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"The Fountain" and "Inland Empire" Added as AFI Fest Unveils Complete '06 Lineup

Laura Dern in David Lynch's "Inland Empire". Photo Credit: Canal Plus

Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain" and David Lynch's "Inland Empire" have been added as Centerpiece Galas at the 2006 AFI Fest in Los Angeles, joining Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" as centerpiece films at the festival, running November 1 - 12, 2006. The announcement was made as organizers unveiled the complete lineup for the festival, set to kick off with Emilio Estevez' "Bobby" (the closing film is still to be announced). Aronofsky's "The Fountain" stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, while Lynch's latest film stars Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons and Justin Theroux. Also added is a special evening with Ed Zwick. Aronofsky, Lynch and Zwick are all alumni of the the AFI Conservatory's directing program.

A total of 147 films are set to screen at the 2006 AFI Fest - 91 are narrative features and 20 are documentary features - alongside 36 short films. The festival will present 22 world premieres, according to organizers, while 30 are North American premieres and 28 are U.S. premieres. Planners also announced the creation of a few new sections: African Voices Cinema Series for work from the African continent, Dark Horizons for envelope pushing work and genre movies, and World Cinema for international films not already included in the African, Asian, Latin or American sections.

"This is a very exciting year for us," said AFI Fest's Director of Programming Nancy Collet, in a statement. "We noticed a lot of emerging trends really hitting their stride. The films in the new late-night movie section Dark Horizons seemed to be pushing some classic genre elements to the limits. We also noticed a thriving, exciting film industry in Africa so we created the African Voices section. There are really original story-telling techniques coming from that part of the world."

A dozen titles have been set for each of the two main competition sections at the festival, the International Feature Competition and the International Documentary Competition. Notably, eleven films set to screen have been selected as their country's Oscar submission this year, including, Algeria's "Days of Glory", Australia's "Ten Canoes", Austria's "Grbavica", Egypt's "The Yacoubian Building", Hong Kong's "The Banquet", Denmark's "After The Wedding", Germany's "The Lives of Others", Hungary's "White Palms", Spain's "Volver" and Sweden's "Falkenberg Farewell".

Lineups for the International Competition, Special Presentations, American Directions, Dark Horizons and World Cinema sections are included below (information provided by AFI Fest):

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE COMPETITION

"2:37 / Two Thirty Seven" (US Premiere)
Cast: Teresa Palmer, Joel Mackenzie, Frank Sweet, Clementine Mellor, Charles Baird, Sam Harris, Marni Spilane, Sarah Hudson, Chris Olver, Xavier Samuel, Gary Sweet, Daniel Whyte. DIR/SCR Murali K. Thalluri, PROD Kent Smith, Murali K. Thalluri, Nick Matthews. Australia.

"The Art of Crying" (US Premiere)
Cast: Jannik Lorenzen, Jesper Asholt, Julie Kolbeck, Hanne Hedelund, Thomas Knuth-Winterfeldt. DIR Peter Schonau Fog SCR Bo hr. Hansen NOVEL Erling Jepsen, PROD Thomas Stenderup. Denmark.

"Cashback" (US Premiere)
Cast: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Shaun Evans, Michelle Ryan, Stuart Goodwin, Michael Dixon, Michael Lambourne, Marc Pickering. DIR/SCR Sean Ellis. PROD Lene Bausager and Sean Ellis. UK.

"Drama/Mex" (US Premiere)
Cast: Miriana Moro, Fernando Becerril, Diana Garcia, Emilio Valdes, Juan Pablo Castaneda. DIR/SCR Gerardo Naranjo PROD Gabriel Garcia Bernal, Gabriel Garcia, Santiago Paredes, Miriana Moro. Mexico.

"Falkenberg Farewell" (US Premiere)
Cast: Holger Eriksson, David Johnson, John Axel Eriksson, Jesper Ganslandt, Joergen Svensson DIR Jesper Ganslandt. SCR Jesper Ganslandt and Fredrik Wenzel PROD Anna Anthony. Sweden/Denmark.

