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AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi Centerpiece Gala Selections Announced:WORLD PREMIERE OF OUT OF THE FURNACE, NEBRASKA AND A TRIBUTE TO BRUCE DERN, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

Los Angeles, CA, September 30, 2013 – The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today additional red carpet Centerpiece Galas at AFI FEST presented by Audi, including the World Premiere of Scott Cooper’s OUT OF THE FURNACE; Alexander Payne’s NEBRASKA; accompanied by a Tribute to Bruce Dern; and THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, directed by and starring Ben Stiller. Stuart Cornfeld, an AFI Conservatory alumnus and recipient of the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal at the AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony held last June, is one of the producers of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY. All galas will be presented in the historic TCL Theatre.


As previously announced, the North American Premiere of SAVING MR. BANKS (DIR John Lee Hancock) is the Opening Night Gala and INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (DIR Ethan Coen, Joel Coen) is the Closing Night Gala.  The Guest Artistic Director is Agnès Varda.  The previously announced FOXCATCHER Premiere is no longer part of the AFI FEST program, due to the shift of the film's release date to 2014.

“Our Centerpiece Galas reflect the diverse cinematic experience at AFI FEST, from our smaller independent films to larger studio releases. We are thrilled to have the World Premiere of OUT OF THE FURNACE; to honor the legendary Bruce Dern for his outstanding career and his brilliant performance in NEBRASKA; and to take the audience on a journey with THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, AFI FEST Festival Director.  Commenting on the news that the previously announced Premiere of FOXCATCHER would move to next year, Lyanga added, “AFI will be proud to celebrate FOXCATCHER when Bennett Miller and his talented team are ready to share it with the world.”

For the fifth consecutive year, AFI FEST will offer free tickets to all screenings, but only the Patron Packages will provide reserved seating for the festival’s announced galas.  These and other AFI FEST Passes are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST.


Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29 in a 48-hour advance window before they become available to the general public on Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31.  In addition, AFI members at the Two-Star level and above receive a 10% discount on all AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes. Information about AFI membership is available at AFI.com/membership.


For the 10th year, Audi returns as the festival’s presenting sponsor.  Additional sponsors include American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; The American Film Market (AFM); AT&T; Coca Cola; The Egyptian Theatre; Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; National Geographic Channel; Stella Artois and TCL Chinese Theatre, among many others.



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About Bruce Dern


Bruce Dern’s tremendous career is made up of playing both modern-day heroes and legendary villains.  Through decades of critically acclaimed performances, Dern has acquired the reputation of being one of the most talented and prolific actors of his generation.


A celebrated stage actor, Dern was trained by famed director Elia Kazan at The Actor’s Studio and made his film debut in Kazan’s WILD RIVER (1960). In the 1960s, Dern also found success as a distinguished television actor. He appeared regularly in contemporary Western TV-series as well as THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR. Hitchcock was such a fan of Dern that he cast him in both MARNIE and FAMILY PLOT (Hitchcock’s final film). During the 1960s, Dern went on to work with director Roger Corman and appeared in several of his classic and decade-defining films, including THE WILD ANGELS. He received critical success for films such as THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY? and DRIVE, HE SAID and went down in history for his role as Long Hair in THE COWBOYS, in which he became the first man ever to kill John Wayne.


Dern went on to star in such classic films as THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS with Jack Nicholson and Ellen Burstyn, as well as playing Tom Buchanan in THE GREAT GATSBY. It was his brilliant and powerful performance in Hal Ashby’s COMING HOME that earned him an Academy Award® nomination. Other credits include AFTER DARK MY SWEET, BLACK SUNDAY, DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE DRIVER, HARRY TRACY, THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN, MONSTER, ON THE EDGE, POSSE and SILENT RUNNING. 


About the American Film Institute

AFI is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film – now in its 42nd year; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI Fest presented by Audi, AFI Docs presented by Audi and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world renowned AFI Conservatory, recognized for the quality of its instructors and speakers and its notable alumni. For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI at twitter.com/AmericanFilm, facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute and youtube.com/AFI.


About AFI FEST presented by Audi

A program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST presented by Audi is a celebration of global cinema and today’s Hollywood – a showcase for the best festival films of the year and an opportunity for master filmmakers and emerging artists to come together with audiences in the movie capital of the world.  AFI FEST is the only festival of its stature that is free to the public. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®.  This year’s edition takes place November 7-14, 2013. Additional information about AFI FEST is available at AFI.com/AFIFEST.  Connect with AFI FEST at facebook.com/AFIFEST, twitter.com/AFIFEST and youtube.com/AFIFEST.


About Audi 

Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2012, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S.  Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products and technologies. Visit audiusa.com or audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues. 


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CONTACTS: 

Shari Mesulam, AFI FEST, 323.856.7896 or festpublicity@AFI.com


AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi Galas


OPENING NGHT GALA:

SAVING MR. BANKS:  Inspired by true events, the film tells the extraordinary, untold story of how Walt Disney’s classic MARY POPPINS made it to the screen – and the testy relationship between the legendary Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.  DIR John Lee Hancock.  SCR Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith.  CAST Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, Colin Farrell.  USA.  North American Premiere.

Thursday, November 7, TCL Theatre.


CENTERPIECE GALAS:

OUT OF THE FURNACE: A gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice.  DIR Scott Cooper.  SCR Scott Cooper, Brad Ingelsby.  CAST Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard.  USA.   World Premiere.

Saturday, November 9, TCL Theatre.


NEBRASKA featuring a Tribute to Bruce Dern:  After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he’s struck it rich and wrangles his son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune.  Shot in black and white across four states, the film tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.  DIR Alexander Payne.  SCR Bob Nelson.  CAST Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk.  USA.

Monday, November 11, TCL Theatre.

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY:  Ben Stiller directs and stars as Walter Mitty in James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action.  When his job along with that of his co-worker is threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.  DIR Ben Stiller.  SCR Steven Conrad.  CAST Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Penn.  USA.

Wednesday, November 13, TCL Theatre.


CLOSING NIGHT GALA:


INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS: The film follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.  DIR/SCR Ethan Coen, Joel Coen.  CAST Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake.  USA.

Thursday, November 14, TCL Theatre.