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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 26, 2015 — The American Film Institute announced today the latest wave of programming at AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi that includes a dual Tribute, Presentations and Conversations with Michael Caine and Ridley Scott. Caine’s new film YOUTH has been added to the Special Screenings section of the festival. Director Ridley Scott will discuss his movie THE MARTIAN. A special dual Tribute will honor the two stars of 45 YEARS, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, who will appear onstage to reflect on their illustrious careers before a Special Screening of the film at the TCL Chinese Theatre.

Additional Conversations include the Indie Contenders Roundtable featuring a panel of distinguished filmmakers and talent who have achieved standout work this year in independent film presented by The Hollywood Reporter; as well as a Salon in the festival Cinema Lounge moderated by Patty West, Director, AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women, with SUFFRAGETTE director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan.

In the Presentations section, the festival will screen the North American premiere of Italy’s Oscar® candidate DON’T BE BAD, directed by the late Claudio Caligari and co-presented by Luce Cinecittà, the Italian Trade Commission and the American Cinematheque; and director Nicholas Brooks’ inventive romantic comedy SAM, executive-produced by Mel Brooks.

Additionally, free tickets to each screening at the festival will be available on today. AFI FEST will take place November 5–12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings and Galas will be held at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, the El Capitan Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.


Wednesday, November 11

In Paolo Sorrentino’s new film YOUTH, two-time Academy Award® winner Michael Caine brings to life the beautifully vibrant mind of composer Frank Ballinger. Caine will discuss his role in the film he calls a favorite in his remarkable, six-decade career while Sorrentino will share his process in crafting this unique motion picture. This extended Conversation with Sorrentino and Caine will take place after the first AFI FEST screening of YOUTH.

Wednesday, November 11

An intimate discussion with one of the world’s most accomplished directors, Ridley Scott (ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, GLADIATOR), as he takes us through one of the year’s most exciting films, THE MARTIAN.


Sunday, November 8

This exciting event at AFI FEST 2015 provides festival-goers with the opportunity to hear from a diverse panel of distinguished artists who have achieved standout work this year in independent films. Sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter and moderated by THR columnist and blogger Scott Feinberg, the panel will feature a 90-minute discussion with the artists about their lives, careers and influences, as well as the challenges and rewards of working in independent film. Panelists include writer/director Ramin Bahrani (99 HOMES), actress Blythe Danner (I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS), writer/director Tom McCarthy (SPOTLIGHT), actress Saoirse Ronan (BROOKLYN), actor Jason Segel (THE END OF THE TOUR), actress Sarah Silverman (I SMILE BACK), actress Lily Tomlin (GRANDMA) and actress Olivia Wilde (MEADOWLAND).

Scott Feinberg is an experienced and trusted expert on the Oscars®, Emmys® and Tonys®. He writes “The Race” blog for The Hollywood Reporter, which won the LA Press Club’s National Entertainment Journalism Award for best entertainment blog of 2012-2013.

Sunday, November 8

Director Sarah Gavron and screenwriter Abi Morgan sit down for an intimate discussion of their new film SUFFRAGETTE, starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep. The Salon will be moderated by Patty West, Director, AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW).

Gavron’s debut feature BRICK LANE (2007), co-written by Morgan, scored her a BAFTA nomination. Lauded screenwriter Morgan has received two BAFTA Awards, and her many film credits include THE IRON LADY (2011) and SHAME (2011).

Wednesday, November 11

The festival will celebrate screen legends Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, both of whom won 2015 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear prizes for their masterful performances in 45 YEARS, which will screen after the Tribute.

Charlotte Rampling’s deeply intelligent body of work includes performances in GEORGY GIRL (1966), THE DAMNED (1969), THE NIGHT PORTER (1974), STARDUST MEMORIES (1980), THE VERDICT (1982), UNDER THE SAND (2000), SWIMMING POOL (2003) and YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL (2013), among other films.

Tom Courtenay has received two BAFTA Awards throughout his career, and earned Oscar® nominations for DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965) and THE DRESSER (1983). Notable credits include KING & COUNTRY (1964), for which he won Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival, and A RATHER ENGLISH MARRIAGE (1998). Courtenay was knighted in 2001.


In addition to the previously announced AFI Conservatory showcase of the four 2014 alumni films that were finalists at the 42nd Student Academy Awards, Presentations include two AFI FEST premieres: SAM (DIR Nicholas Brooks), which will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, and Italy’s 2016 Foreign Language Film Oscar® entry DON’T BE BAD (DIR Claudio Caligari).

