November 1 – AFI FEST comes to Filmforum with 3 premieres!

Sunday November 1, 2009, 4:30 and 7:30 pm

Los Angeles Filmforum and the AFI FEST present 3 premieres!

4:30 Los Herederos with A Letter to Uncle Boonmee

7:30 The Anchorage


Filmforum at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas, Los Angeles CA 90028

Admission free!  But you need to get tickets through AFI – and the ones available pre-show are already taken.  There will be a Rush line and some remaining tickets will be available at the door.  See details below.

Full AFI Film Festival details at

4:30 pm

LOS HEREDEROS directed by Eugenio Polgovsky

(2008, 90 min., Mexico, HDCAM) – Los Angeles premiere! Los Herederos

Here as in his first film TROPIC OF CANCER, Eugenio Polgovsky uses his camera as an exploratory tool to venture where other filmmakers might easily turn away. And few filmmakers have managed to so intensively document and reflect upon the poorest of the poor. The “herederos” of the title —children who have “inherited” a legacy of grinding poverty—live on the land. They plow, they harvest, they load wood and they build walls with the bricks that they made with their hands. They also frolic, and play and dance. Polgovsky and his extraordinary sound recordist Camille Tauss immersed themselves for three years in the lives of these children as they toil in the states of Guerrero, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Puebla and Veracruz. LOS HEREDEROS is both extremely intimate (the camera’s point of view is like that of a tiny creature scurrying to keep pace with the kids) and pointedly universal, while rigorously refusing to draw conclusions.

–Robert Koehler

One article on Los Herederos

Preceded by

A LETTER TO UNCLE BOONMEE directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2009, 18 min., Thailand/U.K., Digibeta)Los Angeles premiere!

Winner of two prizes at the 55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

In Apichatpong’s hauntingly poetic piece—one part of his ambitious “Primitives” project—the voices of three young men describe to an uncle how their Thai village of Nabua has been abandoned in the wake of war.

Website of Apichatpong Weerasethakul

7:30 pm

THE ANCHORAGE directed by C.W. Winter and Anders Edstrom The Anchorage

(2009, 87 min., U.S./Sweden, 35mm)

U.S. premiere! C.W. Winter and Anders Edstrom in person!

Winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard for Filmmakers of the Present

Immersing the viewer in magnificent Swedish landscapes, this sober and meditative film reveals the beauty of nature and the beings that co-exist in harmony there: a Rousseauesque vision of a relationship between a human being and her environment. Ulla, the central character, relates in voiceover how it will be when it snows, but her expectations are disturbed with the arrival of a hunter, whose flashily colored clothing is out of place amidst the island’s greens and browns. Shot with a minimal crew, CalArts graduate C. W. Winter’s and photographer Anders Edström’s first fiction feature unobtrusively combines silence and the sounds of nature in contemplative sequences, sometimes adding snatches of songs about local folklore. Ultimately, the film serves as an ode to a woman whose strength and grace are in perfect harmony with nature.  –Locarno Film Festival


Filmforum is also delighted to be the community sponsor for the following Los Angeles premiere at the Mann Chinese:

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New OrleansBad Lieutenant: Port of New Orleans
USA | DIR Werner Herzog
CAST: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Coolidge, Fairuza Balk, Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner
After RESCUE DAWN, Werner Herzog returns to American genre cinema, this time taking on the mythic, audience-friendly framework of the gritty urban cop film. Working from William Finkelstein’s tightly compelling script, Herzog sets the plot in New Orleans, which allows for a few surreal Herzogian touches—decaying buildings, men communing with alligators. But this dark, shockingly funny drama keeps the focus on the title character, Detective McDonough, who scarfs down narcotics to cope with his back pain—making bets his body can’t cover—while neck-deep in a murder investigation. Nicolas Cage, in one of his strongest performances, invests McDonough with urgency and compassion, and gets terrific support by Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Vondee Curtis-Hall and Brad Dourif. Having positioned himself, in deed and word, as the ultimate Hollywood outsider, Herzog suddenly earns comparison with masters including Don Siegel, Nicholas Ray and Sidney Lumet. – Larry Gross
Wed. Nov 4, 7:00 pm, Mann 1 / Wed. Nov 4, 7:00 pm, Mann 3


AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi takes place October 30th – November 5 in the heart of historic downtown Hollywood at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the neighboring Mann 6 Theater (in the Hollywood and Highland Center) and the Roosevelt Hotel, then moves to Santa Monica for two days of screenings November 6 & 7 at the American Film Market (AFM) at Laemmle’s Monica 4-plex, 1332 2nd St..

