GUEST ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DAVID LYNCH ANNOUNCES FILMS PLAYING SPECIAL SIDEBAR PROGRAM AT AFI FEST 2010

Filmmaker David Lynch, Guest Artistic Director of AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi, has selected Bergman’s “Hour of the Wolf,” Kubrick’s “Lolita,” Tati’s “Mon Oncle,” Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” and Wilder’s “Sunset Blvd” to screen at the festival as part of a special sidebar program. From the official press release:

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi announced today the five feature films selected by its first-ever Guest Artistic Director, David Lynch, for his special sidebar program at the festival. As part of the program, the festival will screen Lynch’s first feature film, ERASERHEAD, which was made while Lynch was a Fellow at AFI’s Center For Advanced Film Studies, now known as the AFI Conservatory. Lynch graduated from AFI in 1970.

Lynch’s selections are: HOUR OF THE WOLF (DIR Ingmar Bergman), LOLITA (DIR Stanley Kubrick), MON ONCLE (DIR Jacques Tati), REAR WINDOW (DIR Alfred Hitchcock) and SUNSET BLVD (DIR Billy Wilder).

“I picked these particular films because they are the ones that have inspired me most. I think each is a masterpiece,” said Lynch. “If people have already seen them, they are certainly worth being seen again. And if people haven’t seen them, here is an opportunity to see what I consider cinema at its best.”

Lynch, who is noted for such films as ERASERHEAD, THE ELEPHANT MAN, BLUE VELVET, MULHOLLAND DRIVE and INLAND EMPIRE as well as the TV series, TWIN PEAKS, will attend the festival on Saturday, November 6 to present the double-bill of ERASERHEAD and SUNSET BLVD. Beginning today, the public is invited to tweet questions for Lynch to address at the double-bill presentation. Questions should be sent to the AFI FEST Twitter account (@AFIFEST). Lynch has prepared special video introductions for the remaining three films.

As Guest Artistic Director, Lynch has created artwork that serves as the official image of the 24th annual festival. Starting today through November 11 (while supplies last), those who purchase an AFI Membership, AFI FEST Patron Package or AFI FEST pass will receive a limited-edition commemorative poster of David Lynch’s festival artwork.

Lynch’s festival art, along with exclusive video content, is featured on the AFI FEST iPhone app, available for download at the iTunes store starting today.

This year’s AFI FEST celebrates a number of AFI Conservatory alumni, including David Lynch, the festival’s Guest Artistic Director; director Edward Zwick and the creative ensemble of LOVE & OTHER DRUGS (World Premiere Opening Night Gala); and director Darren Aronofsky and the creative ensemble of BLACK SWAN (Closing Night Gala).

Free tickets to AFI FEST will be available to AFI members on October 27 at noon and to the general public on October 28 at noon. This year, festival-goers will be able to get last-minute tickets at AFI.com/AFIFEST the day before the screening or at the festival box office the day of the screening. Rush Lines for screenings will begin forming one hour before the scheduled screening start times.

Becoming a patron of the festival and purchasing a Patron Package or one of the other festival passes ­– including the New Auteurs Pass, the Special Screening Pass and the Gala Pass – secures reserved seats and other festival benefits. Additional information is available at AFI.com/AFIFEST, 1.888.AFI FEST and on-site at the AFI FEST box office at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi will take place in Hollywood, California at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel from November 4-11, 2010.




Posted on October 27, 2010 in Festivals by
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