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AFI FEST '07 | 97 Features Set for '07 AFI Fest, Kuo Unveils Competiion Rosters

The first AFI Fest lineup under the programming leadership of new artistic director Rose Kuo has been announced for the upcoming AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (November 1 - 11, 2007). 97 feature films and 51 shorts comprise this year's roster, which will include seven world premiere films, seventeen North American premieres and eighteen U.S. premieres. AFI Festivals director Christian Gaines and organizers unveiled the full fest lineup, including rosters for the international feature competition featuring work by first and second time filmmakers and the international documentary competition. Also announced were tributes to actresses Laura Linney ("The Savages") and Catherine Deneuve ("Persepolis"), with screenings of their new films set to screen after the salutes.

AFI Fest will open with Robert Redford's "Lions For Lambs" and close with Mike Newell's "Love In The Time of Cholera," with Jason Reitman's "Juno" set as the festival's centerpiece gala.

Twenty-eight of the festival's 97 features will participate in the American Film Market as well, continuing AFI Fest's partnership with the annual film business event in Santa Monica, CA.

Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise in a scene from Robert Redford's "Lions For Lambs," which will open AFI Fest. Image provided by AFI Fest

"This has been an exciting year of transition for AFI Fest," said Rose Kuo in a statement. "We were given tremendous support to take risks so that we could make bold selections such as showcasing experimental work in our main sections, foregrounding hot-button political issues, and not limiting ourselves to choosing films based on fulfilling preordained categories or achieving premiere 'quotas'." In a statement, festival associate director of programming Shaz Bennett noted that the lineup of international work reflects the diversity of Los Angeles, adding, "This year throughout all the programming, the films and filmmakers were pushing the boundaries of cinema, experimenting with style, form and content."

Selected lineups included below (information provided by AFI Fest):

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE COMPETITION

"The Art of Negative Thinking" (Kunsten a Tenke Negativt)
Cast: Fridtjov Saheim, Kjersti Holmen, Henrik Mestad DIR: Bard Breien PROD: Dag Alveberg. Norway

"Autumn Ball"
Cast: Rain Tolk, Taavi Eeimaa, Sulevi Peitola DIR: Vieko Ounpuu PROD: Katrin Kissa. Estonia

"Chop Shop"
Cast: Alejandro Polanco, Isamar Gonzales, Rob Sowulski DIR: Ramin Bahrani PROD: Lisa Muskat, Marc Turtletaub, Jeb Brody. USA

"Continental, A Film Without Guns" (Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil)
Cast: Real Bosse, Marie-Ginette Guay, Fanny Mallette DIR: Stephane Lafleur PROD: Kim McCraw, Luc Dery. Canada

"Elvis Pelvis"
Cast: Geoffrey Burton, Tony Cealy, Laura Crowe DIR: Kevin Aduaka PROD: Kevin Aduaka, Nadja Romain. France/UK

"Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers" (Funekedomo, Kanashimi No Ai Wo Misero)
Cast: Erikio Sato, Aimi Satsukawa, Hiromi Nagasaku DIR: Daihachi Yoshida PROD: Shuji Kakimoto. Japan

"The Mugger" (El Asaltante)
Cast: Guillermo Arengo, German de Silva, Arturo Goetz DIR: Pablo Fendrik EXEC PROD: Juan Pablo Gugliotta. Argentina

"Munyurangabo"
Cast: Jeff Rutagengwa, Eric Ndorunkundiye, Jean Marie Vianney Nkurikiyinka DIR: Lee Isaac Chung PROD: Lee Isaac Chung EXEC PROD Han Gil Chung, Robert Liang, Alex Hsiong Chu.Rwanda/USA

"Solos"
Cast: Loo Zihan, Goh Guat Kian, Lim Yu-Beng DIR: Loo Zihan, Kan Lume PROD: Gerald Herman, Florence Ang EXEC PROD Ricardo Uncilla. Singapore

"Used Parts" (Partes Usadas)
Cast: Eduardo Granados, Alan Chavez, Carlos Ceja DIR: Aaron Fernandez PROD: Aaron Fernandez, Martezu Mohammadi. Mexico/France

"With Your Permission" (Til Doden Os Skiller)
Cast: Lars Brygmann, Sidse Babett, Knudsen, Rasmus Bjerg DIR: Paprika Steen PROD: Leila Vestgaard, Thomas Heinesen EXEC PROD Kim Magnusson, Tivi Magnussori. Denmark


INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

"1000 Journals"
DIR: Andrea Kreuzhage PROD: Andrea Kreuzhage USA/Germany

"Afghan Muscles"
DIR: Andreas Mol Dalsgaard PROD: Jesper Morthorst, Michael Haslund-Christensen. Denmark

"Atenco, A Crime of State" (Atenco, Un Crimen de Estado
DIR: Klamve Colectivo Mexico

"Chris & Don. A Love Story"
Cast: DIR: Guido Santi, Tina Macara PROD: Julia Scott, Tina Mascara, Guido Santi, James White. USA

"Heckler"
Featuring: Jamie Kennedy, Louie Anderson, Bill Maher, Jewel Kilcher, Patton Oswalt, Eli Roth, David Cross, George Lucas, Mke Ditka, Rob Zombie. DIR: Michael Addis PROD: Michael Addis, Jamie Kennedy. USA