"Fissures" (World Premiere)
Cast: Emile Dequenne, Ludmila Mikael, Mathieu Demy, Jacques Spesser. DIR/SCR Alante Kavite PROD Antoine Simkine. France.

"Frozen Days" (North American Premiere)
Cast: Anat Klausner, Uli Sternberg, Sandra Sade, Pini Tabger, Maor Cohen DIR/SCR Danny Lerner PROD Alan Lerner, Danny Lerner, Assaf Rav. Isreal.

"Glue" (US Premiere)
Cast: Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Nahuel Viale, Ines Efron, Veronica Llinas, Florencia Braier DIR/SCR Alexis Dos Santos, PROD Alexis Dos Santos, Soledad Gatti-Pascual. Argentina/UK.

"Grbavica" (North American Premiere) Cast: Mirjana Karanovic, Luna Mijovic, Leon Lucev, Kenan Catic, Jasna Ornela Berry DIR/SCR Jasmila Ibanic PROD Barbara Albert, Damir Ibrahimovic, Bruno Wagner. Bosnia-Herzegovina/Austria/Germany/Croatia.

"Secret Life of Happy People" (US Premiere)
Cast: Gilbert Sicotte, Marc Paquet, Catherine de Lean, Marie Gignac, Gilles Renaud, Anne Dorval, Maxime Denommee, Gabriel Arcand, Hubert Proulx, Marc Beland, Mariane Lalumiere. DIR/SCR Stephane Lapointe PROD Roger Frappier, Luc Vandal. Canada.

"Under the Ice" (US Premiere)
Cast: Bibiana Beglau, Sandra Borgmann, Dirk Borchardt, Adreian Wahlen, Nicole Merced Muller, Barbara Focke, Thorsten Merten, Susanne Lothar. DIR Aelrun Goette SCR Thomas Stiller PROD Ernest Ludwig Ganzert, Milena Maitz. Germany.

"Who Loves the Sun" (North American Premiere)
Cast: Lukas Haas, Molly Parker, Adam Scott, R.H. Thomson, Wendy Crewson. DIR/SCR Matt Bissonnette PROD Corey Marr. Canada.


INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

"Back Home" (World Premiere)
DIR J.B. Rutagarama. PROD Linda Vester. USA.

"Blindsight" (US Premiere)
DIR Lucy Walker. PROD Sybill Robson Orr. UK/Tibet.

"Buddha's Little Children" (US Premiere) DIR Mark Verkerk. PROD Ton Okkerse. The Netherlands/France.

"Girl 27" (World Premiere)
DIR/SCR David Stenn. PROD Lindsay Webster and TLR Productions, LLC. USA.

"Kurt Cobain About a Son" (US Premiere)
DIR AJ Schnack. PROD Shirley Moyers, Noah Khoshbin, Chris Green. Documentary. USA.

"Motherland Afghanistan" (World Premiere)
DIR Sedika Mojadidi. PROD Jenny Raskin, Catherine Gund, Sedika Mojadidi. USA.

"Next: A Primer on Urban Painting" (US Premiere) DIR/PROD Pablo Aravena.
PROD agnes b, Nadja Romain, Love Streams Production agnes b. Canada/France.

NO SWEAT (World Premiere)
DIR/SCR Amie Williams. PROD Amie Williams. USA.

"Screamers" (World Premiere)
DIR Carla Garapedian. PROD Nick de Grunwald, Tim Swain, Carla Garapedian, Peter McAlevey. UK.

"Searching for Orson" (World Premiere)
DIR Jakov and Dominik Sedlar. NARRATOR Peter Bogdanovich, SCR Dominik Sedlar. PROD Jakov Sedlar, Richard Weiner. Croatia.

"Shame" (US Premiere)
DIR Mohammed Naqvi. PROD Mohammed Naqvi and Jill Schneider. Pakistan/USA.

"The Traveling Cinema" (North American Premiere)
DIR/SCR Marcin Sauter. PROD Zbignlew Domagalski. Poland.


SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

"Air Guitar Nation"
Documentary. DIR Alexandra Lipsitz PROD, Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Anna Barber. USA.

"Beautiful Ohio" (World Premiere)
Cast: William Hurt, Rita Wilson, Julianna Margulies, Michelle Trachtenberg, David Call, Brett Davern, Ilo Orleans. DIR Chad Lowe, SCR Ethan Canin, PROD Hilary Swank, Chad Lowe, Mark Burton. USA.

"Broken" (World Premiere)
Cast: Heather Graham, Jeremy Sisto, Randall Batinkoff, Jake Busey, Michael Goojian, Linda Hamilton, Tess Harper, Bianca Lawson, Mark Sheppard. DIR Alan White, SCR Drew Pillsbury, STORY Jeff Lester, Drew Pillsbury, PROD Brian Etting, Jerry Wayne. USA.

"Bug"
Cast: Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick, Jr. DIR William Friedkin, SCR Tracy Letts, PROD Kimberly C. Anderson, Michael Burns, Gary Huckabay. USA.

"Come Early Morning"
Cast: Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Donovan, Tim Blake Nelson, Diane Ladd, Stacey Keach. DIR/SCR Joey Lauren Adams PROD Julie Yorn, Holly Wiersma, Ed Bass. USA.

"The Dead GIrl" (World Premiere)
Cast: Josh Brolin, Rose Byrne, Toni Collette, James Franco, Marcia Gay Harden, Mary Beth Hurt, Brittany Murphy, Giovanni Ribisi, Mary Steenburgen, Kerry Washington, Piper Laurie. DIR/SCR Karen Moncrieff, PROD Henry Winterstern, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi. USA.

"The History Boys" (North American Premiere)
Cast: Richard Griffiths, Clive Merrison, Frances De La Tour. DIR Nicholas Hytner, SCR Alan Bennett, PROD Kevin Loader, Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones. UK.

"Hollywood Dreams" (World Premiere)
Cast: Tanna Frederick, Justin Kirk, Zack Norman, David Proval, Karen Black, Melissa Leo. DIR/SCR Henry Jaglom PROD Rosemary Marks. USA.

"Lies & Alibis"
Cast: Steve Coogan, Rebecca Romijn, Selma Blair, James Brolin, Sam Elliot, Henry Rollins, John Leguizamo, Debi Mazar, Sharon Lawrence, Deborah Unger. DIR Kurt Mattilla, Matt Checkowski, SCR Noah Hawley, PROD Patrick Wachserger, Erik Feig, Robert Hayward, David Garrett, James D. Stern, Paul Hellerman. USA.

"My Name is Jackie Beat"
Documentary. DIR/DP Randolph Mark Viverito, PROD Elizabeth Viverito Escobar. USA.

"TV Junkie"
Documentary. DIR/PROD Michael Cain, ED/CO DIR Matt Radecki. USA.

"Venus"
Cast: Peter O'Toole, Leslie Phillips, Jodie Whittaker, Richard Griffiths, Vanessa Redgrave. DIR Roger Michell, SCR Hanif Kureishi, PROD Kevin Loader. UK.


AMERICAN DIRECTIONS

"Big Dreams Little Tokyo" (World Premiere)
Cast: David Boyle, Jayson Watabe, Rachel Morihiro, Drew Knight, Pepe Serna, Michael Yama, James Kyson Lee, Sonny Saito, Bobby Suetsugu, Naohiro Takita, Yuta Kinjo, Kei Miyara, Hiroshi Watanabe, Michael Birkeland, Jonna Tamases. DIR/SCR David Boyle, PROD Duane Andersen, Megan Boyle.

"Comic Evangelists" (World Premiere)
Cast: Adam Carter, Allison Hendrix, Dann Sytsma, Eli Rix, James Sanford, Jenn Moubray, Kate Walker, Steve Peterson, Scott Piebenga, Tara Sytsma. DIR Daniel Jones, Dann Sytsma, SCR Adam Carter, Allison Hendrix, Daniel Jones, Dann Sytsma, Eli Rix, James Sanford, Jenn Moubray, Kate Walker, Steve Peterson, Tara Sytsma, PROD Daniel Jones, Dann Sytsma.

