'Last Emperor' director is guest artistic director for this year's fest

The American Film Institute has tapped Bernardo Bertolucci as its guest artistic director at the AFI Fest.

Last year’s guest artistic director was Pedro Almodovar. David Lynch, an alumnus of the AFI Conservatory, held the role in 2010.

Bertolucci has selected four feature films for his special sidebar program at the festival: Lloyd Bacon’s “42nd Street,” Jean Renoir’s “La Regle du Ju,” F.W. Murnau’s “Sunrise” and Jean-Luc Goddard’s “Vivre Ca Vie.”

In addition, the festival will present “Electric Chair,” a behind-the-scenes film about the making of Bertolucci’s new movie, “Me and You.”

Bertolucci’s credits include “The Last Emperor,” “Little Buddha,” “Sheltering Sky” and “The Conformist.”

He was the recipient of an honorary Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. This December, he will receive the European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Bernardo Bertolucci is an artist of uncompromising vision,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO. “He’s an inspiration to emerging filmmakers at the AFI Conservatory, where he gave his first Master Seminar in 1974, and he continues to inspire artists and audiences around the world.”

Festival takes place Nov. 1-8 in Hollywood at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Bertolucci’s films will be presented from Oct. 12 through Nov. 4 by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, American Cinematheque, Luce Cinecitta and Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles as part of “Bernardo Bertolucci: A Retrospective.”

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