The 8th Annual Key West Film Festival announced its official 2019 lineup including major fall films from Noah Baumbach and Destin Daniel Cretton. More than 115 films and V/R pieces will be shown during the 5-day festival, which runs November 20-24. Nearly half of the feature films at the festival will be Florida festival premieres.
Baumbach’s MARRIAGE STORY (Netflix), starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, and Cretton’s JUST MERCY (Warner Bros. Pictures), starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx serve as the marquee Centerpiece films, joining the previously announced Opening and Closing Night Films, Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN (Netflix) and Trey Edward Shults’s Hollywood, FL-based WAVES (A24). The latter two films play as part of the festival’s 5th Annual Critics Focus program, in which two of the nation’s top critics curate the slots and have a pre-screening discussion. Shults will appear for a Q&A moderated by Collins and Yamato.
Other Spotlight films include the Florida premieres of Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman’s AFTER PARKLAND, who will both attend the festival, and Bert & Bertie’s TROOP ZERO, starring Viola Davis and Allison Janney and written by Florida native Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Another Florida native, acclaimed filmmaker Ondi Timoner, returns to KWFF with a special director’s cut of her film MAPPLETHORPE, which took home the award for Best LGBTQ Film at KWFF 2018.
Special events this year include previously announced appearances by Florida native Kimberly Peirce and legendary actor Tom Skerritt, who will be honored with the prestigious Golden Key Awards on the 20th Anniversary of BOYS DON’T CRY and the 40th Anniversary of ALIEN, respectively.
The fourth annual Golden Key for Costume Design will also take place, this time with an award honoring Arianne Phillips, whose recent work was showcased in Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. Deborah Nadoolman Landis, a past president of the Costume Designers Guild and former Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, will helm a video presentation of the award.
New to the program this year is the Kibbitz with Critics series, in which the curating critics share two of their favorite films from the last year over brunch. Collins will present Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar’s AMERICAN FACTORY and Yamato will present Florida-raised Lulu Wang’s THE FAREWELL.
Additional films in the main slate with ties to Florida include PAHOKEE, A WOMAN’S WORK: THE NFL’S CHEERLEADER PROBLEM, and THE INFILTRATORS. Special guests from each of these films will appear at the festival.
The festival will take place in Key West from November 20 to 24, and includes special event screenings and a curated selection of over 30 feature films and shorts programs encompassing narrative features, documentaries, foreign language cinema, LGBTQ cinema, VR, and works by Florida filmmakers. The shorts programs were curated from hundreds of submissions from Florida, the United States, and a dozen other Latin American, Caribbean, European, and Asian countries.
CRITICS FOCUS – OPENING NIGHT
THE IRISHMAN, Martin Scorsese
CRITICS FOCUS – CLOSING NIGHT
WAVES, Trey Edward Shults
JUST MERCY, Destin Daniel Cretton
MARRIAGE STORY, Noah Baumbach
GOLDEN KEY AWARD WINNERS
4th ANNUAL GOLDEN KEY FOR COSTUME DESIGN
AFTER PARKLAND, Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman
DRIVEWAYS, Andrew Ahn
SAINT FRANCES, Alex Thompson
TROOP ZERO, Bert & Bertie
A WOMAN’S WORK: THE NFL’S CHEERLEADER PROBLEM, Yu Gu
BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM. THE STORY OF ROY COHN*, Ivy Meeropol
MIDNIGHT TRAVELER, Hassan Fazili
PAHOKEE, Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan
RAISE HELL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS, Janice Engel
THE INFILTRATORS, Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra
WELL GROOMED, Rebecca Stern
AND THEN WE DANCED, Levan Akin
CIRCUS OF BOOKS, Rachel Mason
CUNNINGHAM, Alla Kovgan
END OF THE CENTURY, Lucio Castro
MAPPLETHORPE (DIRECTOR’S CUT), Ondi Timoner
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, Céline Sciamma
ATLANTICS, Mati Diop
BACURAU, Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles
OUR TIME MACHINE, Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang
SYNONYMS, Nadav Lapid
THE WHISTLERS, Corneliu Porumboiu
KIBBITZ WITH CRITICS
AMERICAN FACTORY, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar
THE FAREWELL, Lulu Wang
FLORIDA FOCUS: A NAME WITHOUT A PLACE, Kenny Riches
ERROL FLYNN’S GHOST: HOLLYWOOD IN HAVANA, GasparGonzález
ICE PALACE, A LOVE LETTER, Mark C. Burns
World Comedy I
World Comedy II
World Student Docs/Drama
Animation + FL Student Docs/Drama
Florida and World Student Comedy
FL Student Comedy
Environmental Docs & Animation