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

'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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