‘Brothers Bloom’ to open Dallas fest

'Hurt Locker' will also screen at AFI event

The AFI Dallas Film Festival has set Rian Johnson’s “The Brothers Bloom,” starring Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Weisz and Rinko Kikuchi, as its opening-night feature on March 26.

Fest’s centerpiece presentations are “The Hurt Locker,” directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Ralph Fiennes, Evangeline Lilly, David Morse and Guy Pearce, and “The Burning Plain,” directed by Guillermo Arriaga and starring Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger.

The eight-day festival is in its third year.

Event’s Dallas Star Award will go to Bigelow, Brody and Robert Towne. Rita Hayworth will be honored posthumously. Hayworth’s award will be presented to her daughter, Princess Yasmine Aga Khan, prior to a screening of “Gilda,” while Towne will be feted at a presentation for the 35th anniversary of “Chinatown.”

The festival’s also celebrating director Henry Selick with the Texas Avery Animation Award, which honors lifetime achievement in animation.

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