DAILY NEWS: AFI Hits the Boulevard with International Fest
by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
(indieWIRE/10.17.01) -- International fare with special programming
spotlights on Asia, Latin America and Europe will once again share the
tinsel on Hollywood Blvd. as the 2001 AFI Fest launches November 1st at
the historic Egyptian Theatre. The event will offer an extensive slate of
features, shorts and documentaries from around the world and America
including world premieres, special programs and preservation spotlights.
Acclaimed director Ang Lee will receive a special tribute on Friday,
November 9th as a fest special event at the Egyptian with an evening
surveying the Oscar-winner's work and an onstage conversation with Lee.
On Saturday, October 10th, AFI will host a special screening of Henry
Jaglom's "Festival in Cannes" and Faye Dunaway's directorial debut,
"The Yellow Bird." Jaglom's film is described in a press release as a
journey "into the heart of the desperate, needy, funny, alternately
glamorous and duplicitous world of the international movie business."
Dunaway's Tennessee Williams-based short will precede the film.
Included in the global roster is New Asian Cinema, a major AFI focus with
nine films participating in the series including two blockbusters from South
Korea. One film, the story of an enduring friendship between four boys by
director Kyung Taek, "Friend," has become the most successful film in Korean cinema history and will screen in the program along with Park Chan Wook's "Joint Security Area," a murder mystery that takes place along the two
Koreas' tense border. Majid Majidi's "Baran," will also screen in New Asian Cinema. The film centers on a construction site in Iran which is occupied
by illegal workers from neighboring Afghanistan.
AFI will continue its focus on Hispanic film with its third annual Latin
Cinema Series featuring films produced in South America, Spain, Mexico,
Cuba, Brazil, Columbia, Venezuela, Argentina and the U.S. "The Bronze
Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in Hollywood Cinema," by American
directors Nancy de Los Santos, Susan Racho and Alberto Dominguez will screen as part of the program on November 2nd. The 90-minute film surveys
the contribution of Latinos to cinema and looks how the Latin image has
changed throughout the last century. Also scheduled is the Pedro and
Agustin Almodovar-produced film, "The Devil's Backbone" by Guillermo Del Toro and Cuban director Juan Carlos Zaldivar's documentary, "90 Miles," a personal account of his journey north via the water separating the U.S. from the Caribbean nation. "We have put together a program in which the diversity and richness of Latin culture is represented in the wide array
of themes and styles used," commented AFI Fest programming director Nancy
Collet in a prepared statement.
The event will continue through November 11th spanning two weekends luring
over 40,000 moviegoers to Hollywood Blvd. theaters. AFI is an organization
promoting film, television and other forms of the moving image and sponsors
nationwide programs in film and television preservation efforts as well as
promoting new digital technologies. AFI also organizes the AFI National
Theatre at Washington's Kennedy Center and presents the annual AFI Life
Achievement Award. [Brian Brooks]