"Disappearances"
Cast: Kris Kristofferson, Genevieve Bujold, Gary Farmer, William Sanderson, Lothaire Bluteau, Luis Guzman. DIR/SCR Jay Craven, PROD Jay Craven, Hathalee Higgs.

"Forgiven"
Cast: Paul Fitzgerald, Susan Floyd, Russell Hornsby, Kate Jennings Grant. DIR/SCR Paul Fitzgerald, PROD Kelly Miller.

"Full Grown Men"
Cast: Matt McGrath, Judah Friedlander, Alan Cumming, Amy Sedaris, Deborah Harry, Joie Lee. DIR David Munro SCR David Munro, Xandra Castleton, PROD Brian Benson, Xandra Castleton, David Munro.

"Life After Tomorrow"
Documentary featuring: Julie Stevens, Sarah Jessica Parker, Martha Byrne, Allison Smith, Danielle Brisebois. DIR/PROD, Julie Stevens, Gil Cates, Jr.

"Somebodies"
Cast: Hadjii, Kaira Whitehead, Tyler Craig, Patt Brown, Nick Lewis, Carlos Davis, Nard Holston, IronE Singleton. DIR/SCR Hadjii, PROD Pamela Kohn, Nathaniel Kohn

"Special"
Cast: Michael Rapaport, Paul Blackthorne, Josh Peck, Robert Baker, Jack Kehler, Alexandra Holden, Ian Bohen. DIR/SCR Jeremy Passmore, Hal Haberman, PROD Ed Parks, Frank Mele.

"Stephanie Daley"
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Amber Tamblyn, Timothy Hutton, Denis O'Hare, Melissa Leo, Jim Gaffigan. DIR/SCR Hilary Brougher, PROD Jen Roskind, Samara Koffler, Lynette Howell.

"Wristcutters: A Love Story"
Cast: Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigham, John Hawkes, Tom Waits, Will Arnett, Leslie Bibb, Mikal P Lazarev, Mark Boone. DIR/SCR Goran Dukic PROD Tatiana Kelly, Mika P. Lazarev, Chris Coen, Adam Sherman.


DARK HORIZONS

"After..." (World Premiere)
Cast: Daniel Caltagirone, Flora Montgomery, Nicholas Aaron DIR David L. Cunningham SCR David L. Cunningham, Kevin Miller PROD Penelope L. Foster. USA.

"Alien Autoposy" (North American Premiere)
Cast: Declan Donnelly, Ant McPartlin, Bill Pullman, Harry Dean Stanton, Omid Djalili, Jimmy Carr, Mike Blakeley, Matthew Blakely, John Shrapnel, David Threlfall DIR Johnny Campbell SCR William Davies PROD William Davies, Barnaby Thompson. UK.

"Dark Corners" (North American Premiere)
Cast: Thora Birch, Toby Stephens, Christien Anholt DIR/SCR Ray Gower PROD Nigel Thomas. USA/UK.

"Danika" (North American Premiere)
Cast: Marisa Tomei, Regina Hall, Nicki Prian, Ridge Canipe, Bailey Hughes DIR Ariel Vromen SCR Joshua Leibner PROD Lorena David, John F.K. Parenteau, Mark A. Roberts. USA.

"The Host"
Cast: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doo-na, Ko A-sung DIR Bong Joon-ho SCR Bong Joon-ho, Hah Joon-won, Baek Chul-hyun PROD Choi Yong-bae. Korea.

"Re-Cycle" (North American Premiere)
Cast: Lee Sin Je, Ekin Cheng, Rain Li DIR Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang SCR Pang Brothers, Pak Sing Pang, Sam Lung,Cub Chien PROD Pang Brothers. Hong Kong/Thailand.


WORLD CINEMA

"12:08 East of Bucharest"
Cast: Mircea Andreescu, Teodor Corban, Ion Sapdaru. DIR/SCR/PROD Corneliu Porumboiu. Romania.

