Openers set for two fests

AFI: 'Lions' sprung by new UA

Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs," the first film to be released by United Artists under its new management team headed by Paula Wagner and Tom Cruise, has been selected as the opening-night film at AFI Fest 2007.

The drama, which explores issues surrounding the war in Afghanistan, will have its North American premiere when it screens Nov. 1 at the ArcLight Hollywood's Cine-rama Dome at AFI's opening-night gala presented by Audi of America.

The film, which stars Cruise along with Redford and Meryl Streep, is scheduled for release Nov. 9.

"We are incredibly proud that AFI has chosen 'Lions for Lambs' for its opening-night gala," UA CEO Wagner said. "We think it's an exciting film and an important film, and this is the perfect way to introduce it to the public."

AFI Fest, a program of the American Film Institute, runs Nov. 1-11.