SAM – A handsome and misogynistic playboy in New York City must confront his ignorant ways when he wakes up one day magically transformed into a woman. DIR Nicholas Brooks. SCR Nicholas Brooks. CAST Morgan Fairchild, Bryan Batt, James McCaffrey, Sean Kleier, Natalie Knepp, Sarah Scott, Brock Harris, Stacy Keach. USA. Screening Monday, November 9.

DON’T BE BAD – Set in the drug-fueled scene of the mid-‘90s, Italy’s entry for the 2016 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® follows a pair of hard-partying friends whose world is thrown into question by the arrival of an alluring woman. DIR Claudio Caligari (1948-2015). SCR Claudio Caligari, Giordano Meacci, Francesca Meacci. CAST Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Silvia D’Amico. Italy. Screening Thursday, November 12.

AFI CONSERVATORY SHOWCASE – As previously announced, four films have been selected as a sampling of recently honored work from the AFI Conservatory, recognized as one of the world’s top film schools. This year, AFI made history by winning all three medals — gold, silver and bronze — in the Narrative category of the 42nd Student Academy Awards competition. Henry Hughes (AFI Class of 2014) received the top prize, the gold medal, for DAY ONE; the silver medal was awarded to Jeremy Cloe (AFI Class of 2014) for THIS WAY UP; and the bronze medal to Bennett Lasseter (AFI Class of 2014) for STEALTH. Also a finalist this year was AGAINST NIGHT, directed by Stefan Kubicki (AFI Class of 2014). With the addition of these films to the program, AFI FEST boasts an overall total of 77 Conservatory alumni with 22 films in the festival. Screening Tuesday, November 10.


YOUTH – Michael Caine gives a career-defining performance in this story of a retired composer whose relaxing retreat to a Swiss spa is interrupted by two women, played by Rachel Weisz and Jane Fonda. DIR Paolo Sorrentino. SCR Paolo Sorrentino. CAST Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda. Italy/France/UK/Switzerland. Screening Wednesday, November 11 (with Michael Caine and Paolo Sorrentino in Conversation) and Thursday, November 12.

As previously announced, the Opening Night Gala will be the World Premiere of BY THE SEA (DIR Angelina Jolie Pitt) on Thursday, November 5. Among the Centerpiece Galas will be WHERE TO INVADE NEXT (DIR Michael Moore) on Saturday, November 7; THE 33 (DIR Patricia Riggen) on Monday, November 9; and the World Premiere of CONCUSSION (DIR Peter Landesman) on Tuesday, November 10. The Closing Night Gala will be the World Premiere of THE BIG SHORT (DIR Adam McKay) on Thursday, November 12. Also previously announced are the nine films in the American Independents section, which represents the best of independent filmmaking this year, and 11 films in the New Auteurs section, which highlights first and second-time narrative feature film directors from around the world.

AFI FEST remains the only global event of its caliber to offer free individual tickets to screenings and events as a gift to the community. These free tickets will be available to the general public online at beginning Monday, October 26. Available for purchase now at are AFI FEST Patron Packages and Express Passes — which can include access to sold-out Galas and other high-demand films and events.

As part of their membership benefit, AFI members will receive a complimentary AFI FEST Cinepass, which allows access to all regular screenings at this year's festival. Additionally, AFI members at the Two-Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all AFI FEST Patron Packages and Express Passes. Information about AFI membership is available at and AFI FEST Packages and Passes may be purchased here.

For the 12th consecutive year, AFI FEST is proud to have Audi as the presenting sponsor. Additional top sponsors include AT&T; American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; and VIZIO, the official home theater sponsor of AFI. The festival's venue sponsors include TCL Chinese Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Hollywood & Highland Center, The Hollywood Roosevelt and the Egyptian Theatre. Official media sponsor Time Out LA will once again offer its online AFI FEST guide of their film picks, where to dine and drink in Hollywood and much more.

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About the American Film Institute

AFI is America's promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film; AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi, AFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory. For more information about AFI, visit or connect with AFI at, and

About AFI FEST presented by Audi 

A program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST presented by Audi is a celebration of global cinema and today's Hollywood — a showcase for the best festival films of the year and an opportunity for master filmmakers and emerging artists to come together with audiences in the movie capital of the world. AFI FEST is the only festival of its stature that is free to the public. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®. This year's edition takes place November 5-12, 2015. Additional information about AFI FEST is available at Connect with AFI FEST at, and


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