Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” Will Open The AFI Festival
The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that Disney’s movie “Saving Mr. Banks” will open the AFI film festival on November 7, 2013. Here’s a note from AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale:
The American Film Institute honors the past, the present and the future of the motion picture arts. Now in its 27th year, AFI FEST remains the place to experience Hollywood now – a place that lives in the mythology of the movies, but also the dynamic global stories of today. Our line-up of programming, from opening to closing, reflects what Hollywood is today: a broad spectrum of stories from studio and independent filmmakers, and having Agnès Varda as Guest Artistic Director was a conscious decision to recognize the global influence of an icon of the French New Wave. The blending of studio, independent, foreign and auteur films and the artists who made them is the embodiment of AFI FEST.
“Saving Mr. Banks” stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, and the movie tells the story of how the “Mary Poppins” novel was made into a movie by the Walt Disney Company.
The movie will arrive in theaters on December 20, 2013.