October 18, 2011



Los Angelenos will have a chance to get advance looks at some of this year’s Oscar candidates at the AFI Film Festival, which begins in just about 2 weeks.  Today the Festival announced the Gala and Special Screenings, which typically make up the bulk of the high-profile titles, and they include quite a few films featured at this fall’s film festivals.

The festival begins with the world premiere of Clint Eastwood’s J. EDGAR, and other Galas include THE ARTIST, Polanski’s CARNAGE, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN and SHAME, as well as Luc Besson’s THE LADY, which premiered at Toronto.  Special Screenings include, among others, Ralph Fiennes’ film of CORIOLANUS, The Duplass Brothers’ JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME, the Dardenne Brothers’ THE KID WITH A BIKE, Lars Von Trier’s MELANCHOLIA, and Wim Wenders’ documentary PINA, as well as RAMPART, BUTTER, I MELT WITH YOU and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN.  (The festival hasn’t yet announced its closing-night presentaiton.)
Veterans of the AFI Festival’s “free ticket” policy know that actually getting one of those tickets can be a chore–and sometimes the theatres are overbooked, meaning that even having a ticket is no guarantee of admission.  The Festival does, however, include a great many films worth the effort.
Check out SHOWBUZZDAILY’S STATUETTE STAKES roll of Awards contenders:
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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."