Contenders Lining Up at the AFI Fest Gate
Surveying the year's best, from Hitchcock to Lincoln, the festival serves as a tasty awards-season sampler.
When Fox Searchlight offered Jacqueline Lyanga, director of AFI Fest, a chance to present the world premiere of Hitchcock as the opening-night film when the festival kicks off at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 1, she jumped at the opportunity. Sacha Gervasi's movie about the famous director and his wife, Alma -- played by the blue-chip team of Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren -- re-creates the making of Psycho. "It looks at Hitchcock's creative process," says Lyanga. "It's very much about his collaboration with his wife, who helped him develop and edit Pyscho. Thematically, a film about the filmmaking process is a great way to open the festival."
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