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AFI film fest announces 'Love and Other Drugs,' 'Black Swan'

September 23, 2010 | 11:12 am

Love_and_other_drugs01 "Love and Other Drugs," Edward Zwick's new film about the intoxicating power of love starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, will premiere as the opening night film of the 2010 AFI Fest. "Black Swan," Darren Aronofsky's supernatural ballet drama with Natalie Portman -- already gathering a fair share of awards buzz -- will close the event, it was announced Thursday.

The respected local festival -- part of the American Film Institute's program -- is celebrating its 24th year, and will be held in Hollywood Nov. 4-11.

Both Zwick and Aronofsky are alumni of the AFI conservatory, as is the guest artistic director of the festival this year, David Lynch.

Zwick described the festival as "a kind of coming home," while Aronofsky said he was excited his film would screen at "his favorite theater in the world," Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

In a release, festival director Jacqueline Lyanga described the opening- and closing-night films this year as movies that "tell extraordinary stories from unique and very personal points of view."

Last year, Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated "Fantastic Mr. Fox" -- which later earned an Academy Award nomination for best animated film -- opened the festival. Tom Ford's "A Single Man," which landed Colin Firth an Oscar nod for lead actor, closed the event.

Last year also marked the first time the festival offered patrons free tickets to its screenings. Earlier this year, three of the festival's top organizers quit, citing a diminished budget, according to a Times report.

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal star in "Love and Other Drugs." Credit: 20th Century Fox