Ambassador to AFI

HOLLYWOOD For the Nov. 1 opening night of the 20th AFI Fest, AFI aligned itself with L.A.’s past by presenting “Bobby,” the Emilio Estevez pic based on events at the Ambassador Hotel the night of Robert Kennedy’s assassination.

“It’s a perfect movie for this festival because it’s about a moment in Los Angeles that changed world history,” said AFI director Jean Picker Firstenberg.

Producer Holly Wiersma said the tie-in fit because “Los Angeles is a character in this movie. It’s as integral as the cast.”

The Weinstein Co. topper Harvey Weinstein said after the film played in Venice and Toronto they’d thrown “15 offers from other festivals in the wastebasket” in order to play AFI next.

Weinstein said he has a personal interest in the film’s politics and “you have to revisit the past to change the future.”

Pic had gotten a late start (a ticketing mishmash left a 100- yard line of black-tie guests stretching down Hollywood Boulevard), but this didn’t seem to affect the crowd that stayed at the Audi-sponsored Hollywood Roosevelt after-party until the wee hours.

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