AFI Fest Reveal New Auteurs, American Independents Lineups

'Happy Valley'

Amir Bar-Lev's 'Happy Valley' and the Safdie Brothers' 'Heaven Knows What' are on tap to screen

AFI Fest, set to run Nov. 6-13, will showcase 10 films from first- and second-time directors from around the world in its New Auteurs section and eight more pics in its American Independents section, the festival said Thursday. Additionally, it will present 45 shorts.

Jury awards will be presented for both the New Auteurs and shorts categories. “These sections are where you will see some of the most exciting movies from around the world from filmmakers who take risks,” said Lane Kneedler, associate director of programming for AFI Fest. “Our competition this year could not be finer, with debuts from countries all over the globe including Vietnam, Ukraine, Korea and the Ivory Coast.”

The American Independents section includes such titles as Happy Valley, Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary about the Penn State child abuse scandal, and the Safdie Brothers’ drama about heroin junkies, Heaven Knows What. ”We really hope that the audience goes on a journey of discovery at the festival and experiences the creative visions of the talented and audacious filmmakers in our New Auteurs, American Independents and shorts sections,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, director, AFI Fest. “These sections are not curated to focus on premiere status, but rather to showcase the best new films and filmmakers of the year.”

The New Auteurs lineup consists of:

Alive (Sanda), directed by Park Jungbum
Blind, directed by Eskil Vogt
Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (Dap canh giua khong trung), directed by Nguyen Hoang Diep
Gueros, directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios
Self Made (Boreg), directed by Shira Geffen
Run, directed by Philippe Lacote
The Tribe (Plemya), directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
Viktoria, directed by Maya Vitkova
Violet, directed by Bas Devos
The Wonders (Le Meraviglie), directed by Alice Rohrwacher

The American Independents lineup consists of:

10.000 KM, directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet
Buzzard, directed by Joel Potrykus
Faults, directed by Riley Stearns
Felt, directed by Jason Banker
Happy Valley, directed by Amir Bar-Lev
Heaven Knows What, directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie
Thou Wast Mild & Lovely, directed by Josephine Decker
The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga, directed by Jessica Oreck

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