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Field expands for AFI festival lineup

60 features, 14 docus, 40 short films to be screened

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The AFI Film Festival has announced its lineup for the 2001 edition of the event, selecting 114 films from 1,768 entries. Submissions increased by 25% over 2000.

The festival will screen 60 features, 14 documentaries and 40 short films from 37 countries. Event runs Nov. 1-11 and will be headquartered at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, with screenings at theaters on Hollywood Boulevard.

In addition to a tribute to filmmaker Ang Lee, special events include screenings of Henry Jaglom’s “Festival in Cannes,” Faye Dunaway’s short film, “The Yellow Bird,” and the 1931 Barbara Stanwyck starrer “Ten Cents a Dance.”

Euro Showcase on display

Sections at the AFI Festival include competitions for international, short and documentary films. Fest will also screen features in the noncompetitive European Showcase and American Directions sections.

Special screening sections include anime, Asian New Classics and a retrospective dedicated to Ang Lee.

Event opens with the gala presentation of Jan Sverak’s “Dark Blue World” and will close with “Monster’s Ball” starring Heath Ledger and Billy Bob Thornton. The festival’s centerpiece film is “Lantana,” starring Anthony LaPaglia and Geoffrey Rush.

A complete list of the films follows:

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:

Angel Exit — US Premiere. Dark fairy tale from the outskirts of Prague, a drug-afflicted love story about the missing fifth element. (Czech Republic, 2000, 100 min. Directed by Vladimir Michalek.)

Crooked Earth — US Premiere. A contemporary Western set in New Zealand, saga charts a tribe’s struggle against encroaching civilization. (New Zealand, 2000, 113 min. Directed by Sam Pillsbury.)

Elling — US Premiere. An odd couple story of two men released from a mental institution who try to successfully navigate life on the outside. Norway’s official entry for the foreign language Academy Award®. (Norway, 2001, 89 min. Directed by Petter Naess.)

The Experiment — US Premiere. A psychological thriller in which 20 volunteers are locked up in a mock prison. (Germany, 2000, 114 min. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel.)

In the Bedroom — Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, Marisa Tomei and Nick Stahl star in a film about class, loss and getting on with your life. (USA, 2001,130 min. Directed by Todd Field.)

The New Country — US Premiere. Fifteen-year-old Somalian Ali and 40-year-old Iranian Massoud meet at a refugee camp in Southern Sweden. Witnessing a brutal deportation, they decide to take their fate into their own hands. (Sweden, 2000, 137 min. Directed by Geir Hansteen Jorgensen.)

Nine Queens — A thriller set in the world of small-time street hustling. (Argentina, 2001, 115 min., Directed by Fabián Bielinsky.)

No Man’s Land — Three soldiers trapped in a trench in “no man’s land” serve as a microcosm of the civil war that ripped Yugoslavia apart. Bosnia’s official entry for the foreign language Academy Award®. (Belgium-Bosnia-France-Italy-Slovenia-UK, 2001 98 min. Directed by Danis Tanovic.)

Pauline & Paulette — Bittersweet story about the relationship between four elderly sisters. (Belgium, 2000, 78 min. Directed by Lieven Debrauwer.)

Skies Satellites — US Premiere. Set during the war in Croatia, story about one man’s journey through a ravaged land. (Croatia, 2000, 85 min. Directed by Lukas Nola.)

Truly Human — A contemporary fable about a man in a child’s imagination who is given the chance to become human. (Denmark, 2001, 90 min. Directed by Ake Sandgren.)

Unloved — A young working woman must choose between a successful businessman and a bicycle courier. (Japan, 2001, 117 min. Directed by Kunitoshi Manda.)

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION:

ABC Africa — Out of Competition. Pic captures the plight of thousands of children whose parents have died of AIDS. (Iran, 2001, 85 min. Directed by Abbas Kiarostami.)

The Angry Eye — White college students are forced to experience racist treatment. (USA, 2001, 51 min. Directed by Susan A. Golenbock.) Preceded by the short KANAKE (USA, 2001, 15 min. Directed by Mevlut Akkaya.)

Children Underground — Story of the many abandoned children who live below the streets of Bucharest, Romania. (USA-Romania, 2001, 105 min. Directed by Edet Belzberg.)

Dear Fidel – Marita’s Dogtown & Z-BoysStory — The story of Fidel Castro’s young German lover, Marita Lorenz, and her return to Cuba to try to rekindle their love. (Germany, 2000, 92 min., Directed by Wilfried Huismann.)

