Visual Communications Co-Presents Films at 2018 AFI Fest

Visual Communications is pleased to partner with the American Film Institute to co-present six award-winning films by international Asian directing talents at AFI FEST, which will run from November 8th to November 15th, 2018 at the Dolby Theatre, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

All tickets to all regular screenings are free. For more information about free tickets, Express Passes and Patron Packages (note that the Patron Packages come with an allotment of Gala tickets), visit

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11:30AM
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 12:00PM

Juliette Binoche stars in Naomi Kawase's latest, a meditative journey into the heart of Japan, and a mysterious portrait of one woman's search for meaning. When Jeanne (Binoche) seeks a rare medicinal plant in the forested Nara region, her quest is aided by a ranger who helps to reveal painful fragments of her past.

Director: Naomi Kawase
Screenwriter: Naomi Kawase
Producer: Marianne Slot
Director of Photography: Arata Dodo
Editor: Yoichi Shibuya
Music: Makoto Ozone
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Masatoshi Nagase

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 1:30PM
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 4:00PM

The winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, SHOPLIFTERS tells the tender story of a family of misfits and grifters struggling to make ends meet. After taking in a girl off the street, a sudden incident upends their lives and exposes their secrets. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda returns to the screen with a nuanced class critique, and a beautiful portrait of family life.

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Screenwriter: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Producer: Kaoru Matsuzaki, Akihiko Yose, Hijiri Taguchi
Executive Producer: Takashi Ishihara, Tom Yoda, Yasuhito Nakae
Director of Photography: Ryuto Kondo
Editor: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Production Designer: Keiko Mitsumatsu
Music: Haruomi Hosono
Cast: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Kairi Jyo, Miyu Sasaki, Kiki Kirin

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 12:15PM
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 3:15PM

A getaway destination along the frozen Han River is the setting for Hong Sang-soo's latest, a simmering and melancholic family drama, lensed in stark black and white, about an aging poet facing mortality and his two competing sons who cross paths with a woman nursing the wounds of a scarring breakup.

Director: Hong Sang-soo
Screenwriter: Hong Sang-soo
Producer: Hong Sang-soo
Executive Producer: Hong Sang-soo
Director of Photography: Kim Hyung-koo
Editor: Son Yeonji
Music: Dalpalan
Cast: Ki Joo-bong, Kim Min-hee, Song Seon-mi, Kwon Hae-hyo, Yu Jun-sang, Park Ran, Shin Seok-ho

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Friday, November 9, 2018 at 2:00PM
Monday, November 12, 2018 at 4:30PM

Jia Zhang-ke returns to AFI FEST with his latest sprawling masterwork. Centering on the struggles of Qiao (played by Zhao Tao), a gangster's girlfriend who spends five years in prison after getting caught up in a violent attack, ASH IS PUREST WHITE is a haunting, enigmatic portrait of individuals navigating China's new "capitalism" at the dawn of the millennium.

Director: Jia Zhang-ke
Screenwriter: Jia Zhang-ke
Producer: Shozo Ichiyama
Executive Producer: Ren Zhonglun, Jia Zhang-ke, Dong Ping, Nathanael & Elisha Karmitz, Liu Shiyu, Zhu Weijie, Yang Jinsong
Director of Photography: Eric Gautier
Editor: Mathieu Laclau, Lin Xudong
Production Designer: Liu Weixin
Music: Lim Giong
Cast: Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng

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Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 6:30PM
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 9:15PM

Five lives collide in Cathy Yan’s quirky and comic debut — a bumbling pig farmer, a salon owner battling gentrification, an American ex-pat looking for success, a romantic waiter and a spoiled rich girl. DEAD PIGS sharply examines a contrasting China, where modern culture clashes with the traditional.

Director: Cathy Yan
Screenwriter: Cathy Yan
Producer: Jane Zheng, Clarissa Zhang
Executive Producer: Jia Zhangke
Director of Photography: Federico Cesca
Editor: Alexander Kopit
Production Designer: Yao Jun
Music: Andrew Orkin
Cast: Vivian Wu, Yang Haoyu, Mason Lee, Li Meng, David Rysdahl

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Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 3:30PM
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 9:00PM

In Malene Choi's formally daring work of docufiction, the temporary residents of KoRoot — a Seoul-based guesthouse for transnational adoptees seeking information on their Korean birth parents — form a unique bond with one another while they process the intense emotions inherent in their journey of self-discovery.

Director: Malene Choi
Screenwriter: Sissel Dalsgaard Thomsen
Producer: Julie Friis Walenciak, Julie Rix Bomholt, Katja Adomeit
Director of Photography: Catherine Pattinama Coleman
Editor: Julius Krebs Damsbo
Music: Philip Nicolai Flindt
Cast: Karoline Sofie Lee, Thomas Hwan, Seong In-Ja

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See you at the screenings!