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AFI Fest director on what to watch for in this year’s lineup




Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga attends the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Foxcatcher' during AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga attends the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Foxcatcher' during AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
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The American Film Institute’s AFI Fest comes back to Los Angeles next weekend with a slate of fresh films to be on the lookout for as we head into 2018.

The festival kicks off on Friday, November 9th with a screening of the Netflix film ‘Mudbound,’ directed and co-written by Dee Rees and starring Carey Mulligan and Jason Clarke. It takes place in the American South during World War II and follows two families who work the same plot of Mississippi Delta land but are separated by social hierarchy. Another highly-anticipated film is ‘Molly’s Game,’starring Jessica Chastain Idris Elba in the true story of former Olympic skier Molly Bloom, who ran high-stakes poker games for a decade before she was arrested. Director Guillermo del Toro also makes an appearance this year with his film ‘The Shape of Water,’ starring Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer. Rounding out the festival’s closing day will be ‘All The Money In The World,’ from director Ridley Scott. This adaptation of a true story stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams in the story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, scion of the Getty oil dynasty.

AFI Fest is also introducing a new annual feature where they’ll spotlight a filmmaker of global significance, and Robert Altman will get the inaugural honors this year with discussion and screenings of twelve of his films. There will also be a Storytelling Bootcamp offered to high school students and teachers in partnership with LAUSD.

As she enters her seventh year heading up the festival, we’ll talk with AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lyanga about the other films on the docket this year.

Tickets to screenings at AFI Fest are free. You can find them here.

Guest:

Jacqueline Lyanga, festival director of the American Film Institute Festival (AFI Fest); she tweets @evesther