The American Film Institute this morning announced enticing early details of its upcoming AFI FEST 2013 (November 7-14), including the North American premiere of "Saving Mr. Banks" which will serve as the opening night film. Bennett Miller's Steve Carell and Channing Tatum starring drama "Foxcatcher" will world premiere the following day.
Inspired by true events, "Saving Mr. Banks" tells the story of how "Mary Poppins" came to be the family classic it is today -- and the testy relationship Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) had with author P.L. Travers (a feisty Emma Thompson) that almost derailed it.
Also based on a true story, "Foxcatcher" stars Carell as an eccentric multi-millionaire who takes in an Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler (Tatum), and in the process lures the athlete into dangerous habits, leading Tatum's character on a self-destructive spiral.
The festival also announced Agnes Verda, considered the Mother of French New Wave cinema, as the this year's Guest Artistic Director. She will be on hand to present a program of films that have inspired her work. Details will be revealed later this month.
Closing the festival will be Joel and Ethan Coen's latest "Inside Llewyn Davis," starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and John Goodman.