Valerie Fitzgerald
  • AFI Fest Films to See




We are lucky to live in the entertainment capital of the world! TV panels with cast and crew, red carpet premieres, and, of course, pictures with favorite actors are all a part of Hollywood experience, which we get the easiest access. For those who are following the latest news of TV and film industry, the 32nd annual AFI Festival is currently underway, and it brings us an assortment of breathtaking indie films as well as the classics. This year’s films are serious contenders for the award season early next year. If you want to catch up before the Golden Globes and the Oscars – we highly recommend the following films:

Queen & Slim

Queen & Slim is the bold, thrilling and powerful feature directorial debut from AFI alumna Melina Matsoukas (INSECURE, Beyonce’s “Formation”). Lena Waithe (MASTER OF NONE) pens a sharp script confronting the toll of racism and violence in America today. Together, these trailblazing women craft a consciousness-raising and essential film.

 

Richard Jewell

The legendary Clint Eastwood tells the tragic true-life saga of Richard Jewell, the security guard hailed as a hero who then became the prime suspect in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Paul Walter Hauser stars as Jewell and featuring the stellar cast of Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm and Olivia Wilde.

And Then We Danced

Elegantly and sensitively helmed by Swedish director Levan Akin, this complex interpretation of homophobia seen through the inherent sexuality of dance is a twirling, rhythmic romance where the profundity of first love is heightened by the risk that exposure could threaten career and both familial and community support.

 

Beanpole

This somber, yet searing, drama from Russian wunderkind Kantemir Balagov won the Best Director Award in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar and the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film.





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