The American Film Institute today completed their full lineup of Galas that will screen at this year’s AFI Fest, and judging from the list it looks like Netflix is conquering
yet another fall film festival with no less than three of the five Galas announced this morning. These include the World Premiere of Bird Box from Oscar winning director Susanne Bier and starring Sandra Bullock in a powerful dramatic turn in a thriller set in a world where the population is facing extinction and only a few are left to try and survive. Also from Netflix is the latest , and one of the greatest (if you ask me) , from the Coen Brothers, the western anthology The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs which won them the screenplay prize at Venice and recently played the New York Film Festival. Finally the streamer is offering the World Premiere of the episodic series , The Kominsky Method in which Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin navigate their later years in contemporary Los Angeles. It comes from Chuck Lorre and is an eight episode single camera show for television. AFI will show the first three episodes. Continuing on their fall fest travels are a couple of films that made their debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival including that fest’s prestigious and often Oscar-predictive People’s Choice audience award winner, Green Book, from director Peter Farrelly and starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, as well as Steve McQueen’s heist drama, Widows. These films join previously announced Focus Features movies On The Basis Of Sex which will open AFI Fest on November 8 , and Mary Queen Of Scots which will close it on November 15. Also there is the previously announced Gala screening of Annapurna’s Destroyer which will be presented together with a tribute to its star, Nicole Kidman.
The complete lineup of all sections of the fest will be announced later this month.
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