AFI Fest 2013: Full program, including world cinema, announced


Over a dozen films eligible for the foreign-language prize at next year’s Academy Awards will play in Los Angeles next month.

On Tuesday, AFI Fest announced that 15 of the selections in its world cinema program are 2014 Oscar submissions. Organizers have now solidified the eight-day festival’s full program, which will include 119 films from 43 countries.

Among the more buzz-worthy titles in the world cinema section are “Borgman,” a Dutch black comedy that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and Israel’s “Bethlehem,” about a Palestinian teen in the secret service.


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Six titles will play in the American Independents program, which features the work of up-and-coming U.S. filmmakers. Included is “Breathe In,” director Drake Doremus’ somber examination of an affair between a father (Guy Pearce) and a foreign exchange student (Felicity Jones).

Horror favorite Eli Roth’s latest, “The Green Inferno,” will play as a midnight selection, as will Ti West’s jungle commune tale “The Sacrament.” In its Cinema’s Legacy program, AFI Fest has programmed a screening of 1964’s “Mary Poppins.” (“Saving Mr. Banks,” the festival’s opening night film, is about how Walt Disney turned the famous P.L. Travers novel into a movie.)

The festival, which takes place in the heart of Hollywood, kicks off on Nov. 7 and runs through Nov. 14.


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