AFI Fest Announces Centerpiece Galas, Errol Morris Tribute

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Three of the most highly anticipated films will receive a special spotlight from the American Film Institute (AFI). AFI announced Friday that there will be three Centerpiece Galas at AFI Fest 2017, giving Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” and Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles” some extra room to shine.

The festival will also honor Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris, screening his new mini-series “Wormwood.” Morris’s oeuvre of includes “Gates of Heaven,” “The Thin Blue Line,” “A Brief History of Time,” “Tabloid,” and the “Unknown Known.” He received an Oscar for his Robert S. McNamara documentary “The Fog of War” back in 2003. Morris currently serves on the AFI DOCS Film Festival Advisory Board, and was the 2013 AFI DOCS Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree.

All three galas will feature films surrounded by Oscar buzz, which have been raking in critical acclaim at international film festivals. Guadagnino earned the People’s Choice Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival and Franco got the Golden Seashell at the San Sebastián Film Festival, while “Hostiles” has been called a “brutal, beautiful and flawed western.”

AFI Fest will run from Nov. 9-16, 2017. Tickets will be available on Nov. 1. The dates of each gala and the Errol Morris Tribute are listed below. The galas will be held thrown at the TCL Chinese Theatre, while the Errol Morris Tribute will take place at the Egyptian Theatre.

  • “Call Me By Your Name,” Friday, Nov. 10
  • Errol Morris Tribute, Saturday, Nov. 11
  • “The Disaster Artist,” Sunday, Nov. 12
  • “Hostiles,” Tuesday, Nov. 14

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