The American Film Institute has added a trio of awards season contenders as centerpiece galas for next month’s AFI Fest — “Call Me by Your Name,” James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” and Christian Bale’s “Hostiles.”
The AFI Fest will also hold a tribute to documentary filmmaker Errol Morris and a screening of “Wormwood” on Nov. 11 at the Egyptian Theatre. The festival opens on Nov. 9 with “Mudbound” and closes on Nov. 16 with the world premiere of “All the Money in the World.” All the galas will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
“Call Me by Your Name” will screen on Nov. 10. The film, directed by Luca Guadagnino from a James Ivory adaptation of André Aciman’s novel, is a coming-of-age story centered on a 17-year-old who spends the summer holidays at a villa with his parents. The movie, which debuted at Sundance, stars Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Sony Pictures Classics opens the drama on Nov. 24.
“The Disaster Artist” will be shown on Nov. 12. Franco directed and starred as Tommy Wiseau, the filmmaker behind “The Room.” “The Disaster Artist” screened last month at the Toronto Film Festival and will debut on Dec. 1 through A24 and New Line Cinema.
“Hostiles,” which premiered at Toronto, will be showcased on Nov. 14. The film, set in 1892, stars Bale as a captain who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back home to tribal lands. Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures landed U.S. distribution rights to “Hostiles,” and plans an awards-season release in December before expanding to a wide release in January.