Deneuve, Linney tributes in AFI festival's spotlight

'Lions,' 'Juno,' 'Cholera' in lineup

Catherine Deneuve and Laura Linney will be honored as part of this year's AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, which features more than 100 films from around the world.

Linney's tribute will take place Nov. 9 preceding a screening of her upcoming film "The Savages," in which she stars opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Deneuve will be honored Nov. 10 following the screening of the animated French-Iranian film "Persepolis," in which she have a voice role.

"From both sides of the Atlantic, Catherine Deneuve and Laura Linney have each made extraordinary contributions to international cinema," festival director Christian Gaines said. "Each embody through the complexity and nuance of their extraordinary individual talents the raw promise of a fine performance."

Both tributes will be held at the ArcLight Hollywood, where the festival, in its 21st year, will feature international film competitions and gala premieres from Nov. 1-11.

The festival's opening-night gala features Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs," the centerpiece gala is Jason Reitman's "Juno," and the closing-night gala will be New Line's "Love in the Time of Cholera."

Recurring themes in this year's films, which also will screen at the nearby Linwood Dunn Theater, include political issues, women's roles, immigration and family connection.

Other titles in this year's lineup are "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and the documentaries "Mr. Warmth," featuring Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood, and "Southland Tales." "With Your Permission" is included in the international feature competition.

Other films include "Operation Filmmaker," featuring Liev Schreiber; "Irina Palm"; and "Expired," starring Samantha Morton and Jason Patric.
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