The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced details of its AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi.
“The American Film Institute honors the past, the present and the future of the motion picture arts. Now in its 27th year, AFI FEST remains the place to experience Hollywood now – a place that lives in the mythology of the movies, but also home to the dynamic global stories of today,” said AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale.
According to organizers, this year's festival will open with the North American Gala Premiere of Disney’s "Saving Mr. Banks" on Thursday, Nov. 7.
"Saving Mr. Banks" was inspired by the untold story of how the film "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen and explores the relationship between Walt Disney and "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers.
The film stars Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell. It was directed by John Lee Hancock.
This annual festival will run from Nov. 7-14 and showcase many of this year's Oscar contenders, including the world premiere of Sony Picture Classics’ "Foxcatcher" on Friday, November 8.
"Foxcatcher" stars Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell. Directed by Bennett Miller ("Moneyball"), the film tells the story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz and how paranoid schizophrenic John duPont killed his brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz.
The Coen brother's latest film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which took the Grand Prix prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May, will closes this year's AFI festival on Nov. 14.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" stars Oscar Isaac, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Garrett Hedlund.
AFI also announced that Agnès Varda, considered “the mother of French New Wave cinema,” will serve as Guest Artistic Director for this year's festival.
“Our line-up of programming, from opening to closing, reflects what Hollywood is today: a broad spectrum of stories from studio and independent filmmakers, and having Agnès Varda as Guest Artistic Director was a conscious decision to recognize the global influence of an icon of the French New Wave,” said Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga. “The blending of studio, independent, foreign and auteur films and the artists who made them is the embodiment of AFI FEST.”
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