AFI Fest has released more details of its program including two centerpiece films that will have their U.S. debuts at the festival, which takes place at the ArcLight in Hollywood November 3 - 13. The festival's lineup will showcase a total of 92 features (75 narrative, 17 documentaries) and 35 shorts. Twenty features will screen as world premieres, 22 North American premieres and 18 US premieres. The shorts slate includes nine world, nine North American and two US debuts.
Cannes '05 award-winner "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" by Tommy Lee Jones will screen as one of the fest's centerpiece galas. Starring Jones, the film follows the story of a ranch hand attempting to fulfill a promise to his friend who recently died, taking him to a burial in Mexico. Also a centerpiece is Roger Donaldson's "The World's Fastest Indian," the story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle, which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967. As previously announced, James Mangold's Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival debut "Walk the Line" will open the festival and Lasse Hallstrom's romantic comedy "Casanova," (North American premiere) starring Heath Ledger will close the event.
San Sebastian Film Festival '05 winner "7 Virgenes" by Alberto Rodriguez will screen as a U.S. premiere in the festival's international feature competition, which includes a dozen titles. Toronto winner "C.R.A.Z.Y." by Jean-Marc Valee will also screen in the section as will Danis Tanovic's Toronto drama, "Hell." Edinburgh Film Festival and Toronto-winning film from South Africa, "Tsotsi" by Gavin Hood is also slated to screen in the section.
Twelve films will play in AFI Fest's international documentary competition, including the world premieres of writer-director Davin Anders Hutchins' "The Art of Flight," Damon Brown's "Burning Man: Beyond Black Rock," Julie Gustafson's "Desire," and Kelly Duda's "Factor 8: The Arkansas Prison Blood Scandal." Also screening as a world debut are Steve Anderson's "Fuck," with Alanis Morissette and Zach Niles' "The Refugees All Stars."
In addition to galas and the international feature and documentary competitions, AFI Fest will also host four special screenings, 12 films in its American Directions section, ten each for its Asian New Classics and Latin Cinema Series, twelve in European Showcase, six in Made in Germany, and 35 titles in the international shorts competition.
[For more information, visit AFI Fest's website.]
[indieWIRE will be in Los Angeles next month providing coverage of the 2005 AFI Fest.]