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AFI Fest Announces Galas and Special Screenings; 'Silver Linings,' 'Life of Pi,' 'The Impossible' Among Selections

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire October 11, 2012 at 10:44AM

AFI Fest 2012 today announced the high-profile films that make up its Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings lineups. As previously announced, the world premiere of "Hitchcock" will open the festival, while Steven Spielberg's historical epic "Lincoln" will close. The Centerpiece Galas are: Ang Lee's first foray into 3D "Life of Pi"; "On the Road," from Walter Salles; the animated film "Rise of the Guardians"; and Jacques Audiard's Marion Cotillard-starring drama "Rust and Bone." AFI Fest's Special Screenings are: "The Central Park Live"; "Ginger and Rosa," which is attracting a lot of attention for Elle Fanning's acclaimed performance; the gonzo Cannes hit "Holy Motors"; Juan Antonio tsunami epic "The Impossible"; Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut "Quartet"; "Room 237," a buzzed about documentary that delves into theories surrounding "The Shining"; David O. Russell's Oscar front-runner "Silver Linings Playbook; and "West of Memphis."
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"Life of Pi"
20th Century Fox Film "Life of Pi"

AFI Fest 2012 today announced the high-profile films that make up its Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings lineups. As previously announced, the world premiere of "Hitchcock" will open the festival, while Steven Spielberg's historical epic "Lincoln" will close.

The Centerpiece Galas are: Ang Lee's first foray into 3D "Life of Pi"; "On the Road," from Walter Salles; the animated film "Rise of the Guardians"; and Jacques Audiard's Marion Cotillard-starring drama "Rust and Bone."

AFI Fest's Special Screenings are: "The Central Park Live"; "Ginger and Rosa," which is attracting a lot of attention for Elle Fanning's acclaimed performance; the gonzo Cannes hit "Holy Motors"; Juan Antonio tsunami epic "The Impossible"; Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut "Quartet"; "Room 237," a buzzed about documentary that delves into theories surrounding "The Shining"; David O. Russell's Oscar front-runner "Silver Linings Playbook; and "West of Memphis."

Below are full synopses of the latest additions, courtesy of AFI Fest. The festival runs November 1 through 8.

The Impossible, Naomi Watts
OPENING NIGHT GALA:

HITCHCOCK: The love story between the iconic filmmaker and his wife, Alma Reville, during the filming of PSYCHO in 1959. DIR Sacha Gervasi. SCR John J. McLaughlin. CAST Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg, James D’Arcy, Michael Wincott, Richard Portnow, Kurtwood Smith. USA. World Premiere.
Thursday, November 1, 7:00 p.m., Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

CENTERPIECE GALAS:

LIFE OF PI in 3D: Director Ang Lee (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN; CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor – a fearsome Bengal tiger. DIR Ang Lee. SCR David Magee. CAST Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Rafe Spall, Gérard Depardieu. USA.
Friday, November 2, 7:30 p.m., Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

ON THE ROAD: Jack Kerouac’s seminal pseudo-autobiography arrives on the big screen at the intersection of fact and fiction. DIR Walter Salles. SCR Jose Rivera, Jack Kerouac. CAST Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Danny Morgan, Alice Bragga, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortenson. France/UK/USA/Brazil.
Saturday, November 3, 8:00 p.m., Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS in 3D: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Sandman and Jack Frost are The Guardians – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities charged with protecting children everywhere from an evil spirit’s attempt to take over the world. DIR Peter Ramsey. SCR David Lindsay-Abaire. CAST Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law. USA.
Sunday, November 4, 4:00 p.m., Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

RUST AND BONE (DE ROUILLE ET D’OS) featuring A Tribute to Marion Cotillard: An unusual love story between a back alley boxer and a woman who has suffered a profound loss. DIR Jacques Audiard. SCR Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain. CAST Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Celine Sallette, Corinne Masiero, Bouli Lanners, Jean-Michel Correia. France/Belgium.
Monday, November 5, 7:30 p.m., Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

CLOSING NIGHT GALA:

LINCOLN: Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in LINCOLN, a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. DIR Steven Spielberg. SCR Tony Kushner. CAST Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones. USA. World Premiere. 
Thursday, November 8, 7:00 p.m., Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS:

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK: When a history teacher is cuckolded by his wife and a co-worker, he goes ballistic, lands in jail, then moves in with his sports-obsessed parents. DIR David O. Russell. SCR David O. Russell, Matthew Quick. CAST Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher, Julia Stiles, John Ortiz, Paul Herman, Dash Mihok, Shea Whigham. USA.
Friday, November 2, 8:00 p.m., Rigler, Egyptian.

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE: Ken Burns’ documentary about what was known as the crime of century showcases 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. DIR/SCR Sarah Burns, Ken Burns, David McMahon.
Saturday, November 3, 3:30 p.m., Rigler, Egyptian.

HOLY MOTORS: Denis Lavant plays Mr. Oscar, a shadowy figure who inhabits many roles while fulfilling assignments from inside a white limousine in Léos Carax’s beguiling work. DIR/SCR Léos Carax. CAST Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue. France/Germany.
Saturday, November 3, 7:00 p.m., Rigler, Egyptian.

THE IMPOSSIBLE: A family is swept up in the monumental turmoil of the 2004 Southeast Asia tsunami along with thousands of strangers. DIR Juan Antonio Bayona. SCR Sergio G. Sánchez. CAST Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Marta Etura, Sönke Möhring, Geraldine Chaplin. Spain/USA. 
Sunday, November 4, 8:30 p.m., Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Gwyneth Jones and Dustin Hoffman on the set of "Quartet."
Gwyneth Jones and Dustin Hoffman on the set of "Quartet."

ROOM 237: Rodney Asher’s documentary delves into the symbols and messages hidden within Stanley Kubrick’s acclaimed film, THE SHINING, revealing more secrets after 30 years. DIR Rodney Ascher. CAST Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, Jay Weidner. USA. 
Sunday, November 4, 9:00 p.m., Chinese 1.

QUARTET: A birthday concert for Verdi at a home for retired opera singers is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, a diva and former wife of one of the residents. DIR Dustin Hoffman in his directorial debut. SCR Ronald Harwood. CAST Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon. UK. 
Sunday, November 4, 9:00 p.m., Rigler, Egyptian.

GINGER AND ROSA: As the Cold War meets the sexual revolution in 1960s London, the lifelong friendship of two teenage girls (Elle Fanning, Alice Englert) is shattered by ideological differences and personal betrayals. DIR/SCR Sally Potter. CAST Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt, Timothy Spall, Jodhi May. UK/Denmark.
Wednesday, November 7, 8:00 p.m., Chinese 1.

WEST OF MEMPHIS: Amy Berg’s film casts a light on the brutal murder of three young boys and the 18-year struggle to exonerate the teenagers who were convicted of the crimes. DIR Amy Berg. SCR Billy McMilin, Amy Berg. CAST Damien Echols; Lorri Davis; Jason Baldwin; Jessie Misskelley, Jr.; Pam Hicks. USA.
Date, time and venue TBC.

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