AFI Fest to honor Martin Scorsese

The American Film Institute has announced that AFI FEST 2019 presented by Audi will honor Martin Scorsese with a tribute on Friday, November 15 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

The evening will celebrate the AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and Academy Award winner’s indelible impact on culture as one cinema’s most acclaimed filmmakers.

Following the a conversation with Scorsese, the 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.

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“Martin Scorsese is an American master,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI 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.”

Scorsese, who was a producer on Joker, was most recently in the news for his comments about Marvel films, where he referred to the ten years of geek joy as, “not cinema.” He later tried to clarify his comments.

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 and will open with the World Premiere of AFI Conservatory alumna Melina Matsoukas’s Queen & Slim.

SOURCE: American Film Institute