AFI Festival locks Coen, Kaufman pix

'Brother,' 'Quills' bookend event

Joel and Ethan Coen’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” will kick off this year’s American Film Institute Festival, to be held Oct. 19-26.

A tribute to filmmaker Philip Kaufman and the L.A. preem of his period pic “Quills,” which stars Kate Winslet, Geoffrey Rush, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine, will cap the fest, the AFI announced Monday.

“The Coen brothers and Philip Kaufman are artistic visionaries whose highly anticipated films will serve as bookends to the festival,” said Christian Gaines, the AFI’s new festival director.

The tribute to Kaufman, skedded for Oct. 25, will be moderated by film critic Stephen Farber. In addition, fest will highlight a selection of Kaufman’s work, including “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “The Right Stuff” and “The Unbearable Lightness of Being.”

Closing night will feature the awards ceremony and the screening of “Quills.”

Festival will unspool primarily at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater, with additional screenings at the El Capitan and Vogue theaters.

“Quills,” distributed by Fox Searchlight, bows Nov. 22 in limited release and will expand nationwide Dec. 8; Buena Vista’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” will see limited release Dec. 22 and expand Jan. 12.

AFI will announce the full fest lineup Oct. 5. For information, call (323) 520-2000.

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