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AFI Shapes Up: A Single Man Is Fest Closer

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 14, 2009 at 12:50PM

The 23rd AFI Film Festival, which this year takes place from October 30 through November 7--is closing the fest with the Toronto hit A Single Man, starring Colin Firth, who will likely land an Oscar nod for his performance as a grieving man whose lover dies in a car crash. The full AFI story is here.
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Thompson on Hollywood

The 23rd AFI Film Festival, which this year takes place from October 30 through November 7--is closing the fest with the Toronto hit A Single Man, starring Colin Firth, who will likely land an Oscar nod for his performance as a grieving man whose lover dies in a car crash. The full AFI story is here.

Another new announcement is centerpiece selection The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, starring the late Heath Ledger and veteran actor Christopher Plummmer, who will attend an AFI tribute. (I will finally see this movie!) Plummer's The Last Station is also showing, which I liked in Telluride. The fest will also mount a tribute for Viggo Mortensen, star of The Road, who was also honored at Telluride. I want to see Everybody's Fine, a remake of the Giuseppe Tornatore comedy, along with Israeli Oscar submission Ajami. I'm curious to see Wes Anderson's controversial stop-motion feature The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which is debuting at the London Film Fest before AFI.

For the first time, sponsor Audi is offering free tickets to all screenings. The fest will start out at Mann's Chinese in Hollywood and move to Santa Monica for screenings during the American Film Market November 4th though 11th.

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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.