Magazine article Screen International

Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI FEST

Magazine article Screen International

Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI FEST

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The festival director talks about a few of the anticipated highlights at this year's feast of global film, including a certain picture that is finally coming home after it was originally set to play the festival in 2013.

Besides a programme that features A Most Violent Year, Inherent Vice, Alleluia, Two Days, One Night and '71, the festival is staging the inaugural tech showcase, State Of The Art - Innovation, Storytelling And Technology.

AFI FEST is scheduled to run from November 6-13.

Tell us about this technology showcase State Of The Art - Innovation, Storytelling And Technology, which runs from November 10-12.This is brand new. We have a partnership with Dolby. Technicolor is also on board. We've been looking at our programme and there's so much exciting technology happening. We always try to look at films that are markets of the past year, so though we're in LA and have a great opportunity to look back at great innovation in technology and the craft of movie-making. We've started with a small showcase with presentations from our sponsors and two curated presentations: one from Weta Digital that looks at the evolution of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes as a case study. We will also present a look at some of the new tools at DreamWorks Animation and their Apollo platform on How To Train Your Dragon 2.

What strikes you about the overall line-up?One of the unique things about this programme is our focus on American independents. We have two great films that bookend the festival. We're opening with J C Chandor's A Most Violent Year and Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher. Really strong performances and visual style from both of the directors. To have these key films is really significant and we also have The Homesman, The Gambler and Inherent Vice - we have some really good filmmakers.

The New Auteurs section looks lively and worldlyIt's a competition section [eligible for the grand jury award.] It's not based on premiere status but the fact that a first or second-time filmmaker has a made a highly original, inventive film. There's also great diversity in the countries [represented]. There's The Tribe from Ukraine, Viktoria from Bulgaria and Run from the Ivory Coast are also fantastic.

There are a few masters in the mix, although perhaps not as we'd expect to see themWe have a number of films where filmmakers have mentored emerging artists. …

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