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AFI FEST 2012 Presented By Audi Announces Presentations, Conversations And Additional Screening

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AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced the events and screenings in its Presentations and Conversations programs, an additional screening and some of the guests who are expected to attend this year’s festival. AFI FEST, which annually presents the best of world cinema in the movie capital of the world, will take place November 1 through 8 at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Stay with us here at WAMG as we bring you the latest from the AFI Fest screenings, panels and after-parties right here in Hollywood!

PRESENTATIONS:

This variety of special screening events offers audiences a unique festival experience.

SUNSET BOULEVARD: DIR Billy Wilder
With restoration services by Technicolor, be among the first to experience one of Hollywood’s most beloved films as it was originally intended. A fitting release to continue Paramount’s centennial celebration, Billy Wilder’s seminal classic continues to enthrall audiences with its bizarre and tragic tale of Hollywood’s dark side.
Saturday, November 3, 3:00 p.m., Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

LEVI’S® “SHOW US THE WAY” SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
The Levi’s® brand in partnership with AFI FEST and AFI CONSERVATORY are pleased to showcase the finalists in the “Show Us The Way” short film competition for up-and-coming filmmakers. The contest called on prospective filmmakers to submit actionable story treatments for the chance to produce a five-minute short film about a better tomorrow. The finalists of the six films are: Michele Atkins, Alexandra Brodsky, Andrea Giacomini, Jason Harper, the team of Kelly McCrillis and Bill Moldt, and Chris Olness.
Wednesday, November 7, 7:00 p.m., Chinese 6

DIRECTOR LESLIE ZEMECKIS IN CONVERSATION 
A panel conversation followed by a screening of the new documentary BOUND BY FLESH.

BOUND BY FLESH tells the story of two sisters who, as well as being America’s sweethearts in the ‘30s and ‘40s and the biggest celebrities of their day, were also Siamese Twins. Here for the first time is the story of their life, a rich history of carnival and circus life, covering early American entertainment from vaudeville, burlesque, sideshows and Hollywood.
Friday, November 2, 1:30 p.m., Chinese 3

POLITICS AND THE POWER OF MUSIC 
A conversation with musician and director Ariana Delawari and producer Yasmine Delawari Johnson followed by a screening of their film WE CAME HOME (U.S. Premiere).

The story of Afghanistan through Afghan-American artist, Ariana Delawari, who spends ten years traveling between Los Angeles and Afghanistan, documenting her father’s homeland through photographs, film and music. When her father is arrested by the very government he’s worked so hard to build, Ariana must decide what to do when war and corruption threaten her father’s life.
Tuesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Egyptian

CONVERSATIONS:

This section gives the audience an opportunity to get up close and personal with actors and directors as they candidly discuss their craft.

YOUNG HOLLYWOOD ROUNDTABLE
The Los Angeles Times returns with its very popular Young Hollywood Roundtable. Amy Kaufman sits down with four acclaimed young talents – Bella Heathcote (NOT FADE AWAY), Logan Lerman (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER), Aubrey Plaza (PARKS AND RECREATION, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (SMASHED) – for a lively, intimate discussion about life behind the scenes, the art of acting and the upcoming award season.
Friday, November 2, 7:30 p.m., Chinese 6

A SESSION WITH THE TALENT BEHIND THE SESSIONS
The Hollywood Reporter peels back the curtain, talking with director/screenwriter Ben Lewin and John Hawkes from one of this year’s awards season contenders, THE SESSIONS. Moderated by THR awards columnist/blogger Scott Feinberg.
Sunday, November 4, 1:00 p.m., Cinema Lounge, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

SPOTLIGHT 
Entertainment Weekly puts a spotlight on Jack Black and his most recent film, BERNIE.
Date, time and location to be announced later this week

ADDITIONAL SCREENING:

FINAL CUT – LADIES & GENTLEMEN: DIR Pálfi György
Pálfi György’s “recycled film” is the tale of the ultimate man and the ultimate woman. What are their distinguishing marks? He is charming like Marcello Mastroianni in LA DOLCE VITA. But he’s also strapping like Brad Pitt in FIGHT CLUB. He is boyish like Leonardo DiCaprio in TITANIC and devastating like Clark Gable. He is decisive like Sean Connery as James Bond, but also a bit awkward, like Chaplin in MODERN TIMES. And what about the ultimate woman? She is certainly unpredictable and instinctive like Lollobrigida, but she’s also graceful and knows how to behave, like Audrey Hepburn. She’s girlish, like Audrey Tautou, but cool and distant like Greta Garbo. She is funny and familiar like Julia Roberts, but her smile is like Ava Gardner’s. She is divine, like Sophia Loren, and ethereal, like Liv Tyler. The celluloid heroes and heroines of more than 450 movies show us what happens when He meets Her.
Tuesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Wednesday, November 7, 9:45 p.m., Egyptian

FESTIVAL GUESTS:

Galas and Special Screenings guests will be announced each day of the festival.

Filmmakers expected to attend AFI FEST Regular Screenings include Tobias Lindholm (A HIJACKING), Nikolaj Arcel (A ROYAL AFFAIR), Jane Adams (ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY), Joel Potrykus (APE), Brandon Cronenberg (ANTIVIRAL), Cristian Mungiu (BEYOND THE HILLS), João Canijo (BLOOD OF MY BLOOD), Maja Miloš (CLIP), Rebecca Thomas (ELECTRICK CHILDREN), Raúl Fuentes (EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMEBODY…NOT ME), Antonio Mendez Esparza (HERE AND THERE), Adrián García Bogliano (HERE COMES THE DEVIL), Zach Weintraub (THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING), Don Coscarelli and Paul Giamatti (JOHN DIES AT THE END), Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg (KON-TIKI), Umut Dag (KUMA), Suzanne Clément and Melvil Poupaud (LAURENCE ANYWAYS), Drew Denny (THE MOST FUN I’VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON), David Tosh Gitonga (NAIROBI HALF LIFE), Jan-Ole Gerster (OH BOY), Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet (ONLY THE YOUNG), Joachim Lafosse (OUR CHILDREN), Mike Ott (PEARBLOSSOM HWY), Kim Ki-duk (PIETA), Antonio Campos and Brady Corbet (SIMON KILLER), Bob Byington and Nick Offerman (SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME), Olivier Assayas (SOMETHING IN THE AIR), Sean Baker (STARLET), Alain Gomis and Saül Williams (TEY), Bill and Turner Ross (TCHOUPITOULAS), Kim Nguyen (WAR WITCH), Jack Plotnick (WRONG) and Eran Riklis and Stephen Dorff (ZAYTOUN), among others.

For the fourth consecutive year, AFI FEST continues its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings. Registration for ticket access is now open at AFI.com/AFIFEST. Tickets are also available in-person at the AFI FEST AT&T Box Office at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

Festival attendees can avoid rush lines and gain priority entry to all regular screenings, including the Young Americans, New Auteurs, World Cinema, Midnight, Breakthrough, Guest Artistic Director and Shorts sections without a ticket by purchasing the new Cinepass Express.

The Cinepass Express and other AFI FEST passes – which can include access to sold-out high-demand films and events – are on sale now at AFI.com/AFIFEST. The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization and passes are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Audi is the festival’s presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors include American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; AT&T; the Coca-Cola Company; Creative America; Hewlett-Packard (HP); Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Levi’s; Stella Artois; New Amsterdam Vodka; American Film Market (AFM); and the Chinese Theatre, among many others.

Additional information about AFI FEST is available at AFI.com/AFIFEST. Connect with AFI FEST atfacebook.com/AFIFESTtwitter.com/AFIFEST and youtube.com/AFIFEST.

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