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AFI FEST 2012: The World's Best Cinema - From 'Hitchcock' to 'Rust and Bone,' Foreign Oscar Hopefuls & AFM

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 31, 2012 at 4:23PM

While the American Film Market takes Santa Monica, the 26th annual AFI Fest brings diverse cinematic life to Hollywood Thursday night with the world premiere of "Hitchcock." The Sacha Gervasi film starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson is one of only two world premieres at the festival, and the second has technically already had a "secret screening" at the New York Film Festival: Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."
Holy Motors
Eva Mendes and Denis Lavant in 'Holy Motors'

Many other features, documentaries and shorts are pllaying AFI Fest. Check out the schedule and get yourself some tickets here.

The AFM and AFI Fest are also joining to introduce a new festival program at the market. Three films seeking international sales reps will screen at AFM on Tuesday ("Here and There" [aka "Aqui y Alla"], "Nairobi Half Life," and "Starlet"). AFM's Jonathan Wolf says: "this was a natural progression of our partnership with AFI Fest and provides these filmmakers an invaluable opportunity to screen for the world's top sales agents."

Together, AFM and AFI Fest are the only concurrent festival-market in North America. Twenty-seven of AFI Fest's films will also be represented at AFM. They are listed below.

11 AFI FEST films will screen at AFM, including ABCs OF DEATH (Magnolia Pictures); ANTIVIRAL (IFC Films/TF1 International); COME OUT AND PLAY (Cananá Films); GINGER AND ROSA (The Match Factory); JOHN DIES AT THE END (Magnolia Pictures); KON-TIKI (Media Plan PR/HanWay Films); QUARTET(HanWay Films); SIMON KILLER (IFC Films/ Fortissimo Films); and ZAYTOUN (Pathé International).
16 additional festival selections will be represented at AFM including: A ROYAL AFFAIR (Magnolia Pictures); BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (IFC Films/The Match Factory); BEYOND THE HILLS (IFC Films); CAESAR MUST DIE (Adopt Films, LLC/Rai Trade); EAT SLEEP DIE (The Yellow Affair); HERE COMES THE DEVIL (MPI Media Group); HOLY MOTORS (Indomina); IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (Kino Lorber); IN THE FOG (Strand Releasing/The Match Factory); KID (Media Luna New Films); PIETA (Finecut); TABU (Adopt Films, LLC); THE HUNT (Magnolia Pictures); THE IMPOSSIBLE (Summit Entertainment); THE MOST FUN I’VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON (Continental Media); and WAR WITCH (Tribeca Enterprises/Films Distribution).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.