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Marion Cotillard on RUST AND BONE.

Dustin Hoffman shares his experience as director of the film QUARTET.

THE IMPOSSIBLE actor Ewan McGregor tells us what movies mean and have always meant to him.

Weekend’s Over but AFI FEST Continues!

After a fantastic weekend wall-to-wall with exciting screenings, we’re entering the work week full speed ahead.

Our Gala tonight is RUST AND BONE, an unusual love story between a back alley boxer and a woman who has suffered a profound loss.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

Media check-in: 5:30 p.m.
Red carpet arrivals: 6:30 p.m.
Program begins: 7:30 p.m.

Expected appearances: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, Greg Araki, Katie Aselton, Susanne Bier, Frank Coraci, Michael De Luca, Patrick deWitt, Alison Dickey, Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Richard Grieco, Shiloh Fernandez, Cloris Leachman, Alex Lombard, Benjamin Millepied, John C. Reilly, John Savage and Hal Sparks.

Day 3, Spend Your Weekend at AFI FEST!

We’re starting our first and only weekend of screenings for AFI FEST 2012, so come to Hollywood and spend the next couple of days seeing free films from around the world.

Tonight’s Gala is ON THE ROAD, in which director Walter Salles gives Jack Kerouac’s coming of age novel new life with a screen adaptation that burns brightly and boldly.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

Media check-in: 5:30 p.m.
Red carpet arrivals: 7:15 p.m.
Program begins: 8:00 p.m.

We’re also offering no less than three Special Screenings today:

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE is Ken Burns’ documentary about a group of teenagers who were forced to give false confessions and were wrongfully convicted for raping and beating New York City jogger Trisha Meili.

Media check-in: 2:30 p.m.
Red carpet arrivals: 3:00 p.m.
Program begins: 3:30 p.m.

HOLY MOTORS, director Léos Carax’s visionary film in which Denis Lavant plays a shadowy figure who inhabits many roles.

Media check-in: 5:30 p.m.
Red carpet arrivals: 6:15 p.m.
Program begins: 7:00 p.m. (at the Egyptian Theatre)

WEST OF MEMPHIS casts a light on the brutal murder of three young boys and the 18-year struggle to exonerate the teenagers convicted of the crime.

Media check-in: 5:30 p.m.
Red carpet arrivals: 6:15 p.m.
Program begins: 7:15 p.m. (at the Egyptian Theatre)

Expected to appear: ON THE ROAD (Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Walter Salles, Roman Coppola, Charles Gillibert, Rebecca Yeldham, Jose Rivera, Danny Glicker and Gustavo Santoalalla); THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise, Sarah Burns, Ken Burns and David McMahon); HOLY MOTORS (Eva Mendes, Léos Carax); WEST OF MEMPHIS (Amy Berg, Billy McMilin, Lake Bell, David Byrne, Matthew Cooke, Anthony Hines, Lucinda Williams and Rebel Wilson); ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY (Jane Adams, Sophia Takal, Kent Osborne, Lindsay Burdge, David Siskind and Adam Donaghey); LAURENCE ANYWAYS (Suzanne Clément and Melvil Poupaud ); and ABCs OF DEATH (Adam Wingard, Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Simon Barrett, Jon Schnepp, Marcel Sarmiento and Jason Eisener).


Our Opening Night Gala, HITCHCOCK, was a resounding success!  In addition, ALL the free ticket holders and all of the Rush Line got in last night — so don’t hesitate to come out for tonight’s Gala, LIFE OF PI IN 3D.

We’re also getting a lot of good press. Be sure to check out these photos galleries and coverage from last night:

Los Angeles Times: “No Suspense Here, HITCHCOCK Enthralls AFI FEST Crowd

The Wrap: “Party Photos: ‘Good Evening’ - HITCHCOCK Opens AFI FEST 2012 “HITCHCOCK Premiere at AFI FEST: A Classic Hollywood Tale of Love and Horror

It’s Opening Night!

AFI FEST begins today with our HITCHCOCK Gala Screening! Starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as Alma Reville, his wife, collaborator and the love of his life, HITCHCOCK reveals the untold story behind the director’s darkest masterpiece, PSYCHO.  

The details:

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

Media check-in:  5:30 p.m.

Red carpet arrivals:  6:30 p.m.

Screening:  7:30 p.m.

Scheduled to appear: director Sacha Gervasi, James D’Arcy, Richard Portnow, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Wincott, producers Alan Barnette, Joe Medjuck, Tom Thayer, Tom Pollock and Ivan Reitman, composer Danny Elfman, cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, editor Pamela Martin, make-up department head Julie Hewett, author Stephen Rebello,  and additional guests including Avi Arad, Eric Balfour, Timothy Blake, James L. Brooks, Jennifer Coolidge, Cameron Crowe, Frances Fisher, Peter Fonda, Robert Forster, Dennis Haysbert, Thomas Jane, Ed Lauter, Cloris Leachman, Kasi Lemmons, Robert Loggia, Steve Ludlow, Jerry Mathers, Michael Nouri, Brett Ratner, Mimi Rogers, Gavin Rossdale, John Savage, Kevin Smith, Andrew Sugerman and Zoe Kazan.

Dialogue on Film: HITCHCOCK Director Sacha Gervasi

11/01/12 - Grauman’s Chinese, 7:30 p.m. 

This interview comes to us via the latest issue of American Film™, AFI’s monthly e-magazine.

