AFI Fest Announces 2011 Gala Screenings

"My Week with Marilyn," "Carnage," and "The Artist" are all set to play during the festival, which runs from Nov. 3 - 10 in Hollywood.
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Michelle Williams in 'My Week With Marilyn'

Casting a spotlight on several of this season’s awards hopefuls, AFI Fest will screen Michel Hazanavicius’ silent movie The Artist, Roman Polanski’s living room drama Carnqage, Luc Besson’s biopic about pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady, Simon CurtisMy Week with Marilyn and Steve McQueen’s portrait of a sex addict, Shame, in its Centerpiece Gala slots.

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The galas also will include a program called Law of Desire: An Evening with Pedro Almodovar. The director is serving as the festival’s guest artistic director.

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The fest’s special screenings section, announced Tuesday, will include Jim Field Smith’s Butter, Ralph Fiennes' Criolanus, Mark Pellington’s I Melt with You, Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss, Jay and Mark DuplassJeff, Who Lives At Home, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s The Kid with the Bike, Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, Gerardo Naranjo’s Miss Bala, Wim WendersPina, Oren Moverman’s Rampart and Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin.

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Produced by the American Film Institute, the festival, which runs from Nov. 3 – 10 at theaters in Hollywood, opens with the previously announced world premiere of Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.