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Bringing on the Stars: AFI Dallas Unveils '09 Line up and A-Lister Nods

By Brian Brooks | Indiewire March 4, 2009 at 10:35AM

Rian Johnson's "The Brothers Bloom" will kick off the eight day AFI Dallas Film Festival (March 26 - April 2), which will feature an extensive line up of 173 features and shorts. "Bloom" is the tale of two brothers who are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. However, the younger brother's desire to retire inspires the decision to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world. The film stars Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, and Rinko Kikuchi.
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Rian Johnson's "The Brothers Bloom" will kick off the eight day AFI Dallas Film Festival (March 26 - April 2), which will feature an extensive line up of 173 features and shorts. "Bloom" is the tale of two brothers who are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. However, the younger brother's desire to retire inspires the decision to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world. The film stars Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz, and Rinko Kikuchi.

The opening night will include a presentation of the festival's "AFI Dallas Star Awards," which will be given to Adrien Brody. Additionally, director Kathryn Bigelow will receive a Star award following the centerpiece screening of her film, "The Hurt Locker." Also receiving Star nods this year are Rita Hayworth (posthumously) and Robert Towne. Along with "Locker," the festival will screen Guillermo Arriaga's "The Burning Plain" as a centerpiece. Starring Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger, the film is described as multi-storyline narrative, featuring a "mother and daughter who try to forma a bond after the young woman's difficult childhood."

In other accolades, director Henry Selick will be the recipient of the "Texas Avery Animation Award," which honors lifetime achievement in animation filmmaking. The award will be presented to Selick prior to a "special celebration" of his career in animation.

"In our third year, we are seeing the personality and reputation of this film festival firmly establish itself both within the city of Dallas, but also as a striking representative of the city itself, nationally and internationally," commented Artistic Director Michael Cain in a statement. "Each year the flavor and character of our programming and events has further distinguished itself as we work to set ourselves apart and reach to achieve the goals we have set for AFI Dallas for three years now."


2009 AFI Dallas Line up:

Target Narrative Feature Competition

"Against the Current", Directed by Peter Callahan (USA)
Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser, Mary Tyler Moore, Michelle Trachtenburg

"Big Fan", Directed by Robert D. Siegel (USA)
Cast: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport, Marcia Jean Kurtz

"Children of Invention", Directed by Tze Chun (USA)
Cast: Cindy Cheung, Michael Chen, Crystal Chiu

"Gigantic", Directed by Matt Aselton (USA)
Cast: Paul Dano, Zooey Dechanel, John Goodman, Ed Asner, Jane Alexander

"The Missing Person", Directed by Noah Buschel (USA)
Cast: Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan, Frank Wood

"Morenita", Directed by Alan Jonsson Gavica (Mexico)

"Skin", Directed by Anthony Fabian (UK/South Africa)
Cast: Sam Neill, Sophie Okonedo, Alice Krige


Target Documentary Feature Competition

"Americana", Directed by Topaz Adizes USA)

"The Eyes of Me", Directed by Keith Maitland (USA)

"Houston We Have a Problem", Directed by Nicole Torre (USA)
"Prom Night in Mississippi", Directed by Paul Saltzman (Canada)
Featuring: Morgan Freeman

"Rough Aunties", Directed by Kim Longinotto (UK)

"Whatever It Takes", Directed by Christopher Wong (USA)


Documentary Showcase

"Art & Copy", Directed by Doug Pray (USA)

"Dungeon Masters", Directed by Keven McAlester (USA)

"Food Inc.", Directed by Robert Kenner (USA)
"The Garden", Directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy (USA)

"Tyson", Directed by James Toback (USA)
Featuring: Mike Tyson


Deep Ellum Sounds

"RIP: A Remix Manifesto", Directed by Brett Gaylor (Canada)
Featuring: Girl Talk

"Rock Prophecies", Directed by John Chester (USA)
Featuring: Jeff Beck, Slash, Santana, Steve Vai, ZZ Top, Def Leppard, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Sick Puppies, Panic at the Disco

"Say My Name", Directed by Nirit Peled (USA)
Featuring: MC Lyte, Eryka Badu, Estelle, Big Manda, Chocolate Thai, Monie Love, Dr. Roxanne Shante, Mystic, Princess and DIamond, Remy Ma

"Soul Power", Directed by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte (USA)
Featuring: Muhammad Ali, James Brown, B.B. King, Don King, Celia Cruz


Dallas Premiere Series

"The 2 Bobs", Directed by Tim McCanlies (USA)
Cast: Jay Chandrasekhar, Leonardo Nam, Mika Boorem, Devin Ratray

"Adam Resurrected", Directed by Paul Schrader (USA)
Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe

"Alien Trespass", Directed by RW Goodwin (USA)
Cast: Eric McCormack, Robert Patrick, Jenni Baird

"The Brothers Bloom", Directed by Rian Johnson (USA)
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi

"The Burning Plain", Directed by Guillermo Arriaga (USA)
Cast: Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger, Joaquim de Almeida, Jennifer Lawerence

"Hunger", Directed by Steve McQueen (UK)
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham

"The Hurt Locker", Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (USA)
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, Evangeline Lilly

"Lightbulb", Directed by Jeffrey Balsmeyer (USA)
Cast: Dallas Roberts, Jeremy Renner, Ayelet Zurer

"Like Dandelion Dust", Directed by Jon Gunn (USA)
Cast: Mira Sorvino, Barry Peppers, Cole Hauser

"Lymelife", Directed by Derick Martini (USA)
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Kierin Culkin, Rory Culkin, Cynthia Nixon, Timothy Hutton

"Moon", Directed by Duncan Jones (UK)
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Benedict Wong, Matt Berry

"Peter and Vandy", Directed by Jay DiPietro (USA)
Cast: Jason Ritter, Jess Weixler

"Sugar", Directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (USA)
Cast: Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino

"Valentino: The Last Emperor", Directed by Matt Tynauer (USA)
Featuring: Valentino, Giancarlo Giammetti
"(500) Days of Summer", Directed by Marc Webb
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zoey Deschanel


World Cinema

"The American Trap" ("Le Piege americain"), Directed by Charles Biname (Canada)
Cast: Gerard Darmon, Colm Feore, Joe Cobden, Janet Lane

"Empty Nest" ("El Nido Vacio"), Directed by Daniel Burman (Argentina, Spain, France, & Italy)
Cast: Carlos Bermejo, Eugenia Capizzano, Ines Efron

"Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone:, Directed by Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno (Japan)

"Heaven on Earth", Directed by Deepa Mehta (Canada)
Cast: Preity Zinita, Balinder Johal

"Hellcats" ("Ddeugeoun-geosi joh-a"), Directed by Chil-in Kwon (South Korea)
Cast: Mi-suk Lee, Min-hie Kim

"Kassim The Dream", Directed by Kief Davidson (USA/Uganda)
Featuring: Kassim Ouma

"Lulu and Jimi", Directed by Oskar Roehler (Germany)
Cast: Jennifer Decker, Ray Fearon

"Paris 36" ("Fauborg 36"), Directed by Chirstophe Barratier (France)
Cast: Gerard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac

"Rudo y Cursi", Directed by Carlos Cuaron (Mexico)
Cast: Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Guillermo Fracella


Midnight Specials

"Grace", Directed by Paul Solet (USA)
Cast: Jordan Ladd
"Not Quite Hollywood", Directed by Mark Hartley (Australia)

"YoroiI: The Samurai Zombie", Directed by Tak Sakaguchi (Japan)
Cast: Tak Sakaguchi

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