The 23rd AFI Film Festival, which this year takes place from October 30 through November 7–is closing the fest with the Toronto hit A Single Man, starring Colin Firth, who will likely land an Oscar nod for his performance as a grieving man whose lover dies in a car crash. The full AFI story is here.
Another new announcement is centerpiece selection The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, starring the late Heath Ledger and veteran actor Christopher Plummmer, who will attend an AFI tribute. (I will finally see this movie!) Plummer’s The Last Station is also showing, which I liked in Telluride. The fest will also mount a tribute for Viggo Mortensen, star of The Road, who was also honored at Telluride. I want to see Everybody’s Fine, a remake of the Giuseppe Tornatore comedy, along with Israeli Oscar submission Ajami. I’m curious to see Wes Anderson’s controversial stop-motion feature The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is debuting at the London Film Fest before AFI.
For the first time, sponsor Audi is offering free tickets to all screenings. The fest will start out at Mann’s Chinese in Hollywood and move to Santa Monica for screenings during the American Film Market November 4th though 11th.