"After The Wedding"
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgard. DIR Susanne Bier. SCR Ander Thomas Jensen. PROD Sisse Graum Jorgensen. Denmark.

"Beauty in Trouble" (North American Premiere)
Cast: Ana Geislerova, Jana Brejchova, Jiri Schmitzer, Josef Abrham, Roman Luknar. DIR Jan Hrebejk. SCR Petr Jarchovsky. PROD Ondfiej Trojan. Czech Republic.

"The Bothersome Man"
Cast: Trond Fausa Aurvag, Petronella Barker, Per Schaanning, Birgitte Larsen, Johannes Joner. DIR Jens Lien. SCR Per Schreiner. PROD Jorgen Storm Rosenberg. Norway.

"A Crude Awakening - The Oilcrash"
Documentary. DIR/SCR/PROD Ray McCormack, Basil Gelpke. Switzerland.

"Four Minutes" (US Premiere)
Cast: Monica Bleibtreu, Hannah Herzsprung, Sven Pippig, Richy Mueller, Jasmin Tabatabai. DIR/SCR Chris Kraus. PROD Meike Kordes, Alexandra Kordes. Germany.

"The Journey" (US Premiere)
Cast: Nana Patekar, Rekha Ganeshan, Deepti Naval, Nakul Vaid. DIR/SCR Goutam Ghosh. PROD Vipin Vhora, Agnidev Chatterjee. India.

"The Last Days of Yasser Arafat" (North American Premiere)
Documentary. DIR/SCR/PROD Sherine Salama. Australia.

"The Lives of Others"
Cast: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Muehe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans Uwe Bauer. DIR/ SCR Florian Henkel von Donnersmarck. PROD Quiren Berg and Max Wiedemann. Germany.

"Offside"
Cast: Sima Mobarak Shahi, Safar Samandar, Shayesteh Irani, M. Kheyrabadi, Ida Sadeghi. DIR Jafar Panahi. SCR Shadmehr Rastin and Jafar Panahi. PROD Khiyabaneh Vali Assr., Khiyabane Fereshteh, Khiyabaneh Vali Assr. Iran.

"Our Land" (North American Premiere)
Cast: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Paolo Briguglia, Massimo Venturiello, Emilio Solfrizzi, Claudia Gerini, Giovanna Di Rauso, Sergio Rubini, Marisa Eugeni, Alisa Bistrova, Daniela Mazzacane, Maurizio Rega. DIR Sergio Rubini. SCR Angelo Pasquini, Carla Cavaluzzi, Sergio Rubini. PROD Domenico Procacci. Italy.

"Soap"
Cast: Trine Dyrholm, David Dencik, Frank Thiel, Elsebeth Steentoft. DIR Pernille Fischer Christensen. SCR Kim Fupz Aakeson. PROD Lars Bredo Rahbek. Denmark.

"Ten Canoes"
Cast: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, David Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu, Frances Djulibing. DIR Rolf De Heer. SCR Rolf de Heer. PROD Rolf de Heer and Julie Ryan. Australia.

"Transylvania" (US Premiere)
Cast: Asia Argento, Amira Casar, Birol Unel. DIR/SCR Tony Gatlif. France.

"Vitus" (North American Premiere) Cast: Bruno Ganz, Frbrizio Borsani, Toe Gheorghiu, Julika jekkins, Urs Jucker. DIR Fredi M. Murer. SCR Peter Luisi, Fredi M. Murer, Lukas B. Suter. PROD Christian Davi, Christof Neracher, Fredi M Murer. Switzerland.

"Which One of Us"
(North American Premiere) Cast: DIR/SCR Charles Belmont PROD Fabienne Vonier. France.

"White Palms"
(US Premiere) Cast: Orion Radies, Silas Radies, Zoltan Miklos Hajdu, Kyle Shewfelt, Gheorghe Dinica. DIR/SCR Szabolcs Hajdu. PROD Ivan Angelusz, Gabor Kovacs, Agi Pataki, Peter Reich. Hungary/France.

[For more information, please visit the festival website.]

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