AFI FEST 2005 (November 3-13) has announced WALK THE LINE as the Opening Night Gala presentation. Directed by James Mangold (HEAVY; GIRL, INTERRUPTED), WALK THE LINE explores the early years of legendary rocker Johnny Cash and stars Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash, with Reese Witherspoon co-starring as June Carter.
Developed over seven years with the cooperation of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, WALK THE LINE tells the true story of Cash’s meteoric rise to fame when rock and roll exploded from a tiny studio in Memphis, Tennessee, to his emergence as the “Man in Black” at his historic concert at Folsom Prison. The film also focuses on one of rock and roll’s greatest love stories, Cash’s passionate relationship with Carter and how this love saved him from destruction. The film is produced by Cathy Konrad and James Keach, based on a script written by Mangold and AFI Conservatory alumnus/faculty member Gill Dennis.

WALK THE LINE will open AFI FEST 2005 on Thursday, November 3, 2005, at ArcLight Hollywood’s Cinerama Dome.

AFI FEST 2005 has also announced 16 feature-length World Premieres (10 narrative features and six documentary features), as well as 17 North American Premieres (13 narrative features and four documentary features).

The 16 World Premieres at AFI FEST 2005 are:

ADIOS MOMO (Uruguay, narrative) – directed by Leonardo Ricagni

AN AMERICAN HAUNTING (USA, narrative) – directed by Courtney Solomon

THE ART OF FLIGHT (Sudan/Egypt, documentary) – directed by Davin Anders Hutchins

BUCKLE BROTHERS (USA, documentary) – directed by Marquette Williams

DIRTY (USA, narrative) – directed by Christopher Fisher

FACTOR 8: THE ARKANSAS PRISON BLOOD SCANDAL (USA/Canada, documentary) – directed by Kelly Duda

FOUR CORNERS OF SUBURBIA (USA, narrative) – directed by Elizabeth Puccini

F**K (USA, documentary) – directed by Steve Anderson

THE GIGOLOS (UK, narrative) – directed by Richard Bracewell

THE GOODTIMESKID (USA, narrative) – directed by Azazel Jacobs

THE KID AND I (USA, narrative) – directed by Penelope SpheerisTHE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF MY VERY BEST YEARS (Bolivia, narrative) – directed by Martin Boulocq

ON THE OTHER SIDE (Mexico, narrative) – directed by Gustavo Loza

PABLO – THE POET’S LIFE (Chile/Italy/UK, documentary) – directed by Dario Baldi

THE REFUGEE ALL STARS (USA, documentary) – directed by Zach Niles and Banker White

RIPLEY UNDER GROUND (UK, narrative) – directed by Roger Spottiswoode

The 17 North American Premieres are:

ALMOST HEAVEN (Germany/Jamaica, narrative) – directed by Ed Herzog

BACK TO BOSNIA (USA, documentary) – directed by Sabina Vajraca

CINEMA, ASPIRIN AND VULTURES (Brazil, narrative) – directed by Marcelo Gomez

DARK HORSE (Denmark, narrative) – directed by Dagur Kari

HORST BUCCHOLZ…MY PAPA (Germany, documentary) – directed by Sandra Hacker and Christopher Buchholz

IN BED (Chile/Germany, narrative) – directed by Matìas Bize

INITIAL D (Hong Kong, narrative) – directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak

JOY (Israel, narrative) – directed by Julie Shles

NEXT DOOR (Norway, narrative) – directed by Pål Sletaune

PELE FOREVER (Brazil, documentary) – directed by Anibal Massaini Neto

QUEENS (Spain, narrative) – directed by Manuel Gómez Pereira

THE RED SHOES (South Korea, narrative) – directed by Kim Yong-gyun

ROSARIO TIJERAS (Columbia/Mexico, narrative) – directed by Emilio Maille

SCREAMING MASTERPIECE (Iceland, documentary) – directed by Ari Alexander Ergis

TBILISI-TBILISI (Georgia, narrative) – directed by Levan Zakareishville

WRONG SIDE UP (Czech Republic, narrative) – directed by Petr Zelenka

ZIM & CO (France, narrative) – directed by Pierre Jolivet

For more info, visit the AFIFEST website.

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