AFI Fest is mounting a British invasion. The festival has added conversations with Michael Caine and Ridley Scott and a dual tribute to Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay to its programming slate, organizers announced Monday.
Caine and director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) will discuss their new film Youth, in which Caine portrays a retired composer reflecting on his life and work while vacationing in the Swiss Alps with his best friend (Harvey Keitel).
Scott will take audiences through his latest movie, The Martian, which stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who is stranded on the red planet and must use his science know-how to survive.
The tribute to Rampling and Courtenay will lead into to a screening of their marital drama 45 Years, for which they both won Silver Bear acting awards at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.
Also added to the AFI lineup Monday was a roundtable discussion focusing on independent filmmaking, with directors Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) and actors Blythe Danner (I’ll See You in My Dreams), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Jason Segel (The End of the Tour), Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), Lily Tomlin (Grandma), and Olivia Wilde (Meadowland).
As previously announced, the festival will open with Angelina Jolie Pitt’s By the Sea and also feature Concussion, The Big Short, Where to Invade Next, The 33, Anomalisa, Carol, The Lobster, Macbeth, and more.
The 29th AFI Fest runs Nov. 5-12 in Hollywood. Check out the festival website for more information.