‘The Artist,’ ‘Shame,’ ‘Melancholia’ Coming to AFI Fest

Festival galas and special screenings will also include Polanski’s “Carnage” and Michelle Williams showcase “My Week With Marilyn”

The silent film "The Artist" (below), Roman Polanski's "Carnage," the sexually charged "Shame" and the Michelle Williams vehicle "My Week With Marilyn" will be among the centerpiece galas at the AFI Fest 2011 in Hollywood, festival organizers announced Tuesday.

Other galas will include Luc Besson's "The Lady" and an evening with Pedro Almodovar that will feature a screening of his 1987 film "Law of Desire."

The ArtistAFI Fest, which runs from Nov. 3-10 in Hollywood, also announced 11 special screenings.

Those include Jim Field Smith's comedy "Butter," Ralph Fiennes' Shakespeare adaptation "Coriolanus," Mark Pellington's "I Melt With You," the Duplass brothers' "Jeff, Who Lives at Home," the Dardenne brothers' "The Kid With a Bike," Gerardo Naranjo's Mexican Oscar entry "Miss Bala," Oren Moverman's "Rampart," Lynne Ramsay's "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and the always-controversial Lars von Trier's "Melancholia."

The festival will also present special screenings of a pair of documentaries from German auteurs, Wim Wenders' 3D dance doc "Pina" and Werner Herzog's death-row film "Into the Abyss."

Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" was previously announced as the festival's opening-night gala on November 3.

It also previously announced the slate in its "Young Americans" and "New Auteurs" programs. The former includes Sophia Takal's "Green," Bill Morrison's "Spark of Being" and Tristan Patterson's documentary "Dragonslayer," while the latter includes Oscar foreign-language entries from Greece ("Attenberg") and Belgium ("Bullhead").

For more information on the lineup is available at the festival website.

AFI Fest 2011, which is presented by Audi, will offer free tickets to all screenings after selling Patrol Passes and Special Screenings Passes. These tickets will become available to the general public on October 27, after a 24-hour window in which AFI members can obtain tickets.

The galas and special screenings schedule:


"J. Edgar," Clint Eastwood
Thursday, November 3, 7:00 p.m., The Chinese Theater

"The Lady," Luc Besson
Friday, November 4, 7:00 p.m., The Chinese Theater

"Carnage," Roman Polanski
Saturday, November 5, 7:00 p.m., The Chinese Theater

"My Week With Marilyn," Simon Curtis
Sunday, November 6, 6:00 p.m., The Chinese Theater

"Law of Desire" – an Evening with Pedro Almodovar
Monday, November 7, 7:00 p.m., The Chinese Theater

"The Artist," Michel Hazanavicius
Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., The Chinese Theater

"Shame," Steve McQueen
Wednesday, November 9, 7:30, The Chinese Theater


"Miss Bala," Gerardo Naranjo
Friday, November 4, 8:30 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian

"Pina," Wim Wenders
Saturday, November 5, 7:45 p.m., Chinese 1 and Monday, November 7, 4:00 p.m., Chinese 1

"Rampart," Oren Moverman
Saturday, November 5, 10:00 p.m., The Chinese Theater

"Into the Abyss," Werner Herzog
Sunday, November 6, 5:30, Rigler Theater, Egyptian, and Monday, November 7, 1:15, Chinese 3

"Butter," Jim Field Smith
Sunday, November 6, 6:30, Chinese 1

"Melancholia," Lars von Trier
Sunday, November 6, 8:30 p.m., Rigler Theater, Egyptian, and Tuesday, November 8, 3:15 p.m., Chinese 3

"Coriolanus," Ralph Fiennes
Monday, November 7, 7:30, Chinese 1 and Tuesday, November 8, 1:30, Rigler Theatre, Egyptian

"I Melt With You," Mark Pellington
Monday, November 7, 8:00 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian and Wednesday, November 9, 1:45 p.m., Chinese 1

"Jeff, Who Lives at Home," Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass
Tuesday, November 8, 7:00 p.m., Chinese 1, and Wednesday, November 9, 2:00 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian

"The Kid With a Bike," Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
Tuesday, November 8, 8:00 p.m., Rigler Theatre, Egyptian and Thursday, November 10, 11:00 a.m., Chinese 1

"We Need to Talk About Kevin," Lynne Ramsay
Wednesday, November 9, 8:00 p.m., Chinese 1 and Thursday, November 10, 4:00 p.m., Chinese