The American Film Institute announced on Wednesday that John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks," Joel and Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis," and Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" are among the featured films that will play at the 2013 AFI Film Festival.
The annual fest will take place from Nov. 7, where "Saving Mr. Banks" will open proceedings with its North American premiere, through Nov. 14, where the Coen brother's folk music tale with close things out. The world premiere of "Foxcatcher" will be on Friday, Nov. 8.
All three films are expected Oscar contenders this year. "Inside Llewyn Davis" has already won rave reviews from critics at Cannes and Telluride. "Saving Mr. Banks", meanwhile, is garnering a lot of buzz for actors Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson as they portray Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers in the story behind how "Mary Poppins" was made.
"Foxcatcher" is the big news, though. Miller's follow-up to his Oscar-nomianted "Moneyball" was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics last month and given a Dec. 20, 2013 release date, but no festival screenings had been set until now. Telling the story of millionaire John Dupont, who suffered from schizophrenia and murdered former Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz, the film stars Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum.
One other note shared by AFI regarding the fest was that French director Agnes Varda will serve as Guest Artistic Director.
The AFI Film Fest will once again be located in Hollywood, with screenings at the legendary Chinese Theatre and other associated screens. Passes are on sale at AFI.com/AFIFest.