AFI Film Festival Features 11 Mideast Films Nov 8-15

the afi film fest features nearly a dozen middle east films

The Markaz invite you to the movies when from Nov. 8 to 15, American Film Institute's presents the annual AFI Film Fest featuring free tickets and nearly a dozen films from or about a subject related to the greater Middle East, with feature or docs from such directors as Nadine Labaki, Jafar Panahi and Asghar Farhadi et al.

More info and tickets.

11/9 & 11/14 YaraYara lives alone with her grandmother on a remote Lebanese mountain-side. A farmer brings supplies, a tour guide assists with odd tasks and, lost on a hike, a charismatic young hiker happens upon Yara hanging her underwear. A gently paced romance, Abbas Fahdel’s YARA captures the elation of first love and the crushing pain of its loss.

11/12 & 11/13 aKashaDocumentarian Hajooj Kuka makes his attention-grabbing, intelligent debut with AKASHA, a comedy set in a rebel-held area of Sudan, where fighting has stopped amid the rainy season — and a man, a woman and an AK-47 are entangled in a love triangle.

11/13 & 11/14 Everybody Knows: Laura (Penélope Cruz) has returned to Spain for her sister's wedding. The mood in her bucolic hometown is festive, and many faces from the past are present for the nuptials, including Paco (Javier Bardem), a longtime friend of the family. But when Laura's daughter goes missing late into the night of the celebration, and text messages arrive asking for ransom, the happy reunion takes a hard left turn into nightmarish territory. With EVERYBODY KNOWS, Iranian auteur Asghar Farhadi skillfully directs his most overtly suspenseful piece to date, keeping the screws turning while sacrificing none of the layered drama surrounding family and class for which he is known. Cruz and Bardem both turn in shattering performances, as Laura and Paco's complex history slowly emerges in the midst of crisis. – Beth Hanna

11/10 & 11/12 The Wild Pear TreeTHE WILD PEAR TREE is a portrait of an ambitious young writer returning home after college. At once languid and rhapsodic, Palme d'Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan's film is a profound and poetic look at a misspent youth grasping at a maturity that, once attained, is revealed to be the ultimate disappointment. Turkey's Oscar entry

11/12 & 11/14 PigPast-his-prime filmmaker Hasan is having a crisis of ego. A serial killer is offing local filmmakers, and Hasan wants to know why he isn’t being targeted. In veteran filmmaker Mani Haghighi’s wonderfully bizarre dark comedy, the satire is heavy and hilarious, and gender stereotypes get smashed right and left.

11/12 & 11/14 Of Fathers and SonsAward-winning documentarian Talal Derki gained the trust of a radical Islamist family in Syria and filmed their daily lives for two years. The result is OF FATHERS AND SONS, a jaw-dropping, intensely uninhibited look at young boys training as Jihadi fighters, and their Caliphate-obsessed father. Sundance Grand Jury Winner.

11/12 & 11/13 The DiveFollowing the death of their father, three estranged brothers — two veterans and one heading off to war — return to their family’s kibbutz to fulfill the patriarch’s final wish, setting off a firestorm of unsettled conflicts and long-buried resentments. Locarno Award winner.

11/11 & 11/12 Dead Horse NebulaAwarded the Locarno Film Festival prize for Best Emerging Director, Tarik Aktas’ feature debut DEAD HORSE NEBULA is either a real or imagined childhood memory of adults attempting to remove the body of a dead horse from an open field. This existential fever dream is a transformative experience, a distillation of the extraordinary suspense of day-to-day existence.

11/13 & 11/14 Capernaum from Lebanese director Nadine Labaki tells the story of Zain, a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. Zain journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old “adult”: fleeing his abusive, negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets, and finally, seeking justice in a courtroom. Lebanon's Oscar entry.

11/11 & 11/12 Angels Are Made of LightFilmed over three years, the latest documentary from James Longley follows students and teachers at a school in an old neighborhood of Kabul that is slowly rebuilding from past conflicts. Interweaving the modern history of Afghanistan with present-day portraits, the film offers an intimate and nuanced vision of a society living in the shadow of war.

11/10 & 11/14 3 FacesJafar Panahi and Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari travel to a small village in northwest Iran to investigate the possible suicide of an aspiring young actress. Content to sit in the car while three generations of women examine their dual oppression, Panahi traverses moral and ideological pathways through rural Iran with trademark heart, charm and wit.

  • November 08, 2018 at 6pm – 9pm
  • TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6-plex, the Dolby Theater, the Egyptian Theatre
  • Bryan Glick

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