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World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Short Film Selections

World Cinema showcases the most anticipated and prize-winning international films of the year, Breakthrough highlights work discovered only through the submission process and Midnight’s selections are always haunting. Both World Cinema and Breakthrough feature a number of films making their North American or U.S. Premieres, including THE ANGELS’ SHARE, GREATEST HITS, LAURENCE ANYWAYS, NAIROBI HALF LIFE, PIETA, WHITE ELEPHANT and ZAYTOUN.

Two of the shorts in competition are from AFI Conservatory’s recent class of 2011 – Justin Tipping’s NANI and Ryan Prows’ NARCOCORRIDO, both winners at the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards® in the Narrative film category earlier this year. Heidi Levitt (AFI Class of 1987) is once again represented at the festival, this time as executive producer of GINGER AND ROSA in the Special Screenings section.

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

Films in the Special Screenings section of AFI FEST 2012, November 1-8.

Films screening in the NEW AUTEURS section of AFI FEST 2012, November 1-8.

Films screening in the YOUNG AMERICANS section of AFI FEST 2012, November 1-8.

Films screening in the YOUNG AMERICANS section of AFI FEST 2012, November 1-8.

AFI FEST 2012 Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings Announced

LIFE OF PI

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 AFI.com/AFIFEST. 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 AFI.com/membership.

Bernardo Bertolucci to Serve as AFI FEST 2012 Guest Artistic Director

We announced this morning that internationally acclaimed filmmaker and Academy Award®-winning director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci will serve as its Guest Artistic Director at AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi. 

As Guest Artistic Director, Bertolucci has selected four feature films for his special sidebar program at the festival:  42ND STREET  (DIR Lloyd Bacon), THE RULES OF THE GAME (DIR Jean Renoir), SUNRISE (DIR F.W. Murnau) and VIVRE SA VIE (DIR Jean-Luc Godard).  In addition, the festival will present ELECTRIC CHAIR, a behind-the-scenes film about the making of Bertolucci’s new movie, ME AND YOU.  Bertolucci has written and directed over 25 films, including THE LAST EMPEROR, LAST TANGO IN PARIS, THE CONFORMIST, THE SHELTERING SKY and LITTLE BUDDHA.  He has been honored with two Academy Awards® for Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay for THE LAST EMPEROR, he was the recipient of an honorary Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and this December he will be receiving the European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  Bertolucci also conducted Master Seminars at the AFI Conservatory about the craft of filmmaking and his particular visual style in 1974 and again in 1979.


“I am very excited and honored to be the Guest Artistic Director of AFI FEST this year,” said Bernardo Bertolucci.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-afi-fest-guest-director-bernardo-bertolucci-20121009,0,7319029.story

Mel Brooks to Receive the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award

Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, announced today the Board’s decision to honor Mel Brooks with the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Brooks at a gala tribute on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

“Mel Brooks is America’s long-reigning king of comedy – and as he taught us long ago, it’s good to be the king,” said Stringer. “He’s a master of an art form that rarely gets the respect it deserves, and it is AFI’s honor to shine a bright light on laughter by presenting Mel Brooks the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award.”

Reflecting his range of mastery in the entertainment arts – from writing, directing and producing to acting and composing – Brooks is only one of 14 people who have won the Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar® and Tony® Award. The 41st AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will premiere on TNT in late June 2013, followed by encores on its sister network, Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-afi-honors-mel-brooks-20121004,0,2268185.story

U.S. Premiere of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY to Benefit AFI

We are thrilled to announce that the U.S. Premiere of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, from Academy Award®- winning director Peter Jackson, will screen at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City on December 6 as a benefit for the education and preservation initiatives of the American Film Institute.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is the first in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film, a production of New Line Cinema and MGM, will be released nationwide on December 14, 2012 from Warner Bros. Pictures. The U.S. Premiere is presented  in conjunction with Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM).

“The world eagerly awaits a journey back to Middle-earth,” said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of the American Film Institute. ”We are honored the filmmakers have chosen AFI to host this landmark moment in film history.” THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy is represented among the greatest movies of all time as part of AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list, and all three films have been honored at AFI Awards, the American Film Institute’s “almanac” of the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY will have its U.S. Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City’s largest single screen venue, built in 1969 as one of the last great movie palaces in the nation.

Benefit ticket packages and individual tickets are available through the American Film Institute at AFI.com/thehobbit

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