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AFI FEST comes to Filmforum with 3 premieres!


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

AFI FEST comes to Filmforum with 3 premieres!

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

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!
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

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



Experimental / Avant Garde