‘Hitchcock’ will be the opening film of AFI Fest!


When the announcements of the lineups for the New York, Telluride, Toronto, and Venice Film Festivals all excluded ‘Hitchcock’ we were led to believe that the film was a solid 2013 release. Of course, we now know that the movie is coming out this year, and it’s grabbed a slot at the AFI Fest as well. The world premiere will be on November 1st, a full 3 weeks before it hits theaters on the 23rd, prime territory for an Oscar hopeful like this. After the jump I’ll talk a bit about how AFI is shaping up, but stay tuned as we cover the festival just like we did with Los Angeles and Toronto and are currently doing with New York. Read on below for more…

Between this flick opening the festival and Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ closing it, I think it’s safe to say that AFI Fest is looking have a say in the awards race this year. Debuts have been spread out pretty evenly in 2012 so far, more so than in recent years, and AFI only furthers that trend. Between the debuts at NYFF we’re about to cover here and these AFI ones, we’ll have seen almost everything that’s a contender before we hit December, short of a few, of course. That’s something new for sure.

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