Monday, October 21, 2013
2013 AFI FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY AUDI
This year's Opening Night Gala will be "Saving Mr. Banks", the true, untold story of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) struggling to convince P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the author of "Mary Poppins" to allow him to make a movie of her beloved character. "Inside Llewyn Davis", the latest from the Coen Brothers has been selected as the Closing Night film. Set in the 60's, it tells the tale of folk singer Davis (played by Oscar Isaac) who is trying to make a name for himself as a performer while maintaining his integrity as an artist. Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman also star.
The iconic French filmmaker, Agnès Varda has been selected as this year's Guest Artistic Director with her influential 1962 film, "Cleo From 5 to 7" being screened as a tribute. Ms Varda has handpicked four films to be shown that have influenced her over a sixty year career.Those films are "Pickpocket"(1959), "A Woman Under The Influence" (1974), "The Marriage of Maria Braun"(1979) and "After Hours"(1985):
There are three films selected to be a part of the Centerpiece Galas starting with the world premiere of "Out of The Furnace", a suspenseful drama featuring an impressive cast including Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forrest Whitaker and Zoe Saldana. Scott Cooper directs this follow-up to his acclaimed 2009 debut, "Crazy Heart":
Ben Stiller directs and stars in a remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", a romantic-comedy that also stars Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn and Shirley MacLaine:
Alexander Payne has made some of my all-time favorite films ("Election", "Sideways") and the director has finally returned with his latest, "Nebraska". It's a quirky, black & white, comedic drama involving a road trip with a father (Bruce Dern), his son (former "SNL" star, Will Forte) and an apparent lottery winning. A tribute to the film career of Mr. Dern will also be held during the festival: