DAILY NEWS: AFI Fest to Offer 10 Foreign Language U.S. Premieres In 1999
Competition; Fest to Open with "Cider House Rules"

by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

Lasse Hallstrom's "The Cider House Rules" will kick off the 1999 AFI
International Film Festival
in Los Angeles next month. The event will run
October 21-29 at the American Cinematheque Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

More than 50 films will screen during the nine-day festival, with 10 foreign
language U.S. premieres comprising the official competition. They are:
Takashi Koizumi's "After The Rain" (Japan, 1999), which was written by Akira
; Olli Saarela's "Ambush" (Finland, 1999); Kim Ki-Duk's "Birdcage
" (Korean, 1999); Jan Hrebejk's "Cosy Dens" (Japan/China, 1999); Chen
's "The Emperor and the Assasin" (Japan/China, 1999); Shinya Tsukamoto's
"Gemini" (Japan, 1999); Ferzan Ozpetek's "Harem Suare" (France/Turkey/Italy);
Morten Henriksen's "The Magnetist's Fifth Winter" (Denmark, 1999); Giuseppe
's "Not of This World" (Italy, 1999), and Shaji Karun's "Vanaprastham,
The Last Dance
" (India, 1999).

"This year's AFI Fest will be the most diversified and exciting slate to
date," explained AFI's Jon Fitzgerald in a prepared statement. "With the
success of last year's opening film, 'Life is Beautiful,' we are pleased
to once again open the festival with another gem from Miramax,
'The Cider House Rules.'"

The out of competition section includes 3 international films, Lea Pool's
"Set Me Free," Erik Gustavson's "Sophie's World," and Murali Nair's "Throne
of Death

[For more information, call 323.520.2000 or visit the festival website
at: http://www.afifest.com.]