Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Single Man, Parnassus amid AFI FEST line-up

The US premiere of Tom Ford’s A Single Man starring Oscar adversary Colin Firth and Julianne Moore will abutting the slimmed bottomward 23rd AFI FEST on November 5.

Artistic administrator Rose Kuo and her aggregation additionally apparent the actual titles in the agency of about 60 films that will awning from October 30-November 7, bottomward from about 100 aftermost year as top assumption acknowledge to the bread-and-butter downturn. An upbeat Kuo said the move had affected her aggregation to abbey “a analysis of the best celebrated and cogent films of the year.”

The US premiere of Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus on November 2 is the centerpiece and the agency is abundant on hot button awards contenders like Lee Daniels’ Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire and internationally acclaimed book such as Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet and Bong Joon-ho’s Mother, the corresponding French and South Korean Oscar submissions.

With audiences in mind, as ahead appear the ceremony launches its See A Blur On Us initiative, which will acquiesce film-goers to access up to 20 chargeless tickets to screenings, galas and tributes – two per actuality for galas – on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“Given the challenges we all face appropriate now, the ceremony and the burghal of Los Angeles capital to accord bodies an befalling to see a blur they would not contrarily see,” Kuo said, abacus that the face amount of tickets still activated to those who acquainted adequate acknowledging the ceremony as patrons. “Once we scaled bottomward the ceremony and knew we had our above sponsors abaft us, we knew we could do it.”

Audi allotment as appellation sponsor, and there is advocacy in allotment from, amid others, American Airlines, Absolut Vodka, Little Black Dress Wines, Stella Artois, the Los Angeles County Board Of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Department Of Cultural Affairs, and the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency.

In a third above change that reflects a admiration to abutment the bartering articulation amid the ceremony and the AFM, for the aboriginal time the ceremony will backpack to Santa Monica’s Laemmle 4 for its final two days, sparing buyers what has generally been an backbreaking and abhorred cross-town trek.

Christopher Plummer and Viggo Mortensen will ceremony accept a tribute. Plummer stars in The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus and The Aftermost Station, which will awning on November 3, while Mortensen plays the advance in The Road, which gets its US premiere on November 4.

“Viggo Mortensen and Christopher Plummer are two actors and blur artists of the accomplished order,” Kuo said. “They allotment that attenuate affection of actuality looked up to by audiences and blur admirers about the apple as able-bodied as actuality abundantly admired by their peers.”

Among the advancing highlights are Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans, the abstruseness After.Life with Liam Neeson, and Jonathan Demme’s music documentary Neil Young Trunk Show.

The all-embracing agenda includes Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank, Claude Chabrol’s abomination abstruseness Bellamy, Claudia Llosa’s Spain-Peru ball The Milk Of Sorrow, Chuan Lu’s Chinese ballsy Burghal Of Life And Death, Jiri Barta’s Czech Republic-Slovakia-Japan access In The Attic, and Bahman Ghobadi’s Iranian blur No One Knows About Persian Cats.

Two films will admire the career and 100th altogether of art administrator and academician Robert Boyle – Daniel Raim’s documentary Something’s Gonna Live, which profiles Boyle, and the 50th ceremony screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest on which Boyle worked.