The AFI fest went on the road to Grauman’s Chinese Saturday night for a gala presentation of “The Fountain.” Helmer Darren Aronofsky introduced his mystical epic, starring partner Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman, saying, “Hollywood rarely takes chances like this — so if you don’t love the film, you’ve still got to support it.”
Liev Schreiber, Corbin Bernsen, Andy Dick and Faye Dunaway were among those making the scene at afterward Republic, where giant trees echoing the pic’s Kabbalah-esque tree of life theme adorned the space.
Sunday night, Chinese auteur Zhang Yimou introduced “Curse of the Golden Flower” to closing-night auds at the Cinerama Dome. Pic’s Chow Yun-fat and Gong Li also made the trek to the fest to present the sumptuous period piece, making its world premiere outside China.
This year’s event succeeded in creating a “compact community for a communal film experience,” said AFI Fest director Christian Gaines, showing off the ArcLight’s rooftop fest headquarters, which featured a spectacular Hollywood skyline view and plenty of telescopes.
With several pavilions, including a music cafe with live performances, the rooftop was customized for events such as “Curse’s” Chinese snacks and desserts closing party.