- LOS ANGELES
AFI Fest 2019 will honor Martin Scorsese with a tribute on Friday, November 15, at the TCL Chinese Theatre. The evening will celebrate the AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award® winner’s indelible impact on culture as one of cinema’s most acclaimed filmmakers. Following the a conversation with Scorsese, AFI Fest will present his most recent film, Netflix’s The Irishman, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century.
“Martin Scorsese is an American master,” said Bob Gazzale, American Film Institute president and CEO. “It is a profound honor for AFI to bring movie lovers together for one night to stand and celebrate this visionary storyteller whose passion for cinema echoes from film preservation to the advancement of the art form.”
AFI Fest 2019 takes place November 14-21, 2019, at historic theaters in Los Angeles. Screenings, Galas, and other events will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and the Hollywood Roosevelt. AFI Fest will open with the world premiere of AFI Conservatory alumna Melina Matsoukas’s Queen & Slim. The festival will close with the world premiere of Apple’s The Banker.