Catherine Deneuve and Laura Linney to receive tribute at 2007 AFI FEST presented by Audi: AFI International Film Festival (November 1-11)

(Laura Linnney (above photo) and Catherine Deneuve (bottom pic) will receive a Tribute during AFI FEST 2007

By Oliver Carnay

Hailed as one of the Grand Dame of French cinemas, iconic actress Catherine Deneuve will receive a tribute prior to the AFI FEST 2007 screening of “Persepolis,” her new movie where she shares her voice work (the official entry of France to the upcoming Oscar® Awards). The tribute will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2007 at the ArcLight Cinema on Sunset and Vine St.

The animated French/Iranian production “Persepolis,” directed by Mariane Satrapi and Vincent Parranoud, is a poignant story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl who comes of age during the Islamic Revolution.

Deneuve’s career in film has spanned forty years since her debut in 1957. After her breakthrough in Jacques Demy’s musical “The Umbrella of Cherbourg,” this elegant and radiant beauty graced the screen in many unforgettable performances, including Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion” (1965), Luis Bunuel’s “Belle De Jour” (1967), Francois Truffaut’s “Mississippi Mermaid” (1969) and “The Last Metro” (1980), an Academy Award® nominated turn in “Indochine” (1992), Regis Wargnier’s “East West” (1999), and Lars Von Trier’s “Dancer in the Dark” (2000).

Also receiving a tribute during the festival is Oscar® nominated actor Laura Linney on Friday, November 9, 2007. The Tribute will precedes the screening of Tamara Jenkins’ “The Savages,” an acclaimed drama focusing on a sister and brother (played by Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman) who must face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

Linney's film career began in the early 1990s with roles in “Lorenzo’s Oil” (1992) and “Dave” (1993). Following notable roles in “Primal Fear” (1996), “Absolute Power” (1997) and “The Truman Show” (1998), Linney truly came into her own with her Academy Award® nominated performance in “You Can Count on Me” (2000). Linney’s work has continued to shine in “Mystic River” (2003), her second Academy Award nominated performance in “Kinsey” (2004) and “The Squid and the Whale” (2005).

The AFI FEST 2007 presented by Audi: AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival will take place from November 1, 2007, with the Opening Night film “Lions for Lambs” with cast members Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Robert Redford, Peter Berg, Michael Pena, Derek Luke. Directed by Robert Redford.

The Centerpiece Gala (screening at the Cinerama Dome on November 5th) will be “Juno” starring Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons, Rainn Wilson, directed by Jason Reitman.

Closing Night film (November 11 at the Cinerama Dome) is “Love in the Time of Cholera” starring Javier Bardem, Benjamin Bratt, Liev Schreiber, Laura Harring, Catalina Sandino Moreno, directed by Mike Newell.

AFI FEST 2007’s overall lineup will showcase a total of 97 features (69 narrative, 28 documentary) and 51 shorts (43 narrative, 8 documentary) and 8 video art works for a total of 148 films from 37 different countries. The breakdown by section is Galas (3), Special Presentations (11), International Feature Competition (11), International Documentary Competition (12), Documentary Showcase (9), World Cinema (18), African Showcase (4), American Showcase (9), Latin Showcase (8), Dark Horizons (5), Milestones (5), International Shorts Competition (44), and Video Art on the Roof (7).

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