Wednesday, October 30, 2019

AFI Fest 2019 Tickets Are Live + Top Picks

AFI Fest, the annual free movie festival is happening Nov 14-21st in LA. You can snag tickets for screenings starting today. It's a great chance to see films from around the world, locally and for some reason this year flaunting the fact that 51% of them were directed by women. Oh, and the Midnight section that we love is practically dead with only two movies this year. What happened to horror? Yeeesh.

Here's our top picks, watch out for that weird French sex forest movie that didn't make the list and if someone says that want to see it it because it's art, they're just a perv. Remember, women can be pervs too.

Chinese 4
November 16, 11:15 p.m.
Chinese 6
November 17, 1:00 p.m.

From the ever strange and very meta Quentin Dupieux of Rubber fame, comes his latest work Deerskin. A men gets a Deerskin jacket which makes him bold enough to start killing people. It'll be some kooky fun and we kind of wish would have been in the Midnight section;say la vie.

Chinese 2
November 19, 8:00 p.m.
Chinese 4
November 20, 3:45 p.m.

Time to cry and this drama. It's gonna be waterworks at this depressing piece.
Synopsis: When Leila, a single working mother of two, is laid off from her factory job, she faces a choice: marry bus driver Kazem, a single father who is ardently pursuing her, or live with her children on the streets. The marriage proposal comes with a catch — due to Iranian custom, it is deemed improper for Leila’s twelve-year-old son Amir to share the house with a young step sister. Leila is convinced to marry Kazem and have her son temporarily boarded at a school for deaf children. At the school, Amir pretends to be deaf and unable to speak, awaiting his mother to retrieve him.

Chinese 6
November 15, 7:30 p.m.
Chinese 6
November 16, 2:45 p.m.
*Heist Movie!
Romanian auteur Corneliu Porumboiu returns to AFI FEST with his latest, a tremendously entertaining and inventive crime thriller. When corrupt police officer Cristi is drawn into an elaborate money laundering scheme, ubiquitous hidden cameras threaten to expose him. At once instigator and accomplice, the beautiful, calculating Gilda, arranges for him to travel to the Canary Island of La Gomera to learn an indigenous whistling language long used by criminals and gangsters to evade authorities. Constructing a preposterously complicated network of deception, an epically proportioned heist plot unravels into a true ensemble piece, one brimming with captivating personalities, each sheltering unknowable motives. THE WHISTLERS may herald a fascinating departure for Porumboiu, but flashes of a droll sense of humor flicker under a stone-faced seriousness. –Malin Kan