The AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival announced that Lasse Hallstrom's North American premiere of "Casanova," starring Heath Ledger will close its event, which will take place November 3 - 13. Set in 18th century Venice, thecomedy gives the legend of Giacomo Casanova who meets his ultimate romantic match in Francesca Bruni (Sienna Miller), succumbing to the only woman to ever refuse his charms. The film was produced by Mark Gordon, Betsy Beers and Leslie Holleran, based on a script by Jeffrey Hatcher and Kimberly Simi from a story by Kimberly Simi and Michael Cristofer. Also announced by the festival are 15 narrative U.S. premieres, including Toronto '05 titles, including audience award winner "Tsotsi" by Gavin Hood, "C.R.A.Z.Y." by Jean-Marc Vallee and "Bam Bam and Celeste" by Lorene Machado. Danis Tanovic's latest, "Hell" is also slated to screen at AFI Fest as well as the late Dutch director Theo Van Gogh's "06/05 The Fifth of May." For more information and a list of films, visit the AFI webiste. [Brian Brooks]
AFI Fest will also screen the World Premieres of the documentaries "Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock" (USA) directed by Damon Brown and "Desire," directed by Julie Gustafson, plus the North American Premieres of "The Suspect" (Japan) directed by Ryoichi Kimizuka, "Geminis" (Argentina/France), directed by Albertina Carri, and "The Wedding Party" (Belgium/Germany), directed by Dominique Deruddere.