Sacha Gervasi (pronounced Jur-VAH-zee) makes his feature film directing debut with HITCHCOCK, starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. Billed as a love story about the famed director and his wife Alma during the making of PSYCHO, AFI FEST hosts the movie’s World Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on November 1. Born in London in 1966, Gervasi got his screenwriting start with THE BIG TEASE, which he co-wrote with Craig Ferguson, and went on to pen THE TERMINAL directed by Steven Spielberg. He directed the rock-umentary ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL in 2005, which later won an Emmy Award and Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards.

American Film: You live in Los Angeles, don’t you?

SG: I do, I live here. I actually moved here some years ago to go to UCLA film school and I’ve been going back and forth between London and here for quite some time. But now, here’s my home.

AF: What attracted you to the story of HITCHCOCK?

SG: The central relationship—because, as a fan of Hitchcock, having seen most of his movies at film school and before, one thing I really didn’t know about was the degree to which Alma Hitchcock, his wife, was so intimately involved in every aspect of his process throughout almost his entire career. What drew me to the story was the chance to tell the untold story of a great collaboration as well as a marriage, and I just felt there was something really resonant about telling a story about a mostly unsung, unacknowledged partner who made such a critical contribution to the work of a great artist.

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Gala film events screening at AFI FEST 2012, November 1-8.

AFI FEST 2012 Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings Announced


The Centerpiece Galas are LIFE OF PI in 3D (DIR Ang Lee); ON THE ROAD (DIR Walter Salles); RISE OF THE GUARDIANS in 3D (DIR Peter Ramsey); and RUST AND BONE/DE ROUILLE ET D’OS (DIR Jacques Audiard) featuring A Tribute to Marion Cotillard. All galas will be presented in the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

AFI FEST’s Special Screenings are THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (DIR Ken Burns); GINGER AND ROSA (DIR Sally Potter); HOLY MOTORS (DIR Léos Carax); THE IMPOSSIBLE (DIR Juan Antonio Bayona); QUARTET (DIR Dustin Hoffman in his directorial debut); ROOM 237 (DIR Rodney Ascher); SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (DIR David O. Russell); and WEST OF MEMPHIS (DIR Amy Berg).

As previously announced, the World Premiere of HITCHCOCK (DIR Sacha Gervasi) is the Opening Night Gala and the World Premiere of LINCOLN (DIR Steven Spielberg) is the Closing Night Gala.

For the fourth consecutive year, AFI FEST will continue its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings, but only the Star Patron Package and Marquee Patron Package will provide reserved seating for the galas, including the World Premiere opening night gala of HITCHCOCK and the World Premiere closing night gala of LINCOLN. These and other AFI FEST passes, including the Special Screenings Pass, are on sale now at The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and packages and passes are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

AFI members will have a 24-hour advance window on Wednesday, October 24 before free tickets become available to the general public. In addition, AFI members at the Two-Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all Patron Packages and Passes. Information about AFI Membership is available at

World Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN at AFI FEST 2012


We are thrilled to announce the closing night film of AFI FEST 2012 will be the World Premiere of LINCOLN, directed by Steven Spielberg. The gala screening event will take place on Thursday, November 8 at the Historic Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

The film stars Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role; Academy Award® winners Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones; Academy Award® nominees David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes and Hal Holbrook; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Jared Harris.  Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams scored the film, with 2012 marking a collaboration between Spielberg and Williams that has enriched 26 of their films together.  From an original screenplay by Academy Award® nominee Tony Kushner based in part on the best-selling book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by noted historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the revealing drama explores our 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office during the Civil War.

”Steven Spielberg is an American master, enriching the cultural legacy of our nation with each new film in his extraordinary career,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO.  ”We are honored he has chosen AFI FEST for the World Premiere of LINCOLN, an historic cinematic event in itself as it brings the most dramatic American history to life for new generations.”

“Steven Spielberg epitomizes American filmmaking,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST, “and who better to tell the story of one of the most significant figures in our country’s history.  In this important presidential election year, Spielberg’s LINCOLN reminds us that the challenges of the past remain as relevant today.”

For the fourth consecutive year, AFI FEST will continue its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings, but only the Star Patron Package and Marquee Patron Package will provide reserved seating at the Official World Premiere closing night gala of LINCOLN.  These and other AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes – which can include access to sold-out galas and other high-demand films and events – are on sale now at  The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization, and Patron Packages are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Wednesday, October 24 in a 24-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on October 25.  In addition, AFI members Two Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all Patron Packages and Passes.  Information about AFI Membership is available at

It’s Closing Night!

The 25th edition of AFI FEST presented by Audi concludes tonight, having screened more than 100 films from around the globe over the last eight days. Keep an eye on our Tumblr blog and Facebook page today: we’ll announce the recipients of our Audience Awards (for World Cinema, New Auteurs, Young Americans and Breakthrough sections). The winning films will be shown again today at the Egyptian Theater at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard at 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. We’ll also announce the winners chosen by our New Auteurs Critics Prize and Shorts juries.


Our Closing Night Gala is the North American Premiere of director Steven Spielberg’s THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, based on the internationally beloved adventure comic series by Hergé about a young reporter and his loyal dog, who discover a model ship carrying an explosive secret. Starring Jamie Bell (BILLY ELLIOT) as Tintin and Daniel Craig (QUANTUM OF SOLACE) as the nefarious Red Rackham.

At Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (6925 Hollywood Boulevard)

5:00 p.m. Press check-in
6:00 p.m. Red Carpet arrivals
7:00 p.m. Program begins

Expected appearances: Jamie Bell, Daniel Mays, screenwriter Edgar Wright and screenwriter Joe Cornish.


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