Tom Hanks’ ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ to Launch AFI Fest on Nov. 7

Tom Hanks' 'Saving Mr. Banks' Launch

'Foxcatcher' set for world premiere on Nov. 8

The North American premiere of Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Tom Hanks, will launch the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov. 7 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

“Saving Mr. Banks,” also starring Emma Thompson, centers on how Walt Disney decided to make “Mary Poppins” — which had its world premiere at the same theater in 1964 on its way to winning five Oscars, including Best Picgture.

John Lee Hancock  directed “Mr. Banks” from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith.

The American Film Institute’s film festival, now in its 27th year, also announced it will feature the world premiere of Sony Classics’ “Foxcatcher,” on Nov. 8. The psychological drama is directed by Bennett Miller and stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo,  Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller.

The festival has also tapped French filmmaker Agnes Varda as its guest artistic director.

“Our line-up of programming, from opening to closing, reflects what Hollywood is today: a broad spectrum of stories from studio and independent filmmakers, and having Agnes Varda as Guest Artistic Director was a conscious decision to recognize the global influence of an icon of the French New Wave,” said festival director Jacqueline Lyanga.

The festival had previously announced that its closing night film on Nov. 14 would by Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” starring Oscar Isaac.

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  1. Ryan Brown says:

    Mary Poppins did not win Best Picture in 1964 – that was My Fair Lady.

  2. Mirko says:

    I want to see Saving Mr Banks because there is Emma Thompson. She as great talent: P. L. Travers is an special character.

  3. Living the Geek Life says:

    I’m really looking forward to this movie. It’s such an interesting basis for a movie, and between Hanks and Emma Thompson, I think it will be fun and yet full of genuine heart. What a refreshing change after a summer (and a November) of big budget tent-poles.

  4. Lisa Guzzen says:

    LOVE the trailer for Saving Mr Banks. Cant wait to see it!

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