'Parnassus' selected as Centerpiece presentation
AFI Fest has selected the Weinstein Co.’s “A Single Man” as its closing night presentation Nov. 5. The screening, which will take place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, will serve as the film’s U.S. premiere.“A Single Man” stars Colin Firth and is the directorial debut of fashion designer Tom Ford from his adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s novel. TWC will release the film Dec. 11. The festival also announced that Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” has been selected as its Centerpiece presentation, with the film making its U.S. premiere at Grauman’s Nov. 2. The pic will be released Christmas Day. Director Terry Gilliam and star Christopher Plummer are scheduled to attend the Nov. 2 screening. Plummer and Viggo Mortensen will receive tributes at Grauman’s, with Plummer’s event preceding the screening of his film “The Last Station” on Nov. 3. Mortensen’s tribute will precede the premiere of “The Road” Nov. 4. The film schedule also includes Jonathan Demme’s music documentary “Neil Young Trunk Show” as well as two features linked by art director and AFI Conservatory Distinguished Lecturer Robert Boyle. Those films are Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest,” on which Boyle served as production designer, and the world premiere of Daniel Raim’s documentary “Something’s Gonna Live,” which profiles six master art directors and cinematographers. The AFI Fest lineup includes 54 narrative features, 13 documentaries and 26 shorts.