Dogtown & Z-Boys — Story of skateboarding’s roots in a group of eight teenagers from Venice Beach, known as the Z-Boys. Narrated by Sean Penn. (USA, 2001, 91 min. Directed by Stacy Peralta.)

Fight to the Max — World Premiere. Incarcerated boxers fight in the Louisiana Prison Boxing Championships. (USA, 2001, 81 min. Directed by Simeon Soffer.)

Okie Noodling — Oklahoma men who catch 60-pound catfish with their bare hands. (USA, 2001, 56 min. Directed by Bradley Beesley.)

Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story — Chronicle of the life of Warhol’s Chelsea Girl, Brigid Berlin. (USA, 2000 75 min. Directed by Vincent Fremont and Shelly Dunn Fremont.)

Plaster Caster — Portrait of legendary artist and groupie, Cynthia Plaster Caster, famous for plaster casting the penises of rock stars. (USA, 2001, 103 min. Directed by Jessica Villines.)

Promises — Seven Palestinian and Israeli children from Jerusalem offer insight into issues at the heart of the Middle East conflict. (USA, 2001, 106 min. Directed by Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg and Carlos Bolado.)

A Sad Flower In The Sand — A tour of Los Angeles as seen through John Fante’s book “Ask the Dust.” (The Netherlands, 2001, 63 min. Directed by Jan Louter.)

Tribute — World Premiere. The struggles of tribute bands and their fans in their quest to live their dreams. (USA, 2001, 90 min. Directed by Kris Curry and Rich Fox.)

SHORTS COMPETITION:

Program 1, URBAN/SUBURBAN, 98 min.

Delusions In Modern Primitivism (USA)

Director: Daniel Loflin

Mean People Suck (USA)

Director: Matthew Cole Weiss

Velocity Rules (USA)

Director: Patty Jenkins

Chaperone (USA)

Director: Victor Buhler

Whoa (USA)

Director: Maurice Dwyer

Copy Shop (AUSTRIA)

Director: Virgil Widrich

Passengers (USA)

Director: J.T. Walker

The Parlor (USA)

Director: Geoffrey Haley

Program 2, LUCK AND LOVE IN LATIN LIFE, 84 min.

Wedding Night (Noche De Bodas) (MEXICO)

Director: Carlos Cuaron

Bamboleho (SPAIN)

Director: Luis Prieto

ROGELIO (MEXICO)

Director: Guillermo Arriaga

Cake (BOLO) (BRAZIL)

Director: Luisa Dantas

Salad days (DESALIÑADA) (SPAIN)

Director: Gustavo Salmeron

Peter rabbit & the crucifix (USA)

Director: Anthony Dominici

Mr. X (SEÑOR X) (MEXICO)

Director: Valentina Leduc

Palindrome (BRAZIL)

Director: Philippe Barcinsky

Program 3, DEADLY SHORTS, 85 min.

Bullet in the Brain (USA)

Director: David Von Ancken

It’s a Shame About Ray (USA)

Director: Ajay Sahgal

American Wet Dream (USA)

Director: Daniel Roemer

Another Blue Day (DENMARK)

Director: Anne Heeno

Program 4, That’s Amoré!, 91 min.

Big Love (USA)

Director: Leif Tilden

Falling for Art (GERMANY)

Director: Lancelot von Naso

Birds of a Feather (GERMANY)

Director: Kathrin Nowak

Ed (USA)

Director: Justin Chinn

Sweet (UK)

Director: Rob Mercer

Hitched (GERMANY)

Director: Kathrin Feistl

Hairballs (USA)

Director: Mr. Lawrence

Sweet Life (USA)

Director: Tom Keegan

EUROPEAN SHOWCASE:

Berlin is in Germany — US Premiere. In the year 2000, Martin Schultz is released from the Brandenburg Penitentiary. After an 11-year sentence, Martin has difficulty finding his place in newly unified Berlin. (Germany, 2001, 93 min. Directed by Hannes Stohr.)

Borstal Boy — A 16-year-old Irishman is imprisoned at a reform school in England. There he has to face the political enemy and his own inner conflicts, forcing a self-examination that is both traumatic and revealing. (Ireland, 2000, 91 min. Directed by Peter Sheridan.)

Felix and Lola — US Premiere. A bumper car ride love story starring Charlotte Gainsbourg. (France, 2001, 89 min., Directed by Patrice Leconte.)

The Icelandic Dream — US Premiere. One of Iceland’s biggest box-office grossing films this year, pic centers on a young businessman coping with a mid-life crisis 15 years too early. (Iceland, 2000, 92 min. Directed by Ròbert I. Douglas.)

