You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

AFI closes with ‘Sea’ of bashes

Film fest concludes run with good-bye bash

HOLLYWOOD — AFI’s 10-day film fest concluded Sunday with an ArcLight bash for the U.S. preem of “The Sea Inside.”

Film students danced their cares away in the cavernous venue opposite the Dome, while everyone else clamored to get inside the tiny green room.

There, helmer Alejandro Amenabar admitted he hesitated before casting Javier Bardem as the real-life quadriplegic in his late 50s.

“I only had in mind Ramon Sampedro when we were writing the script,” Amenabar explained. “I never thought of any actor who could play him.”

Bardem, who is 35, said he and the helmer discussed their reservations.

“We took a month, and as we were talking, we realized that even if we were wrong we didn’t care,” Bardem said. “We just want to do the movie. We just want to talk about his man.”

At Saturday’s party for “The Chorus” (Les Choristes), tyro helmer Christophe Barratier admitted he didn’t make it easy for himself when he chose a period piece with young children and musical sequences as his first film.

“I had in one film all of the difficulties that even experienced directors say are difficult,” he said.

Other AFI bashes included a ThinkFilm soiree Wednesday and a party following the “RX” screening Friday night.

More Scene

  • UnReal Athena Film Festival

    How Trump Beating Clinton Impacted the Gender Politics of 'UnReal' Season 3

    HOLLYWOOD — AFI’s 10-day film fest concluded Sunday with an ArcLight bash for the U.S. preem of “The Sea Inside.” Film students danced their cares away in the cavernous venue opposite the Dome, while everyone else clamored to get inside the tiny green room. There, helmer Alejandro Amenabar admitted he hesitated before casting Javier Bardem […]

  • 'Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and

    'Unsolved' Stars Point Out Racial Injustice in Biggie and Tupac Murder Cases

    HOLLYWOOD — AFI’s 10-day film fest concluded Sunday with an ArcLight bash for the U.S. preem of “The Sea Inside.” Film students danced their cares away in the cavernous venue opposite the Dome, while everyone else clamored to get inside the tiny green room. There, helmer Alejandro Amenabar admitted he hesitated before casting Javier Bardem […]

  • Taura Stinson, Common, and Diane WarrenVariety

    Common, Pasek and Paul, Diane Warren Reveal Inspiration Behind Oscar-Nominated Songs

    HOLLYWOOD — AFI’s 10-day film fest concluded Sunday with an ArcLight bash for the U.S. preem of “The Sea Inside.” Film students danced their cares away in the cavernous venue opposite the Dome, while everyone else clamored to get inside the tiny green room. There, helmer Alejandro Amenabar admitted he hesitated before casting Javier Bardem […]

  • 'Game Night' film premiere

    'Game Night': Director, Writer Talk 'Straddling Genres' and the Influence of 'Get Out'

    HOLLYWOOD — AFI’s 10-day film fest concluded Sunday with an ArcLight bash for the U.S. preem of “The Sea Inside.” Film students danced their cares away in the cavernous venue opposite the Dome, while everyone else clamored to get inside the tiny green room. There, helmer Alejandro Amenabar admitted he hesitated before casting Javier Bardem […]

  • Esquire 'Mavericks of Hollywood' party

    Terry Crews on His Sexual Assault Lawsuit: 'If I Don’t Get Justice, Nobody Can'

    HOLLYWOOD — AFI’s 10-day film fest concluded Sunday with an ArcLight bash for the U.S. preem of “The Sea Inside.” Film students danced their cares away in the cavernous venue opposite the Dome, while everyone else clamored to get inside the tiny green room. There, helmer Alejandro Amenabar admitted he hesitated before casting Javier Bardem […]

  • 20th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards

    'I, Tonya,' 'The Shape of Water' Win at 2018 Costume Designers Guild Awards

    HOLLYWOOD — AFI’s 10-day film fest concluded Sunday with an ArcLight bash for the U.S. preem of “The Sea Inside.” Film students danced their cares away in the cavernous venue opposite the Dome, while everyone else clamored to get inside the tiny green room. There, helmer Alejandro Amenabar admitted he hesitated before casting Javier Bardem […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content