Quintet of pics skedded for centerpiece galas

The AFI Film Festival has skedded an ensemble tribute to “The King’s Speech,” with director Tom Hooper and stars Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush attending. The fest is also skedding “Abel,” “Barney’s Version,” “Blue Valentine,” “Casino Jack” and “The Company Men” as its centerpiece gala screenings.

Fest will host the U.S. premieres of John Sayles’ “Amigo,” Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” in 3D, Nigel Cole’s “Made in Dagenham” and John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole.”

Films join previously announced opener “Love and Other Drugs” and closing night pic “Black Swan.”

AFI Fest runs Nov. 4-11 at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Mann Chinese 6 theaters, the Egyptian Theater and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. David Lynch is the fest’s first guest artistic director.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences considers AFI a qualifying fest for the short films category. While tickets to this year’s films are free, filmgoers may purchase gala, patron and special screenings passes for guaranteed access. Fest is the market partner of the American Film Market, which runs Nov. 3-10 in Santa Monica.

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