The 2006 AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival has named Penelope Cruz the recipient of the festival’s annual Tribute. The Cruz fete will take place at ArcLight Hollywood’s Cinerama Dome on Thursday, November 2nd (the festival takes place November 1 – 12). Pedro Almodovar‘s acclaimed film “Volver” in which Cruz stars, will also premiere that evening immediately following the Tribute as part of the fest’s Centerpiece Gala series. The film, which was recently announced as Spain’s official selection to the 79th Oscar Best Foreign Film category, is a Sony Pictures Classics release starring Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Duenas, Blanca Portillo and Yohana Cobo.
The festival also announced a number of Special Presentations that are set for this year’s festival, including the world premiere of Karen Moncrieff‘s “The Dead Girl” and the North American premiere of Nicholas Hytner‘s “The History Boys,” along with Alexandra Lipsitz‘s “Air Guitar Nation,” William Friedkin‘s “Bug,” Joey Lauren Adams‘ “Come Early Morning,” Matt Checkowski and Kurt Mattilla‘s “Lies and Alibis,” Randolph Mark Viverito‘s “My Name is Jackie Beat,” Michael Cain and Matt Radecki‘s “TV Junkie,” and Roger Michell‘s “Venus.” [Brian Brooks]