Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ to close AFI Fest

Historical drama's world preem set for Nov. 8

The American Film Institute has tapped Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” as the closing night film for its AFI Fest on Nov. 8 at the Chinese Theater.

The screening will be the world premiere of the pic, which Disney will open in limited release the following day, then expand on Nov. 16.

Daniel Day-Lewis stars in the title role in “Lincoln,” which is from DreamWorks Pictures and Fox in association with Participant Media. Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader and Jared Harris also star.

“Steven Spielberg is an American master, enriching the cultural legacy of our nation with each new film in his extraordinary career,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO. “We are honored he has chosen AFI Fest for the world premiere of ‘Lincoln,’ an historic cinematic event in itself as it brings the most dramatic American history to life for new generations.”

Spielberg was the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1995 and has eight films on AFI’s “100 Years…100 Movies” list.

AFI Fest will take place Nov. 1-8 in Hollywood at the Chinese, the Egyptian Theater and the Hollywood Roosevelt.

Screenplay is by Tony Kushner based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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