As our gift to moviegoers, free tickets are available to all festival movies, including a limited number of free tickets to evening red carpet galas. Get your tickets starting October 16 at or, or by calling 1-866-AFI-FEST. You can also obtain tickets by going to the Festival Box Office located at the Mann 6 Theatre starting on October 26th, or on the day of the screenings via rush lines.

Become a patron of the festival and purchase an AFI FEST Patron Pass, available now. The AFI FEST Patron Pass provides early entry to screenings, lounge access and other benefits. By becoming a festival patron, you help make this free festival possible and support the art of film. For more details, visit or call 1-866-AFI-FEST.

Seating is limited, so get your free tickets starting OCTOBER 16TH! Festival program schedule details will be announced on October 13 at


AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi is making an unprecedented gift to moviegoers: free tickets to all screenings and events at the Festival.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

1.866.AFI FEST
Oct 16-29: Mon-Fri, noon-7 pm
Oct 30-Nov 7: every day, 10 am-7 pm

Oct 26-30: noon-7 pm
Oct 31-Nov 5: 10 am-10 pm
AFI FEST Box Office, lobby of the Mann Chinese 6
6801 Hollywood Blvd.

Nov 6-7: 8:30 am-7 pm
AFI FEST Box Office, lobby of Laemmle’s Monica 4
1332 Second St.
Santa Monica


Starting October 26, tickets will be held at the AFI FEST Will Call Desk in the Mann Chinese 6 main lobby. On November 6, the AFI FEST Will Call Desk will relocate to Laemmle’s Monica 4.


PATRON PASS         $500/$450 for AFI Members
• Two Gala Tickets*
• Early seating at all regular screenings**
• Access for one to the AFI FEST Lounge on a space-available basis

FRIEND PACKAGE         $1,000/$900 for AFI Members
• Two FEST Patron Passes (four Gala Tickets)*
• Access to the AFI FEST Lounge for two on a space-available basis

CONTRIBUTOR PACKAGE         $2,500/$2,250 for AFI Members
• Four FEST Patron Passes (eight Gala Tickets)*
• Recognition as a Festival Contributor
• Private thank-you cocktail reception
• Access to the AFI FEST Lounge for four on a space-available basis

STAR PACKAGE         $5,000/$4,500 for AFI Members
• Four Festival Patron Passes (eight Gala Tickets)*
• Recognition as a Festival Contributor at the highest level
• Private thank-you cocktail reception
• Private appreciation dinner
• One Tribute ticket*
• Access to the AFI FEST Lounge for four on a space-available basis

Each Festival Patron Pass includes two Gala Tickets.
*Requires RSVP and hard ticket for admission
**Patrons must be in their seats 15 minutes before the scheduled screening time or admittance cannot be guaranteed.

Hollywood & Highland parking garage
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
$2 for up to four hours with theater, restaurant or shopping validation; $1 for every 20 minutes thereafter, with a daily maximum of $10

Santa Monica
Santa Monica City Parking Structure #4
Across the street from the theater
Prior to 6 pm, the first two hours are free; $1 for each additional half hour.
After 6 pm, there is a flat rate of $3.

Ride the Metro to the Hollywood/Highland Metro station.


Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd.

Mann Chinese 6
6801 Hollywood Blvd.

Laemmle’s Monica 4
1332 Second St.
Santa Monica


Audi Suite
The Audi Suite/Bridge, AFI FEST’s premier upscale lounge for Festival filmmakers and special guests, is open daily during the Festival from 6 pm to midnight, serving complimentary alcoholic beverages.

Cinema Lounge
The Cinema Lounge is located in the historic, newly restored Blossom Ballroom at the world-famous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. A relaxed environment for Pass holders, open daily from 11 am to midnight, offering an open bar and unique special events. A great place to meet and mingle with fellow Pass holders.


2 responses to “November 1 – AFI FEST comes to Filmforum with 3 premieres!

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