AFI Fest 2018 is Coming to Hollywood!

The French Film and TV Office at the Consulate is proud to support 19 French films and co-productions screenings during the AFI FEST presented by Audi 2018 from November 8th to 15th in Hollywood.

This year features numerous French productions and co-productions: Olivier Assayas’Non-Fiction, with Juliette Binoche, Mia Hansen-Løve’s Maya, Yann Gonzalez’s Knife + Heart with Vanessa Paradis, Chantal Akerman’s Meetings of Anna and much more!



First premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and is the latest piece of proactive work by Yann Gonzales. This modern slasher film tells the story of a female producer named Anne, played by Vanessa Paradis, who works in the thrilling world of gay porn in Paris during the 1970s. As someone begins to stalk and murder members on set of one of the productions, tension begin to rise, as Anne realizes, she may be next.

It will be screening at the AFI Festival on Nov. 9th at 11:59pm and Nov.10th at 12:15 pm, at the Chinese Theatre.
Director: Yann Gonzales
Written by: Yann Gonzales, Cristiano Mangione
Starring: Vanessa Paradis, Nicolas Maury, Kate Moran
Language: French
Runtime: 106 minutes
Distribution: Altered Innocence



Screening at this years AFI Festival is Chantal Akerman’s Meetings of Anna. Anna, played by Aurore Clément, is a filmmaker who has various strange encounters with people as she travels from city to city while she is promoting her latest film. It will screen at this years AFI Festival on Nov. 15th at 5:15pm at the Chinese Theatre.

Chinese Theatre Nov. 15. 5:15pm
Director: Chantal Akerman
Written by: Chantal Akerman
Year: 1978
Starring: Aurore Clément, Helmut Griem
Runtime: 127 minutes
Language: French
Distributor: Eclipse from the Criterion Collection



The film MAYA follows war reporter Gabriel, who, after being held in forced captivity in Syria, travels to India. There, he meets the charming Maya, and, through silent attraction, the two visit his childhood home.

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve.
Written by: Mia Hansen-Løve.
Starring: Roman Kolinka, Aarshi Banerjee, Alex Descas.
Country: France
Distribution: September Film

NON FICTION (Double Lives)


In the breezy comedy NON FICTION, an editor and an author as they navigate the ever-evolving landscape of the publishing industry, and the issues of monogamy in long-term relationships.

Director: Olivier Assayas.
Written by: Olivier Assayas.
Starring: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne.
Language: French
Country: France
Distribution: Sundance Selects



Part of the AFI Fest Special Screening Lineup is the film COLD WAR. This stunning black-and-white retells the love story between two fatefully mismatched people, set during the Cold War in 1950’s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.

Director: Paweł Pawlikowski.
Written by: Paweł Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki.
Starring: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza,
Distribution: Amazon Studios

French Co-Production with Poland and UK.



Premiering as a part of the AFI Fest Special Screening Lineup, EVERYBODY KNOWS sees Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem as longtime friends who are brought together when a tragedy sends their families into crisis.

Director: Asghar Farhadi.
Written by: Asghar Farhadi.
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín, Eduard Fernández,
Distribution: Focus Features

French Co-Production with Spain and Italy.



ASH IS PUREST WHITE centers on the struggles of gangster who spends five years in prison after getting caught up in a violent attack. ASH IS PUREST WHITE portrays individuals who are navigating China’s new “capitalism” at the dawn of the millennium.

Director: Jia Zhangke.
Written by: Jia Zhangke.
Starring: Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng.
Distribution: Cohen Media Group.

French Co-production with China.



When world footballer Diamantino ruins his chances at the World Cup glory, the disgraced soccer star becomes tied up in various conspiracies including evil twin sisters, and far-right ultra-nationalists.

Director: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt.
Written by: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt.
Starring: Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares, Anabela Moreira, Margarida Moreira
Distribution: Filmes do Tejo

French Co-production with Brazil and Portugal.



In DOGMAN, Marcello, a dog groomer gets tied up in Italy’s criminal underworld and forms a dangerous relationship with former boxer Simone, who terrorizes the entire neighborhood.
Before long, Marcello joins Simone with his reckless antics.

Director: Matteo Garrone
Written by: Ugo Chiti, Maurizio Braucci, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso.
Starring: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano,
Distribution: Magnolia Pictures

French Co-Production with Italy.



I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS attempts to comment on the historical statement given by the Council of Ministers, the summer of 1941. The statement started the ethnic cleansing on the Eastern Front, and the film attempts to reenact the Odessa Massacre.

Director: Radu Jude.
Written by: Radu Jude.
Starring: Ioana Iacob, Alexandru Dabija, Alex Bogdan.
Distributions: Beta Cinema

French Co-Production with Romania, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Germany.



In OUR TIME, a family living on the Mexican Countryside raises fighting bulls. Esther runs the ranche while her husband Juan raises and bulls. One day, Esther falls in love with a horse trainer, and the couple struggles through emotional hardships.

Directed by: Carlos Reygadas.
Written by: Carlos Reygadas.
Starring: Carlos Reygadas, Natalia López, Eleazar Reygadas,

French Co-production with Mexico, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden



With World War I approaching, a young woman named Irisz arrives in Budapest to work as a milliner at a store once owned by her family. However, her hopes are torn in two by the new owner. She discovers she may have a sibling she never knew of, she she sets out to meet them.

Director: László Nemes.
Written by: László Nemes, Clara Royer, Matthieu Taponier.
Starring: Juli Jakab, Vlad Ivanov, Evelin Dobos, Marcin Czarnik
Distribution: Cinéart

French Co-production with Hungary.



Jeanne, played by Juliette Binoche, heads to the forested Nara region, in sought of a rare medicinal plant. Her journey is aided by a ranger, who wishes to help reveal the painful parts of Jeanne’s past.

Director: Naomi Kawase.
Written by: Naomi Kawase.
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Masatoshi Nagase.
Distribution: Haut et Court

French Co-production with Japan.



In this romance, a young woman named Yara, who lives alone with her grandmother in a remote valley, falls in love with a young man, who becomes lost on a hike.

Director: Abbas Fahdel.
Written by: Abbas Fahdel.
Starring: Michelle Wehbe, Elias Freifer, Mary Alkady.
French Co-production with Lebanon and Iraq



When her wealthy employer’s wedding is abruptly called off, Ratna — a maid with ambitions to break free of domestic work and become a high-end tailor — returns to her boss’ high-rise Mumbai apartment. As she dutifully tends to Ashwin (whom she may only call ""Sir""), the two gradually discover an unexpected spark between them. However, in an Indian society intent on upholding rigid class divisions, Ratna stands to lose everything if news of this forbidden romance were ever made public. Director/writer Rohena Gera’s debut feature wisely acknowledges the realities of what’s possible within these social structures, but Ratna’s desire for more is deeply felt. That’s thanks in no small part to a luminous lead performance by the magnificent Tillotama Shome. – Mike Dougherty

Director: Rohena Gera
Written by: Rohena Gera
Starring: Tillotama Shome, Vivek Gomber
French Co-production with India

Discover also the 4 short films: CYCLISTS, DOWN THERE, EGG, A LITTLE BREAK.

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Last modified on 09/11/2018

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