AFI has revealed the three Centerpiece Galas and Tribute that will take place at AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi. The Centerpiece Galas are: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (DIR Luca Guadagnino) on Friday, November 10; THE DISASTER ARTIST (DIR James Franco) on Sunday, November 12; and HOSTILES (DIR Scott Cooper) on Tuesday, November 14. On Saturday, November 11, Academy Award®-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris will be honored with a Tribute following a screening of WORMWOOD. All Gala screenings will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre and the Errol Morris Tribute will take place at the Egyptian Theatre.
Errol Morris’ revered credits include the Oscar®-winning THE FOG OF WAR (2003), as well as GATES OF HEAVEN (1978), THE THIN BLUE LINE (1988), A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME (1991), TABLOID (2010) and THE UNKNOWN KNOWN (2013). Morris serves on the AFI DOCS Film Festival Advisory Board and, in 2013, was the AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.
Also announced this week, the World Premiere of Ridley Scott’s ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD will close the festival, with a Tribute to Scott preceding the film.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME — The new film from Sony Pictures Classics by Luca Guadagnino is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman. It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17-year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th-century villa, transcribing and playing classical music, reading and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
THE DISASTER ARTIST — Director James Franco reimagines the tragicomic true story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau — an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable — as a celebration of friendship, artistic expression and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s bestselling tell-all about the making of Wiseau’s cult-classic disaster piece THE ROOM (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), THE DISASTER ARTIST is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend — and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. Franco directs, produces and stars in the film, delivering a transformative performance as Wiseau in this A24 release.
HOSTILES — Captain Joseph Blocker (a stellar Christian Bale) is nearing the end of respected military career when he’s given an assignment he can’t refuse: Escort an ailing Native prisoner, Chief Yellowhawk (Wes Studi), up to his Montana homeland to die. Bearing deep-simmering resentments against Natives, Blocker detests the idea of providing safe passage to a man he views as a cold-blooded murderer. But as the men’s journey into the 1890s American West becomes more perilous, and as they’re joined by a flinty woman (Rosamund Pike) who’s endured untold grief, ideas about who are the aggressors and who are the victims come into question. Scott Cooper deftly mounts this Western masterpiece, lensed stunningly by AFI Conservatory alumnus Masanobu Takayanagi (Class of 2002), with a knockout supporting cast that includes Ben Foster, Q’orianka Kilcher, Jesse Plemons, Peter Mullan and Rory Cochrane.
WORMWOOD — Directed by boundary-breaking filmmaker Errol Morris, WORMWOOD explores the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we’ll go in our search for the truth in a twisting, evolving story of one man’s 60-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s mysterious death. Combining a virtuosic performance by Peter Sarsgaard with Morris’ legendary interview style, WORMWOOD examines this case from every possible angle, bringing the viewer face to face with some of the United States’ darkest secrets. A Netflix Original Story told in six chapters.