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World Premiere of HITCHCOCK Will Open AFI FEST 2012

HITCHCOCK starring Anthony Hopkins

On November 1, the World Premiere of HITCHCOCK will open the AFI FEST 2012 at Grauman’s historic Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. The film stars Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock, Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma Reville, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins.

The film is directed by Sacha Gervasi and also stars Toni Collette, Danny Huston and Michael Stuhlbarg.  From a screenplay by John J. McLaughlin, the film is based on the book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” by Stephen Rebello. HITCHCOCK, a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock, and his wife and partner, Alma Reville, takes place during the making of the distinguished director’s seminal 1960 movie, PSYCHO.

“AFI’s history with Alfred Hitchcock is a proud one, from a Master Seminar at the AFI Conservatory in 1970 to his receiving the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1979,” said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute.  “We are honored to celebrate his lasting legacy with the World Premiere of HITCHCOCK – a bloody valentine to his creative genius and the inspired woman at his side.”

“Alfred Hitchcock’s signature style has made him one of the most influential directors in the world,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director, AFI FEST.  “This film pulls back the curtain and takes us behind-the-scenes of his lifelong collaboration with his wife Alma during the making of his 1960 masterpiece PSYCHO – it’s the perfect film to welcome our audience of movie-lovers with on opening night.”

 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 World Premiere opening night gala of HITCHCOCK.  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

AFI FEST NOW: It’s Opening Night!

J. Edgar

AFI FEST presented by Audi begins with a bang tonight with the world premiere of J. EDGAR, director Clint Eastwood’s epic portrait of one of America’s most controversial figures. It’s the opening salvo for the 25th edition of Los Angeles’ longest running international film festival, bringing modern masters and emerging filmmakers to the heart of Hollywood with eight days of red carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes.


J. EDGAR explores the personal and public life of FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often swayed by the darker side of power.

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: Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer, Brian Grazer, Robert Lorenz and Dustin Lance Black.


AFI FEST presented by Audi is offering free tickets again this year. While many screenings are already at capacity, you can get last-minute tickets the day before each screening at or the day of each screening at the AT&T Box Office (Hollywood & Highland Center, Suite 219). Additionally, rush lines begin forming one hour before each screening, and remaining tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

A limited number of festival passes are still available for purchase—click here to learn more.


Tickets for the following event and films tomorrow — Friday, November 4 — will be available online today beginning at 10:00 a.m. PT:


J. EDGAR TO HAVE WORLD PREMIERE at AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi

We are thrilled to announce our Opening Night Gala will be the World Premiere of J. EDGAR, directed by Clint Eastwood! The 25th Edition of AFI FEST will kick off on November 3. J. EDGAR stars Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, along with Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer and Oscar winner Judi Dench.  It is produced by Academy Award winners Eastwood and Brian Grazer and Oscar nominee Robert Lorenz.  From an original screenplay by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, the film explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century, J. Edgar Hoover, founding director of the FBI. 



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