The Biggest Little Farm, Ray & Liz, and Dead Pigs are among the New Auteurs and American Independents sections unveiled on Thursday (4) by top brass AFI FEST presented by Audi.
New Auteurs comprises 18 films, 12 of which are directed by women, and include Lila Avilés’ The Chambermaid (La Camarista), Cathy Yan’s Dead Pigs, and Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki, Richard Billingham’s Ray & Liz, and Hajooj Kuka’s Akasha.
The American Independents section champions 10 selections – half of which are directed by women – from new and returning filmmakers. The films include John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm, Becky Something’s Her Smell, which Gunpowder & Sky has acquired for the US, and Stella Meghie’s The Weekend.
“The New Auteurs and American Independents sections are where you will find some of the boldest and most experimental work in the festival,” said Lane Kneedler, director of programming, AFI Festivals. “We encourage audiences to explore these unique films, and become acquainted with the emerging and provocative voices of their directors.”
As previously announced the world premieres of On The Basis Of Sex and Mary Queen Of Scots will open and close the festival, which runs from November 8–15.
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