AFI Fest '21 Announces Full Lineup

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AFI Fest has announced their full 2021 lineup, featuring 115 films screening over the course of four days, from November 10—14, 2021.
 
The festival’s opening film is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s feature directorial debut, tick, tick… BOOM!, an adaptation of Rent creator Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical. Andrew Garfield stars in the film, which will begin playing in select theaters across the US on November 12th, before hitting Netflix on November 19th. 
 
Netflix also brings another highly-anticipated directorial debut to the festival—that of Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry. Originally premiering at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, Bruised is back on the circuit with a flashy red carpet premiere at AFI. The festival describes the film as “a triumphant story of a fighter who reclaims her power, in and out of the ring, when everyone has counted her out”. Bruised is scheduled to be released on the streamer on November 24th. 
 
Along with tick, tick… BOOM!, another big world premiere at AFI this year is Swan Song, Benjamin Cleary’s film about a husband and father with a terminal illness who is “presented with an alternative solution to shield his family from grief”. The film is generating buzz based on its all-star cast, with two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali in the lead role. He’s joined by Naomie Harris, Glenn “Da Butt” Close, and Awkwafina. 
 
AFI Fest 2021 is cramming as much as they can into this short four-day festival, which will have screenings both in-person and virtually for select titles. In addition to its red carpet screenings there will be plenty of the most acclaimed festival hits of the year, including The Worst Person in the World, Red Rocket, Petite Maman, and Drive My Car.
 
To aid in your Letterboxd watchlist adding, we’ve created a handy list of the entire AFI Fest 2021 lineup
 
For more information, and to purchase passes or individual tickets when they go on sale, head to AFI Fest’s official website
 
Mitchell Beaupre, Festiville Editor 
 
(Header image from ‘tick, tick… BOOM!’)