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AFI Film Fest 2005 'Walks the Line'

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The number of film festivals held in this town seems only slightly outnumbered by the number of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf outlets. But tomorrow, AFI Fest 2005 (Nov. 3-13) opens -- and in its 19th year -- this is one that shouldn't be ignored. A few of the week's highlights include:

Walk the Line: The Johnny Cash biopic, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Man in Black and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash, opens the festival at the Cinerama Dome Thursday at 7:30 PM. Gala tickets are available for $75.

The World's Fastest Indian - Based on a true story, Anthony Hopkins plays New Zealander Burt Munro, who broke the world land speed record on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967, a record which still stands to this day. The un-PC title refers to the Indian Scout motorcycle that Munro rode to history. The U.S. premiere of the film screens on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 PM at the Cinerama Dome. Tickets are $25.

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A Tribute to Johnny Depp - In addition to screenings of Edward Scissorhands, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the world premiere of Depp's The Libertine, there's a panel discussion with film critic/commentator Richard Schickel and the guest of honor himself onstage. The discussion will be held on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 PM at the ArcLight Theatre 10. Tickets are $25.