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AFI FEST 2010 AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH TO TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE

This year the American Cinematheque and the Egyptian Theatre are proud to collaborate with and host various events from AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi. Celebrating its 24th year as a program of the American Film Institute, the festival will take place November 4 through 11 in the heart of Hollywood. Kicking off the awards season each year, AFI FEST offers a crucial avenue of exposure to the entertainment community, while providing appreciative audiences with a festive atmosphere and the very best of world cinema, right in the center of the film capital of the world.

Please join us at the Egyptian Theatre for an exciting program that includes the sneak preview of RABBIT HOLE with director John Cameron Mitchell and cast members in person, guest artistic director David Lynch in person with classic programming pick SUNSET BOULEVARD and his film ERASERHEAD, the West Coast premiere of Anna DuVernay’s I WILL FOLLOW, an LA Times Young Hollywood panel discussion with some of the industry’s rising stars, and a Cinema’s Legacy screening with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

All screenings are FREE OF CHARGE. Tickets and additional information about AFI FEST presented by Audi is available at www.afifest.com

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH AT 7:30PM

LOS ANGELES TIMES ROUNDTABLE: YOUNG HOLLYWOOD
90 min.

Los Angeles Times Calendar writer Amy Kaufman sits down with some of Hollywood's brightest young talent for an inside look at life in front of the cameras (and on the red carpet) for the film industry's under-30 stars.

**IN PERSON: Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan, Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, with additional panelists to be announced.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH AT 9:30PM

West Coast Premiere!

I WILL FOLLOW
Dir. Ava DuVernay
2010, Forward Movement, 88 min.

For over a year, Maye (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) has been living in Topanga Canyon, caring for her aunt Amanda, a musician dying of breast cancer. The film takes place over the course of one day, soon after Amanda’s passing, as Maye prepares to move out and a series of visitors arrives. When Amanda’s estranged daughter Fran (Michole White) lays claim to her mother’s mink coat, it leads to a vicious battle over who loved Amanda most.

**IN PERSON: Director Ava DuVernay with Cast Members.





SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH AT 3:30PM

David Lynch Presents:

ERASERHEAD
Dir. David Lynch
1977, Absurda, 89 min.

Antagonistic reviews of [David Lynch’s] first feature prompted midnight movie distributor Ben Barenholtz to strategically roll out the film over the course of two years, literally “cultivating” its audience. Shot in dilapidated industrial settings, seething with rumbles and hisses, peopled with disfigured and eccentric characters and featuring a famously indefinable creature described as a premature baby, the film propels viewers into a shocking, black & white dreamscape.




SUNSET BOULEVARD
Dir. Billy Wilder
1950, Paramount, 110 min.

Speaking at his AFI tribute in 1989, Billy Wilder concluded his speech with thoughts on working for the studios: “Remember, they have the power, but we have the glory.” That glory was never more evident than in SUNSET BOULEVARD, a poison pen letter to Hollywood and the living ghosts of silent film. Today SUNSET BOULEVARD stands as a perfect encapsulation of the work of Billy Wilder — vivid, acidic and thoroughly modern.

**IN PERSON: Director David Lynch.




SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH AT 8:00PM

Gala: Sneak Preview!

BARNEY'S VERSION
Dir. Richard J. Lewis
2010, Sony Pictures Classics, 132 min.

Dustin Hoffman and Paul Giamatti deliver unforgettable performances as father and son in a wise and witty tale of a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. Based on Mordecai Richler's prize-winning comic novel.

**IN PERSON: Director Richard J. Lewis, Producer Robert Lantos, Actor Paul Giamatti, and Cast Members. There will also be a Reception following the screening.

**WEBSITE: http://www.sonyclassics.com/barneysversion/





SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH AT 2:00PM

Presented by the American Film Institute and the Skirball Cultural Center, Cinema’s Legacy is an exciting series in which contemporary filmmakers screen work they credit with encouraging and shaping their art.

Cinema's Legacy with Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin:

**Film TBA, check www.afifest.com for film title.

Aaron Sorkin made his Broadway playwriting debut at the age of 28 with the military courtroom drama, A FEW GOOD MEN, for which he received the John Gassner Award as Outstanding New American Playwright. His film adaptation of A FEW GOOD MEN was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He followed this success with the screenplays for MALICE, and THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT and produced and wrote the television series SPORTS NIGHT and THE WEST WING which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series all four years and garnered Mr. Sorkin two Peabody Awards and the Humanitas Prize, and three Television Critics Association Awards. He also won a Golden Globe, a Writers Guild Award and three Producers Guild Awards.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH AT 5:00PM

Los Angeles Premiere!

CHICO & RITA
Dirs. Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba
2010, CinemaNX.

This spellbinding animated odyssey through 1940s Havana and New York celebrates the birth of Latin jazz in a love story between a gifted pianist and a singer with the voice of an angel.

“A visually hypnotic, musically electric film.” – The Hollywood Reporter.




SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH AT 7:30PM

Sneak Preview!

RABBIT HOLE
Dir. John Cameron Mitchell
2010, Lionsgate.

Adapted from David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, RABBIT HOLE is a vivid, honest and unexpectedly witty portrait of a family searching for what remains possible in the most impossible of situations. Just eight months ago, Becca and Howie Corbett (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) were a happy suburban family. Now they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt and sarcasm from which they cannot seem to escape.

**IN PERSON: Director John Cameron Mitchell and Cast Members.

**NICOLE KIDMAN OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.nicolekidmanofficial.com/2010/09/first-look-at-rabbit-hole/





 

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