AFI Fest draws ‘Tintin’ as closer

Fest bookended by high-profile pics

The AFI Fest has put the final puzzle piece in place in this year’s lineup, announcing Monday that Steven Spielberg’s motion-capture animated film “The Adventures of Tintin” will have its North American premiere at the fest’s closing-night gala on Nov. 10.

Not only does this mean that Hollywood will get to see a film that Europe has already embraced, but it means the fest will begin and end with two of the hottest films in the awards conversation. Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” is the opening-night preem on Thursday.

“Tintin,” which got off to a healthy B.O. start in its European debut last weekend, is based on the internationally beloved characters created by Herge, and stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.

“Steven Spielberg is a national treasure,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI prexy and CEO. “He has written this nation’s cultural legacy over four decades, he inspires artists and audiences alike and he honors us all by premiering ‘Tintin’ at AFI Fest, where we celebrate the very best the world has to offer for 2011.”

The AFI Fest runs Thursday through Nov. 10 in Los Angeles.

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