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“The Only Difference Between Tragedy and Comedy is the Ending” – An Interview with WOMAN AT WAR Director Benedikt Erlingsson

WOMAN AT WAR is both a surreal dark comedy and an uplifting film about urgent environmental activism bound to appeal to fans of Aki Kaurismäki and Ruben Östlund (FORCE MAJEURE). The fact that the tuba-heavy score to the film is provided entirely by onscreen musicians – who are invisible and inaudible to the film’s characters […]

WATCH THIS: Francois Truffaut Discussing Jean Vigo’s L’ATALANTE

L’ATALANTE is part of our series, The Complete Works of Jean Vigo, and screens this week at AFS Cinema. Purchase Tickets. The complete works of the visionary filmmaker Jean Vigo, who, before his death at age 29, made four groundbreaking films that would influence generations to come. One of the filmmakers who was influenced by […]

WATCH THIS: Q&A with TRANSIT Director Christian Petzold

TRANSIT opens Friday March 29, at the AFS Cinema. Purchase Tickets. From director Christian Petzold (PHOENIX). As fascism spreads, German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski) flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of the dead writer whose transit papers he is carrying. Living among refugees from around the world, Georg falls for Marie (Paula Beer), a […]

The Origins of an Origin Story: An Interview with RA: PATH OF THE SUN GOD Animator Lesley Keen

Guest programmer Jazmyne Moreno talked to Lesley Keen, the animator behind the lost masterpiece RA: PATH OF THE SUN GOD, about its origins and how it was almost lost to the ages. The film finally receives a theatrical premiere almost 30 years after its creation this Wednesday, March 13th, during SXSW, presented by AFS with […]

Series Preview: The Alt-Doc Canon, Programmed by Filmmaker Magazine’s Vadim Rizov

The Alt-Doc Canon, a series presented by Filmmaker Magazine, begins this Monday, February 18, at AFS Cinema. Get your tickets today. Beginning on February 18, AFS is proud to welcome Vadim Rizov, Managing Editor of Filmmaker Magazine, and his collection of formally innovative documentaries in a new short series, The Alt-Doc Canon. Vadim has written for Sight and […]


AFS is excited to present ALSO STARRING AUSTIN, a documentary that tells the story of Austin’s history and enduring culture by using scenes from locally shot films. We had the opportunity to speak with director Mike Blizzard about his new film. Join us at the AFS Cinema on February 22 at 7:30 p.m. and February 23 […]

Four Films on the Fringe: Filmmaker Ron Mann Visits AFS Cinema this February

Get tickets for our Films of Ron Mann series. This week, we’ll have the first of many visits this month by filmmaker Ron Mann. Over the past 40 plus years, Canadian filmmaker Ron Mann has documented culture from the fringe inward, often focusing on outsider artists and others on the edge.   Based in Toronto, Ron […]

Watch This: You Must Remember This Podcast Host Karina Longworth and Richard Linklater in Conversation

This past December, Karina Longworth, host of the essential film podcast You Must Remember This (which just released its final episode of the season this week), joined us for a special presentation of WAIT TILL THE SUN SHINES, NELLIE at AFS Cinema.The rare screening of the Jean Peters’ film was followed by a lengthy discussion between […]

Here’s why everyone is freaking out about the “passionate… tempestuous” COLD WAR, opening Friday at AFS Cinema

COLD WAR opens at the AFS Cinema Friday, January 25. Tickets are on sale now. It’s rare that a subtitled, black-and-white, Eastern European art film like COLD WAR crosses over and becomes a must-see for even general audiences. But the film, written and directed by Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski (IDA) strikes so many universal chords in […]

Meet the Programmers: Homo Arigato

photo by John Anderson for The Austin Chronicle Since re-opening the doors of the AFS Cinema in 2017, AFS has been able to expand our offerings and bring in new partners to help program the screens. One of our monthly collaborators is Homo Arigato, a 5+ year-running film series focused on rare and beautiful queer films. Homo Arigato made […]

Costume Experts Discuss Edith Head’s Work in THE LADY EVE

Edith Head’s Hollywood continues through January 31. Don’t miss next week’s screening, ROMAN HOLIDAY. Get tickets. We’re fortunate in Austin to not only have a major university with hundreds of scholars, but also a great museum and archive, the Harry Ransom Center. For our ongoing Edith Head series, we’ll be joined each Thursday by professionals […]

He Doesn’t Want Any Trouble: Why Jackie Chan is the Master of Action Comedy

Anyone who has seen a Jackie Chan film (and if you haven’t, stop reading this and get tickets to DRUNKEN MASTER at AFS Jan. 11 – 14 ) has experienced his gift for splitting sides while he’s splitting skulls. And while his choreography and physical humor looks effortless, they’re actually the result of painstaking planning […]

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