Angeleno movie lovers who weren't able to shell out the big bucks to fly to the Cannes or Toronto film festivals will get the chance to see some of the season's most buzzed-about movies at the upcoming AFI Fest.
A slew of films popular on this year's festival circuit will screen at the upcoming event, held Nov. 3-10 in Hollywood. Among the festival's centerpiece galas are the "The Artist," the silent black-and-white film which became a sensation at Cannes, and "Shame," the drama starring Michael Fassbender as a sex addict that was a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Other red-carpet events include Roman Polanski's "Carnage," Luc Besson's "The Lady" and the Marilyn Monroe drama "My Week With Marilyn." Pedro Almodóvar, who is the festival's guest artistic director this year, will also screen his 1987 film "Law of Desire" starring Antonio Banderas.
AFI Fest will offer special screenings of a number of other well-regarded movies that have made the festival rounds. They include Lynne Ramsey's dark drama "We Need to Talk About Kevin," Lars von Trier's "Melancholia," Mexico's foreign-language Oscar submission "Miss Bala" and the Dardenne brothers' "The Kid With A Bike," which all premiered at Cannes. Also screening are Oren Moverman's "Rampart," the Duplass brothers' "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" and Jim Field Smith's "Butter," which all played in Toronto in September.
A limited number of free tickets to most of the screenings will become available beginning Oct. 27. But if you want to guarantee a seat at the most in-demand films, you can buy a special pass at AFI.com/AFIFEST.
-- Amy Kaufman
Photo: Jean Dujardin, left, and Bérénice Bejo star in "The Artist." Credit: The Weinstein Co.