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23rd AFI Fest

Oct 30 –Nov 7, 2009

What’s It All About

AFI FEST presents a survey of the year’s most significant films each Fall. Featuring international work from emerging filmmakers, films from the great masters and red-carpet gala premieres, AFI FEST brings world cinema to the heart of Hollywood.
The American Film Market (AFM), November 4–11, 2009, is partnering with AFI FEST for its 23rd edition.

1. New Lights Competition:

The festival will debut the New Lights Competition, which features groundbreaking films by first and second-time filmmakers from around the world. Screenings include:

• I Killed My Mother (Canada)
Directed by 20-year-old Xavier Dolan, who is already the recipient of three Cannes awards, this film follows a teenager as he wrestles with his sexuality, his talent and his mom.

• The Messenger (US)
Winner of two awards at the Berlin Film Festival, this debut feature by acclaimed screenwriter Oren Moverman follows soldiers on a tough assignment: informing the families of the dead.

• Fish Tank (UK)
Winner of Cannes’s Grand Jury Prize, directed by Andrea Arnold, this
explosively realistic coming-of-age tale reveals the dynamics beneath a
girl’s dangerous friendship with an
older man.

Special Screening

Fox’s Fantastic Mr Fox has been selected as the Festival’s Opening Night Gala presentation. It is visionary director Wes Anderson’s first animated film, utilising classic handmade stop-motion techniques to tell the story of the best-selling children’s book by Roald Dahl (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory). The film features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson and Owen Wilson.

Kirk Jones’ Everybody’s Fine will have its World Premiere at the festival.

Lone Star International Film Festival
November 11–15, 2009
Hosted by the Lone Star Film Society, this festival is a year-round series of programs culminating in a five-day celebration of cinema in November.

Starz Denver Film Festival
November 12–2, 2009
Since 1978, the Denver Film Society has promoted the medium as both an art form and a civic forum, developing a programme that includes year-round screenings, community outreach projects and renowned special events.

6th Dubai International Film Festival
December 9–16, 2009
DIFF, since its inception in 2004, has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. Now in its sixth year, DIFF continues to serve as a premier showcase event for Arab cinema. Moser Baer Entertainment’s Aval Peyar Tamilarasi (Her Name Is Tamilarasi) will be premiered at the prestigious festival.

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