"Operation Filmmaker"
Featuring: Liev Schreiber, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson DIR: Nina Davenport PROD: Nina Davenport, David Schisgall. USA

"Orange Revolution"
DIR: Steve York PROD: Steve York EXEC PROD Peter Ackerman. USA

"Please Vote For Me"
DIR: Weijun Chen PROD: Don Edkins. China

"Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome"
Featuring: Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, The Beastie Boys, Tom Morello, Henry Rollins DIR: Robert Patton-Spruill PROD: Walter Leaphart Jr, Lathan Hodge. USA

"The Quest for the Missing Piece" (Behikvot Ahatiha Ahasera")
DIR: Oded Lotan PROD: Claudia Levin. Israel

"Sigur Ros - Heima"
DIR: Dean de Blois PROD: Dean O'Connor, John Best. Iceland

"The Unforseen"
DIR: Laura Dunn PROD: Laura Dunn, Douglas Sewell, Jef Sewell, William Warren. USA


AMERICAN SHOWCASE

"American Fork"
Cast: Hubbel Palmer, Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Baldwin, Kathleen Quinlan DIR: Chris Bowman PROD: Derek Beumer, Maya Browne, Jeremy Coon, Shannon Gardner EXEC PROD: Derek Ferguson USA

"Expired"
Cast: Samantha Morton, Jason Patric, Teri Garr, Illeana Douglas DIR: Cecilia Miniucchi PROD: Jeffrey Coulter, Fred Roos EXEC PROD: Alex Shing, Antoni Stutz, Lawrence Wang USA

"In Search of a Midnight Kiss"
Cast: Scoot McNairy, Sara Simmonds, Brian McGuire, Katy Luong, Twink Caplan, Nic Harcourt DIR: Alex Holdridge PROD: Seth Caplan, Scoot McNairy EXEC PROD: Anne Walker-McBay USA

"The Living Wake"
Cast: Mike O'Connell, Jesse Eisenberg, Jim Gaffigan DIR: Sol Tryon PROD: Ami Ankin, Chadwick Clough, Peter Kline, Mike O'Connell, Sol Tryon EXEC PROD: Robert Bethge USA

"Look"
Cast: Jamie McShane, Spencer Redford, Hayes McArthur, Nichelle Hines, Ben Weber, Paul Schackman DIR: Adam Rifkin PROD: Barry Schuler, Brad Wyman EXEC PROD: Richard Bishop, Donald Kushner USA

"Noise"
Cast: Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan, William Hurt DIR: Henry Bean PROD: Henry Bean, Susan Hoffman, Meike Kornrumpf EXEC PROD: Paul de Souza, Daniel Diamond USA

"On The Road With Judas"
Cast: Aaron Ruell, Kevin Corrigan, Eddie Kaye Thomas DIR: J.. Lask PROD: Ronan P. Nagle, Amy Slotnick USA

"Searchers 2.0"
Cast: Del Zamora, Ed Pansullo, Jaclyn Jonet, Sy Richardson DIR: Alex Cox PROD: Jon Davison, Darren Hicks, Simon Tams. USA

"Smiley Face"
Cast: Anna Faris, Adam Brody, John Krasinski, Danny Masterson, John Cho, Jane Lynch, Marion Ross, Danny Trejo DIR: Gregg Araki PROD: Gregg Araki, Steve Golin, Alix Madigin, Kevin Turen, Henry Winterstern EXEC PROD: Thomas Becker, H. Jason Beck, Stuart Burkin, Jors Westerkamp. USA


DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE

"Big Rig"
DIR: Doug Pray PROD: Brad Blondheim USA

"Body of War"
DIR: Ellen Spiro, Phil Donahue EXEC PROD: Phil Donahue CO-PROD: Karen Bernstein USA

"Confessions of a Superhero"
DIR: Matthew Ogens PROD: Matthew Ogens, Jamie Patricof, Charles Gruet USA

"Lynch"
Featuring: David Lynch DIR: blackANDwhite EXEC PROD: Rips Penderis, Ole Johan Roska, Matt Semi PROD: Soren Larsen, Brynn McQuade, Jon Nguyen, Jason S. USA

"The Man In The Shadows: Val Lewton"
DIR/SCR: Kent Jones PROD: Martin Scorsese, Margaret Bodde EXEC PROD: TNT Tom Brown USA

"Never Apologize: A Personal Visit With Lindsay Anderson"
Featuring: Malcolm McDowell DIR: Mike Kaplan PROD: Mike Kaplan, Malcolm McDowell, Peter Crane USA

"Pierre Rissient: A Man of Cinema"
Featuring: Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, Werner Herzog, Abbas Kiarostami, Bertrand Tavernier, ou Hsiao-Hsien, Claude Chabrol DIR/PROD: Todd McCarthy USA

"Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story"
Featuring: John Waters, John Landis, Joe Dante DIR: Jeffrey Schwartz PROD: Jeffrey Schwartz. USA

"Steep"
DIR/SCR: Mark Obenhaus EXEC PROD: J. Stuart Horsfall, Mark Obenhaus, Tom Yellin PROD: Jordan Kronick, Gabrielle Tenenbaum USA

For more information, please visit the AFI Fest website.

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