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AFI FEST 2001 ANNOUNCES LINE-UP


Ray Lawrence's Lantana.
AFI Fest 2001, headquartered at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre and running November 1 - 11, has announced its line-up of 114 films. The fest opens with Dark Blue World, a film by Jan Sverak, the acclaimed director of the Academy Award-winning Kolya. Dark Blue World centers on two Czech pilots who join the British Royal Air Force during WWII and fall in love with the same woman while stationed in Southern England.

Selected for the centerpiece screening is Lantana, a dark take on modern-day marriage set within a missing persons mystery. The Australian film is directed by Ray Lawrence and stars Anthony LaPaglia, Barbara Hershey, Geoffrey Rush, Rachel Blake and Kerry Armstrong.

Marc Forster's Monster's Ball will world premiere at the AFI Fest's closing night gala. The prison drama stars Billy Bob Thornton as a guard who falls for a death row inmate's wife, played by Halle Berry. Heath Ledger also stars in the picture.

This year's AFI Fest will present a special tribute to the Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee on Friday, November 9. A retrospective of six of his films will screen -- Sense and Sensibility; Eat Drink Man Woman; The Wedding Banquet; Pushing Hands; The Ice Storm and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

This year's AFI Fest includes 20 world premieres and 26 U.S. premieres representing 37 countries.

For the complete line-up of films, go to: www.AFIFEST.com


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