American Film Institute’s annual festival, AFI Fest, is setting up to be damned impressive. Although they were set to host the world premiere of Foxcatcher, the movie was delayed until 2014. However, as we previously reported, they’ve found a strong replacement with Out of the Furnace. They’re also hosting the North American premiere of Saving Mr. Banks as the festival opener. Today, they’ve announced additional films to their “Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings” line-up. The festival will include August: Osage County, The Last Emperor 3D, Her, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Philomena, The Unknown Known, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and the world premiere of Peter Berg‘s Lone Survivor. When you throw in the previously announced Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska, you have an absolutely killer line-up and a chance for folks in Los Angeles to get a jump on some likely awards contenders.
Hit the jump for the press release and to find out how you can attend. AFI Fest 2013 runs from November 7 – 14th.
AFI FEST presented by Audi
ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL GALAS AND SPECIAL SCREENINGS
Priority and Reserved Seating Available with
Patron Packages and Special Screenings Passes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2013 – The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced additional Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings – comprised of a world premiere, award season contenders and highly anticipated independent and international films of the fall – for AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi.
There will be a red carpet Gala each night of the festival. The additional Centerpiece Galas are AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (DIR John Wells) on Friday, November 8; THE LAST EMPEROR 3D (DIR Bernardo Bertolucci) on Sunday, November 10; and the World Premiere of LONE SURVIVOR (DIR Peter Berg) on Tuesday, November 12. All Galas will be presented in the historic TCL Chinese Theatre.
AFI FEST’s Special Screenings are HER (DIR Spike Jonze); THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (DIR Ralph Fiennes); JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (DIR Frank Pavich); MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM (DIR Justin Chadwick); THE PAST (LE PASSÉ) (DIR Asghar Farhadi); PHILOMENA (DIR Stephen Frears); and THE UNKNOWN KNOWN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DONALD RUMSFELD (DIR Errol Morris).
As previously announced, Agnès Varda, considered “the Mother of French New Wave cinema,” will serve as Guest Artistic Director. The North American Premiere of SAVING MR. BANKS (DIR John Lee Hancock) is the Opening Night Gala on Thursday, November 7 and INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (DIR Ethan Coen, Joel Coen) is the Closing Night Gala on Thursday, November 14. Previously announced Centerpiece Galas include the World Premiere of OUT OF THE FURNACE (DIR Scott Cooper) on Saturday, November 9, NEBRASKA (DIR Alexander Payne) featuring a Tribute to Bruce Dern on Monday, November 11, and THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (DIR Ben Stiller) on Wednesday, November 13.
The Star Patron Package and Marquee Patron Package will provide reserved seating for the festival’s announced Galas and the Special Screenings Pass offers priority seating for all of the festival’s Special Screenings. These and other AFI FEST Passes are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST.
For the fifth consecutive year, AFI FEST will offer free tickets to all screenings. On Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29, AFI Members will have an exclusive 48-hour advanced opportunity to select tickets before they become available to the general public on Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31. In addition, AFI members at the Two-Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes. Information about AFI membership is available at AFI.com/membership.
For the 10th year, Audi returns as the festival’s presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors include American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; The American Film Market (AFM); AT&T; Coca Cola; The Egyptian Theatre; Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; National Geographic Channel; Stella Artois and TCL Chinese Theatre, among many others.
Film stills are available for press use only and can be downloaded at: http://afifestpress.afi.com
About the American Film Institute
AFI is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film – now in its 42nd year; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI Fest presented by Audi, AFI Docs presented by Audi and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world renowned AFI Conservatory, recognized for the quality of its instructors and speakers and its notable alumni. For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at twitter.com/AmericanFilm, facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute and youtube.com/AFI.