AFI FEST 2009 Announces EVERYBODY’S FINE and New Lights Competition

Posted in Uncategorized by johnwildman on October 8, 2009

AFI FEST 2009 PRESENTED BY AUDI

ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF

MIRAMAX FILM’S “EVERYBODY’S FINE”

ROBERT DE NIRO AND KATE BECKINSALE

TO ATTEND

ALSO ANNOUNCED ARE FILMS SELECTED FOR FESTIVAL’S

DEBUT OF NEW LIGHTS COMPETITION

Los Angeles, CA, October 5, 2009—AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi today announced that Kirk Jones’ EVERYBODY’S FINE will have its world premiere at a Gala Screening presentation on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. AFI FEST also announced the debut of the New Lights Competition, which will feature a selection of groundbreaking films by first and second time filmmakers from around the world.

EVERYBODY’S FINE, a remake of Giuseppe Tornatore’s STANNO TUTTI BENE, stars Robert De Niro as a widower who, upon realizing his only connection to his family was through his wife, sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite and reconnect with each of his grown children. What follows is a series of eye-opening experiences for the working-class man as he learns the truth about each of their lives. Written and directed by Jones, the film also stars Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell. Jones, as well as De Niro and Beckinsale, will attend the world premiere of the film. The Miramax Films release is due in theaters December 4.

The New Lights Competition was created to feature and honor vital, groundbreaking films by first- and second-time feature filmmakers from around the world. Films selected this year include Israel’s Ophir (Best Picture) winner and the country’s Official Selection to the Academy Award foreign-language competition, AJAMI, directed by the Israeli/Palestinian tandem of Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti; Andrea Arnold’s UK coming-of-age story FISH TANK; Oren Moverman’s wartime drama, THE MESSENGER, starring Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton; NORTHLESS, Rigoberto Perezcano’s debut from Mexico; the previously announced German drama, EVERYONE ELSE (directed by Maren Ade); and POLICE, ADJECTIVE (directed by Corneliu Porumboiu), the winner of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard jury prize and Romania’s Official Selection to the Academy Award foreign-language competition.

“The establishment of the AFI FEST New Lights Competition is another highlight this year,” said AFI FEST Artistic Director Rose Kuo. “These films represent a selection of the year’s most essential work from the international film festival circuit.”

AFI FEST Director of Programming Robert Koehler added, “This competition is a great example of what we hoped to achieve with the programming for this year’s festival. To a film, they are accomplished and challenging works that strive to be memorably cinematic.”

New Lights competition selections (with descriptions by Koehler) are:

AJAMI (Israel/Germany)

Directors: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani

The film follows the interconnected stories of people of different faiths living side by side in a crime-ridden neighborhood. Israel’s foreign-language Academy Award submission, the film won a special mention Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, where it played in Directors’ Fortnight.

EASIER WITH PRACTICE (USA)

Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez

A young author sets out on a book promotion road trip with his younger brother. However, a random phone call from a mysterious woman begins a funny and intimate long-distance relationship that leads the man on another path to discover not only the truth about their relationship but also about himself.

EVERYONE ELSE (ALLE ANDEREN)

(Germany)

Director: Maren Ade

A couple’s psychological and emotional ties as they are put to the test during an increasingly volatile holiday in Sardinia.

FIRST OF ALL, FELICIA (FELICIA INAINTE DE TOATE)

(Romania/France/Belgium/Croatia)

Directors: Razvan Radulescu, Melissa de Raaf

A grown daughter experiences an extremely frustrating day as she attempts to return home from a family visit in Bucharest.

FISH TANK (UK)

Director: Andrea Arnold

Winner of Cannes’ Grand Jury Prize, this explosively realistic coming-of-age tale reveals the power dynamics beneath a girl’s dangerous friendship with an older man.

I KILLED MY MOTHER (Canada)

Director: Xavier Dolan

Directed by a 20-year-old wunderkind and winner of three Cannes awards, this miraculous debut follows a teenager as he wrestles with his sexuality, his talent and his mom.

THE MESSENGER (USA)

Director: Oren Moverman

Winner of two awards at the Berlin Film Festival, this unforgettable, potent debut feature by acclaimed screenwriter Moverman follows soldiers on a tough assignment: informing the families of the dead. The cast includes Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone and Ben Foster.

THE MILK OF SORROW (LA TETA ASUSTADA)

(Spain/Peru)

Director: Claudia Llosa

Winner of Berlin’s Golden Bear, this landmark work transmutes Peru’s brutal civil war into an allegorical tale: a young woman determined to turn the fear she inherited into hope.

NORTHLESS (NORTEADO)

(Mexico)

Director: Rigoberto Perezcano

A touching drama follows a would-be migrant from Oaxaca who finds friendship at a Tijuana market as he attempts to cross the border into the United States. The film explores what is left behind when a Mexican crosses the border into El Norte.

POLICE, ADJECTIVE (Romania)

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu

Articulate and brilliantly constructed, this Cannes winner tracks a weary officer who resists busting a hash-smoking teen: Will he ruin a kid’s life because of youthful indiscretions? This drama follows the impact on a young policeman’s life after following his actions.

WOMAN WITHOUT PIANO (LA MUJER SIN PIANO)

(Spain/France)

Director: Javier Rebello

The second feature from one of Spain’s most exciting talents follows the nocturnal adventures of a homemaker in Madrid as she attempts to escape her mundane family life only to wind up caring for an escaped Polish immigrant.

Free tickets are available beginning October 16 to all Festival screenings at AFI.com/AFI FEST, at the Mann Chinese 6 Theatre (6925 Hollywood Blvd.) beginning October 26, or on the day of scheduled screenings via Rush Lines. Priority seating to all screenings can be secured by becoming a patron of the Festival and purchasing an AFI FEST Patron Pass. For more details, visit AFI.com.

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