia. But on his path to acceptance, he uncovers secrets from her complicated past. DIR Genki Kawamura.  SCR Kentaro Hirase, Genki Kawamura. CAST Masaki Suda, Mieko Harada, Masami Nagasawa, Masatoshi Nagase. Japan

JOYLAND
Affable, directionless Haider lands a gig as a background dancer in a courtesan act led by a transgender dancer. Little does he anticipate the sexual rebellion he will ignite in his patriarchal Pakistani family. DIR Saim Sadiq. SCR Saim Sadiq, Maggie Briggs. CAST Ali Junejo, Rasti Farooq, Alina Khan, Sarwat Gilani, Sohail Sameer, Salman Peerzada, Sania Saeed. Pakistan

LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER
Emma Corrin (THE CROWN) and BAFTA Award-winning actor Jack O’Connell bring to life this sensual adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s classic novel about the recently married Lady Chatterley who begins a passionate affair with a groundskeeper. DIR Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. SCR David Magee. CAST Emma Corrin, Jack O’Connell, Matthew Duckett, Joely Richardson. UK

MONICA
Stoic and self-reliant Monica returns home for the first time in years to care for her ailing, estranged mother as the two confront unspoken tensions in this sensitive family drama. DIR Andrea Pallaoro. SCR Andrea Pallaoro, Orlando Tirado. CAST Trace Lysette, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Browning, Joshua Close, Adriana Barraza. USA

PIAFFE
When a struggling foley artist grows a horsetail out of her body, she begins a game of seduction with a botanist in this skillfully crafted study of control and eroticism from visual artist Ann Oren. DIR Ann Oren. SCR Ann Oren, Thais Guisasola. CAST Simone Bucio, Sebastian Rudolph, Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau, Bjørn Melhus, Sarah Nevada Grether. Germany

SAINT OMER
Selected as France’s official submission to the Academy Awards®, this searing narrative debut from Alice Diop follows novelist Rama as she contends with her own pregnancy and a broken relationship with her mother. DIR Alice Diop. SCR Alice Diop, Amrita David, Marie Ndiaye. CAST Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville, Aurélia Petit, Robert Cantarella. France

TRENQUE LAUQUEN
When an inquisitive woman discovers secret letters hidden in a local library, she is thrown into a labyrinth of mysteries, disappearances and an unclassified flora species in this sprawling opus from Argentine director Laura Citarella. DIR Laura Citarella. SCR Laura Citarella, Laura Paredes. CAST Laura Paredes, Ezequiel Pierri, Rafael Spregelburd, Cecilia Rainero, Juliana Muras, Elisa Carricajo. Argentina

UNREST (UNRUEH)
Set amidst a local movement of anarchist watchmakers in the Swiss Jura Mountains in the 1870s, a young factory worker meets a Russian traveler and together they transform their town. DIR Cyril Schäublin. SCR Cyril Schäublin. CAST Clara Gostynski, Alexei Evstratov, Monika Stalder, Hélio Thiémard, Li Tavor. Switzerland

DOCUMENTARY

Presenting some of the most engaging and powerful real-life stories depicted in global documentary film. With subjects and themes both profound and impactful, these works are sure to enlighten, educate and entertain.

32 SOUNDS
This profound sensory experience from filmmaker Sam Green features an immersive, sonic tour into the history of sound science and experimental music, with original music by JD Samson. Headphones will be provided for this special binaural presentation. DIR Sam Green. USA

BODY PARTS
A deep dive into the history of sex scenes in Hollywood and the treatment of actresses on set, showing the real-world impact that onscreen portrayals have after the credits roll. DIR Kristy Guevara-Flanagan. CAST Jane Fonda, Rose McGowan, Joey Soloway, Angela Robinson, Karyn Kusama. USA

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Oscar®-nominated Israeli documentarian Dror Moreh (THE GATEKEEPERS, 2012) interviews important players in international politics and diplomacy, in an insightful examination of the complexities surrounding military interventionism. DIR Dror Moreh. USA

DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA
Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab’s radical duo plunges us inside the human body through the gaze of the medical institution for an intimately visceral spectatorship of life and death. DIR Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor. France, USA, Switzerland

GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE
A richly textured, delicately meditative portrait of Sable Island and one of its lone inhabitants, conservationist Zoe Lucas, captured through a tender encounter between filmmaker and scientist. DIR Jacquelyn Mills. CAST Zoe Lucas. Canada

MARIUPOLIS 2
Documenting a group of Ukrainians sheltered in a Mariupol Christian church during the 2022 Russian invasion, MARIUPOLIS 2 is a testament to human resilience and the harsh realities of war. DIR Mantas Kvedaravičius. Lithuania, France, Germany

REWIND & PLAY
French-Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis exhumes and reedits raw footage from an excruciating, never-aired 1969 interview with legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. DIR Alain Gomis. SCR Alain Gomis. CAST Thelonious Monk, Henri Renaud. France, Germany

SUBJECT
From award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Tiexiera and Camilla Hall, SUBJECT unpacks the ethics and responsibilities in documentary filmmaking by examining important works from the past three decades and how these productions have affected the lives of their onscreen participants. DIR Jennifer Tiexiera, Camilla Hall. SCR Jennifer Tiexiera, Camilla Hall, Lauren Saffa. CAST Arthur Agee, Ahmed Hassan, Margie Ratliff, Michael Peterson, Mukunda Angulo. USA

THIS HOUSE (CETTE MAISON)
Ten years after her teenage cousin’s unsolved murder, Canadian filmmaker Miryam Charles examines fractured memories of the tragedy and her family’s migration from Haiti in this enigmatic feature debut. DIR Miryam Charles. SCR Miryam Charles. CAST Schelby Jean-Baptiste, Florence Blan Mbaye, Eve Duranceau, Matthew Rankin, Yardly Kavanagh. Canada

TURN EVERY PAGE – THE ADVENTURES OF ROBERT CARO AND ROBERT GOTTLIEB
This remarkable new documentary is a loving tribute to two titans of contemporary publishing, Robert Caro and his prolific editor Robert Gottlieb, as well as a deep dive into the books themselves. DIR Lizzie Gottlieb. USA

THE VOLCANO: RESCUE FROM WHAKAARI
In 2019, a volcano eruption stranded 47 people in a cloud of steam and ash and claimed 22 lives. THE VOLCANO: RESCUE FROM WHAKAARI is the story of the incredible rescue mission. DIR Rory Kennedy. SCR Mark Bailey, Dallas Brennan Rexer. USA

WILDCAT
The Amazon rain forest becomes a refuge for a former British solider suffering from PTSD, as he connects with an American scientist, and they reintroduce orphaned baby ocelots back into the wild. DIR Melissa Lesh, Trevor Beck Frost. USA

The full lineup, including shorts, can be seen here. What do you think of this year’s lineup? Which films are you most excited to see? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

Matt Neglia
Matt Negliahttps://nextbestpicture.com/
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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