'Public Enemy,' '1,000 Journals' to premiere

AFI has selected 15 films to screen at its Los Angeles Film Festival, including world premieres of documentaries “Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome” and “1,000 Journals” along with U.S. preems for “The Tracey Fragments” and “With Your Permission.”

AFI also announced Thursday that it will unspool 11 films playing the Toronto Film Festival: “4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days,” “The Band’s Visit,” “The Counterfeiters,” “Deficit,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Flight of the Red Balloon,” “Jellyfish,” “Juno,” “Persepolis,” “The Savages” and “Secret Sunshine.”

Many of the titles have already screened at other fests, such as Cannes, New York, Berlin and Beijing and some are likely to be submissions in the foreign-language Oscar race. They will be screened for L.A. auds for the first time at the AFI fest, which often serves as an awards-season platform.

The lineup “includes work from talented emerging filmmakers, alongside terrific new films from veteran creative artists such as Hou Hsiao-hsien, Julian Schnabel and Lee Chang-dong,” said AFI Fest artistic director Rose Kuo.

Festival, which runs Nov. 1-11, had previously announced that “Lions for Lambs” would be its opening-night film. It will unveil its Centerpiece screenings later this month and its entire schedule during the first week of October.

“Public Enemy” takes a look at the 20-year history of the hip-hop group and its musical, social and political impact, while “1,000 Journals” centers on the social/art project initiated in San Francisco.

“The Tracey Elements,” directed by Bruce McDonald, stars Ellen Page as a social outcast wandering the streets of Winnipeg searching for her lost younger brother. Danish entry “With Your Permission” follows the antics of an opera-obsessed cafeteria manager.

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