Italian for Beginners — Tale of six lost souls searching for love while learning to speak Italian. (Denmark, 2000, 118 min. Directed by Lone Scherfig.)

Late Night Shopping — Four friends enjoy each other’s company at the same café every night, where they deal with the trials and tribulations of their lives. (Scotland, 2000, 88 min. Directed by Saul Metzstein.)

Little Senegal — A 65-year-old tourist guide at the Slave Museum in Senegal decides to go to America in search of his ancestors. (France-Algeria-The Netherlands, 2000, 97 min. Directed by Rachid Bouchareb.)

Mortal Transfer — After falling asleep during a session with a patient, a psychoanalyst wakes up to the murdered patient’s body on his couch. (France, 2000, 122 min. Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix.)

A Song for Martin — Love story about a film composer’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. (Denmark-Germany-Sweden, 2000, 119 min. Directed by Bille August.)

The Tunnel — Shortly after East Berlin is cut off from the West, four men turn a daring plan into reality. (Germany, 2001, 157 min. Directed by Roland Suso Richter.)

AMERICAN DIRECTIONS:

According To Spencer — World Premiere, After ten years apart, a young man (Jesse Bradford) is determined to win the love of his childhood sweetheart (Mia Kirschner) away from her current boyfriend (Brad Rowe). (USA, 2001, 94 min. Directed by Shane Edelman.)

Dirt Boy — A young visitor to a remote fishing town uncovers a murderous scandal which threatens to implicate the author of a best-selling book. (USA, 2001, 88 min. Directed by Jay Frasco.)

Jails, Hospitals, Hip-Hop — A tour-de-force by performance artist Danny Hoch, who creates nine characters representing underground society. (USA, 2001, 89 min. Directed by Mark Benjamin and Daniel Hoch.)

Lift — Film about a professional shoplifter desperately in search of the best comfort money can buy. (USA, 2001, 89 min. Directed by DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter.)

The Medicine Show — A romantic traumedy about two irreverent souls (Jonathan Silverman, Natasha Gregson Wagner) who find each other on the cancer ward. (USA, 2001, 100 min., Directed by Wendell Morris.)

On Edge — Explores the wacky world of women’s figure skating. Cast includes Jason Alexander, Kathy Griffin, Scott Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi. (USA, 2001, 93 min. Directed by Karl Slovin.)

The Search for John Gissing — World Premiere. The lives of an American businessman (Mike Binder) and his wife (Janeane Garofalo) are turned upside-down by the Englishman (Alan Rickman) who he has unknowingly come to London to replace. (UK-USA, 2001, 91 min. Directed by Mike Binder.)

Zoe — Three runaway girls hijack the car of a lost Englishwoman and begin the adventure of a lifetime. (USA, 2000, 92 min. Directed by Deborah Attoinese.)

ANIME SPECIAL EVENT

Ah! My Goddess — A rogue deity attempts to trigger Ragnarok, the end of the world, to eliminate pain and suffering even if the price will be the loss of all love and happiness. Can an ordinary mortal save the world? (Japan, 2000, 110 min., Directed by Hiroaki Gohda.)

Escaflowne The Movie: A Girl In Gaia World Premiere — Hitomi Kanzaki, an ordinary high school student, wishes that she could just disappear into thin air and is granted this wish. Thrust into a strange new world called Gaia, Hitomi is caught in a struggle for power over a legendary dragon armor called Escaflowne and a magical adventure ensues. (Japan, 2000, 95 min., Directed by Shoji Kawamori.).

PRESERVATION SPOTLIGHT:

Ten Cents a Dance describes the lives of dime-a-dance girls in which Crawford plays the prettiest and most popular woman at the “Palais de Dance,” a dance hall in New York City. She is fancied by a millionaire (Ricardo Cortez) who lavishes her with money and gifts. She, however, prefers a ne’er-do-well boyfriend (Monroe Owsley) and passes the money on to him. When her boyfriend gets in bad trouble, Crawford goes to the millionaire for help.

ASIAN NEW CLASSICS

Friend (Korea) directed by Kwak Kyung Taek

Joint Security Area (Korea) directed by Park Chan Wook

Millennium Mambo (Taiwan) directed by Hou Hsiao Hsien

What time is it there? (Taiwan) directed by Tsai Ming Liang

Pulse (Japan) directed by Kurosawa Kiyoshi

Visible Secret (Hong Kong) directed by Ann Hui

Baran (Iran) directed by Majid Majidi.

Maya (India) directed by Digvijay Singh

ANG LEE RETROSPECTIVE

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The Ice Storm

Sense And Sensibility

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