AFI Fest: 'Mudbound' Set as Opening Night Screening

The Opening Night Gala is set to take place Nov. 9.

AFI Fest on Tuesday announced Dee Rees' Mudbound will open this year's festival.

Mudbound is set in the rural South during World War II and follows two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy. Carey Mulligan stars in the period drama, along with Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell and Jason Clarke.

Mudbound made a splash at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where Netflix picked it up in a mammoth $12.5 million deal.

AFI Fest's Opening Night Gala is set to take place Thursday, Nov. 9, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The fest runs through Nov. 16.