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AFI Fest announces lineup, kudos

Boyle to be honored after 'Slumdog' screening

AFI Fest 2008 has announced its full lineup, with honors going to actress Tilda Swinton and helmer Danny Boyle. Boyle will be feted after a screening of his latest film, “Slumdog Millionaire,” while Swinton gets a career achievement honor.

The 22nd edition of the fest will open with the world preem of Joe Wright’s “The Soloist” and close with Edward Zwick’s “Defiance.” In between is a decidedly international selection of fest faves with few world premieres.

“This year’s selection of international films shows a commitment to cinematic innovation and a renewal of a tradition of realism in cinema,” artistic director Rose Kuo said.

In line with that trend, the World Cinema section includes a number of pics with stark themes including Cannes winner “The Class,” about the French school system; Matteo Garrone’s Italian crime pic “Gomorrah”; and Steve McQueen’s “Hunger,” which dramatizes IRA member Bobby Sands’ prison hunger strike.

The narrative competition will see Alejandro Tocar’s coming-of-ager “Acne,” Yemil Sefani’s family drama “Lake Tahoe” and one of the few world preems in Rafael Monserrate’s comedy “Poundcake.”

The docu competish has Kief Davidson’s boxing doc “Kassim the Dream” and Alexandra Westmeier’s “Alone in Four Walls,” about the Russian juvie system.

Helmer Michael Almereyda will preem his experimental pic “Paradise” in the Alt Film program, while the Homage to XStream program will unspool Jia Zhangke’s “24 City” and Yu Lik-wai’s “Plastic City.”

Getting special screening slots are Paul Schrader’s “Adam Resurrected,” Rian Johnson’s “The Brothers Bloom” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Wendy and Lucy,” starring Michelle Williams.

AFI Fest 2008 runs Nov. 5-12.

GALAS
“The Soloist” (world premiere)
“Che
“The Wrestler”
“Defiance” (world premiere)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
“Adam Resurrected”
“The Brothers Bloom”
“A Christmas Tale”
“Hot Dog”
“Idiots And Angels”
“Not Quite Hollywood”
“Sugar”
“Tokyo!”
“Two Lovers”
“Wendy And Lucy”

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
“Food Fight”
“Truth In 24”
“The World We Want”

WORLD CINEMA
“Achilles And The Tortoise”
“Afterschool”
“Birdsong”
“The Chaser”
“The Class”
“Divizionz”
“Everlasting Moments”
“Finally, Lillian And Dan”
“Gomorrah”
“A Good Day To Be Black & Sexy”
“The Good The Bad And The Weird”
“Hunger”
“I’m Gonna Explode”
“Kisses”
“A Necessary”
“O’Horten”
“A Quiet Little Marriage”
“Revanche”
“Skin”
“Summer Hours”
“Three Blind Mice”
“Two-Legged Horse”
“Visioneeers”
“Waiting For Sancho”
“Waltz With Bashir”
“Wellness”
“World’s Apart” ARGENTINE SHOWCASE
“Blood Appears” (La Sangre Brota)
“Headless Woman” (La Mujer Sin Cabeza)
“Imaginadores”
“La Vie Des Morts”
“Lion’s Den” (Leonera)
“Liverpool”
“Rabia” (La Rabia)

HOMAGE TO XSTREAM
“24 City”
“Perfect Life” (Wammei Shenhuo)
“Plastic City” (Dangkou)

KAZAKHSTAN SHOWCASE
“Chouga”
“Native Dancer”
“Tulpan”

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE COMPETITION
“3 Women”
“Acne”
“Better Things”
“The Desert Within”
“The Higher Force”
“Involuntary”
“Lake Tahoe”
“Niloofar”
“Nirvana”
“Poundcake”
“Proper Eyes”
“The Rest Of The Night”

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
“Alone In Four Walls”
“Imaginadores”
“Intimacies of Shakespeare and Victor Hugo”
“Kassim The Dream”
“The Last Days Of Shishmaref”
“Pindorama – The True Story Of The Seven Dwarves”
“Until The Light Takes Us”

DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE
“Agile, Mobile, Hostile: A Year With Gogol Bordello Non-Stop”
“Hi My Name Is Ryan”
“Of All The Things”
“Playing Columbine”
“Prodigal Sons”
“Witch Hunt”

ALT—CINEMA
“Before The Fall”
“Deadgirl”
“Gachi Boy Wrestling With A Memory”
“The Juche Idea”
“Paradise”
“Still Orangutans”
“Time Crimes”

MILESTONES
“The Hustler” (1961) (Paul Newman Milestone)
“Major Dundee” (1965) (Charlton Heston Milestone)
“Ned Kelly” (2003) (Heath Ledger Milestone)
“Routine Pleasures” (1986) (Manny Farber Milestone)
“The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999) (Anthony Minghella Milestone)
“They Shoot Horses Don’t They” (1969) (Sydney Pollack Milestone)

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