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AFI Fest adds foreign language contenders, Cannes entries

'Amour,' 'War Witch,' 'Sapphires' among new entries

AFI Fest has completed its program with a dozen entries in the foreign-language contest for the Academy Awards along with seven films screened at Cannes.

The Oscar contenders include entries from Denmark (“A Royal Affair”), Austria (“Amour”), Germany (“Barbara”), Romania (“Beyond the Hills”), Portugal (“Blood of My Blood”), Italy (“Caesar Must Die”), Norway (“Kon-Tiki”), Belgium (“Our Children”), South Korea (“Pieta”) and Canada (“War Witch”).

The Cannes titles include Ken Loach’s “The Angels’ Share,” Matteo Garrone’s “Reality,” Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt,” Hong Sang-soo’s “In Another Country,” Abbas Kiarostami’s “Like Someone in Love,” Xavier Dolan’s “Laurence Anyways” and Wayne Blair’s “The Sapphires.”

AFI Fest previously announced that “Hitchcock” would open the fest Nov. 1 and “Lincoln” would close on Nov. 8 along with AFI centerpiece gala pics including Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” Walter Salles’ “On the Road,” Peter Ramsey’s “Rise of the Guardians” and Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone.” Screening of “Rust and Bone” will feature a tribute to Marion Cotillard.

The AFI Fest will be held at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theater and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Two of the shorts in competition are from AFI Conservatory’s class of 2011 — Justin Tipping’s “Nani” and Ryan Prows’ “Narcocorrido.” The fest program includes 136 films (80 features, 56 shorts) from 3,400 submissions across 28 countries.

Monday’s programing additions were in the World Cinema, Breakthrough and Midnight sections:

WORLD CINEMA

“A Royal Affair,” Nikolaj Arcel

“Amour,” Michael Haneke

“The Angels’ Share,” Ken Loach

“Barbara,” Christian Petzold

“Berberian Sound Studio,” Peter Strickland

“Beyond the Hills” (Dupa Delauri), Cristian Mungiu

“Blood of My Blood” (Sangue do meu Sangue), João Canijo

Caesar Must Die” (Cesare deve morire), Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

“Everybody in Our Family” (Toata Lumea din Familia Noastra), Radu Jude

“Greatest Hits” (Los Mejores Temas), Nicolás Pereda

“The Hunt” (Jagten), Thomas Vinterberg

In Another Country” (Da-Reun Na-Ra-e-Suh), Hong Sang-soo

“Kon-Tiki,” Joachim Roenning, Espen Sandberg

“Kuma,” Umut Dag

Laurence Anyways,” Xavier Dolan

“Leviathan,” Lucien Castaing-Taylor

“Like Someone in Love,” Abbas Kiarostami

“Our Children” (A Perdre la Raison), Joachim Lafosse

“Paradise: Faith,” Ulrich Seidl

Paradise: Love,” Ulrich Seidl

Pieta,” Kim Ki-duk

“Post Tenebras Lux,” Carlos Reygadas

“Reality,” Matteo Garrone

The Sapphires,” Wayne Blair

“Something in the Air” (Apres Mai), Olivier Assayas

“Tabu,” Miguel Gomes

“Tey” (Aujourd’hui), Alain Gomis

War Witch” (Rebelle), Kim Nguyen

“White Elephant,” Pablo Trapero

“Wrong,” Quentin Dupieux

“Zaytoun,” Eran Riklis

BREAKTHROUGH

“Everybody’s Got Somebody … Not Me” (Todo el Mundo Tiene Alguiene Menos Yo), Raúl Fuentes

“Kid,” Fien Troch

“The Last Step,” Ali Mosaffa

“The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had With My Pants On,” Drew Denny

“Nairobi Half Life,” David Tosh Gitonga

Oh Boy,” Jan Ole Gerster

MIDNIGHT

“ABCs of Death,” Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis, Adrián García Bogliano, Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Jason Eisener, Xavier Gens, Jorge Michel Grau, Lee Hardcastle, Noboru Iguchi, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Anders Morgenthaler, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Simon Rumley, Marcel Sarmiento, Jon Schnepp, Srdjan Spasojevic, Timo Tjahjanto, Andrew Traucki, Nacho Vigalondo, Jake West, Ti West, Ben Wheatley, Adam Wingard, Yudai Yamaguchi

“Come Out and Play,” Makinov

“Here Comes the Devil” (Ahi va el Diablo), Adrián García Bogliano

John Dies at the End,” Don Coscarelli

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