Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman” Rides High At AFI Fest

the homesmanThe American Film Institute (AFI) announced an additional Centerpiece Gala, eight Special Screenings and the Conversations for AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi. This year’s Galas include two World Premieres; the Special Screenings section includes three official Foreign Language Film Oscar submissions and the Conversations include an Indie Contender’s Roundtable and a Young Hollywood Roundtable. The Homesman, directed by and starring Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones, will be the Centerpiece Gala on Tuesday, November 11 at the Dolby Theatre. AFI FEST will take place November 6 through 13 in Hollywood, CA, at the Dolby Theatre, the TCL Chinese Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

As previously announced, the Opening Night Gala is the World Premiere of A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (DIR J.C. Chandor) on Thursday, November 6, and FOXCATCHER (DIR Bennett Miller) is the Closing Night Gala on Thursday, November 13. Previously announced Centerpiece Galas include INHERENT VICE (DIR Paul Thomas Anderson) on Saturday, November 8; the World Premiere of THE GAMBLER (DIR Rupert Wyatt) on Monday, November 10; and a special Tribute to Sophia Loren will take place on Wednesday, November 12, featuring a screening of her son Edoardo Ponti’s short film HUMAN VOICE (VOCE UMANA) in which she stars and MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE [MATRIMONIO ALL’ITALIANA] (DIR Vittorio De Sica, 1964). The full festival lineup will be unveiled later this month.

AFI FEST’s Special Screenings are CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (DIR Olivier Assayas); MERCHANTS OF DOUBT (DIR Robert Kenner); MOMMY (DIR Xavier Dolan); MR. TURNER (DIR Mike Leigh); SAINT LAURENT (DIR Bertrand Bonello); STILL ALICE (DIR Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland); TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER (DIR Nick Broomfield) and TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT) (DIR Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne). AFI FEST’s Conversations include a discussion with Michael Keaton and Edward Norton about their roles in BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) (DIR Alejandro González Iñárritu) and beyond; Roger Deakins sharing his experience about the art of cinematography and his upcoming release UNBROKEN (DIR Angelina Jolie); the Indie Contenders Roundtable featuring a panel of distinguished filmmakers who have done standout work this year in independent film presented by The Hollywood Reporter; and the Young Hollywood Roundtable with some of the year’s hottest rising stars presented by the Los Angeles Times.

Free individual tickets to AFI FEST screenings and Galas will be available to the general public online at beginning Friday, October 24. To reserve a seat at Galas guests must purchase a festival package at the Star Patron or Marquee Patron levels. AFI FEST Patron Packages and Passes include access to sold-out Galas and other high-demand films and events. AFI FEST Cinepass Express Passes include access to Special Screenings and Conversations. Passes are on sale now at, and AFI Members receive special discounts.

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