The American Film Institute has announced that director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci will serve as its Guest Artistic Director at AFI Fest 2012. Last year’s Guest Artistic Director was Pedro Almodóvar, and David Lynch held the role in 2010.
As Guest Artistic Director, Bertolucci has selected four feature films for his special sidebar program at the festival: "42nd Street" (by Lloyd Bacon), "La Regle du Jeu" (by Jean Renoir), "Surnrise" (by F.W. Murnau) and "Vivre Ca Vie" (by Jean-Luc Godard). In addition, the festival will present "Electric Chair," a behind-the-scenes film about the making of Bertolucci’s new movie, "Me and You."
“I am very excited and honored to be the Guest Artistic Director of AFI Fest this year,” said Bernardo Bertolucci.
“Bernardo Bertolucci is an artist of uncompromising vision,” added Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute. “He’s an inspiration to emerging filmmakers at the AFI Conservatory, where he gave his first Master Seminar in 1974, and he continues to inspire artists and audiences around the world. It is an honor for the American Film Institute to celebrate his voice as Artistic Director at AFI Fest.”
Leading up to the festival — which takes place November 1 through 8 in Hollywood, CA — Bertolucci’s films will be presented from October 12 through November 4 by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, American Cinematheque, Luce Cinecitta and Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles as part of “Bernardo Bertolucci: A Retrospective,” providing an opportunity for Los Angeles’ movie lovers to revisit the films of Bertolucci.