AFI Fest has released its slate of special events in its Presentations and Conversations programs and has added a special screening of Hungarian helmer Gyorgy Palfi’s “Final Cut — Ladies and Gentlemen.”
The Presentations series includes a screening of Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Blvd.,” newly restored by Technicolor for the fest. Also on the slate is a screening and panel discussion of helmer Leslie Zemeckis’ docu “Bound by Flesh”; a Levi’s “Show Us the Way” short-film competition for up-and-coming filmmakers; and a conversation with Afghan-American artist-helmer Ariana Delawari and producer Yasmine Delawari about their new pic “We Came Home.”
The Conversations series offers a selection of intimate conversations with Hollywood players. The Young Hollywood Roundtable returns this year, this time featuring Bella Heathcote (“Not Fade Away”), Logan Lerman (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), Aubrey Plaza (“Safety Not Guaranteed”) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Smashed”). Another event offers a discussion with “The Sessions” helmer-scribe Ben Lewin and thesp John Hawkes, and a spotlight conversation with Jack Black about his latest film, “Bernie,” rounds out the slate.
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A screening of Palfi’s “Final Cut — Ladies and Gentlemen” has also been added to the schedule. The film, composed entirely of footage cut from more than 450 classic films, aims to tell a narrative of the “ultimate man” and the “ultimate woman” through timeless characters.
AFI Fest kicks off Nov. 1 with the gala world premiere of Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock” and concludes Nov. 8 with Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”