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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.

Transamerica - In a departure from Desperate Housewives, Felicity Huffman stars as a transexual saving money for gender reassignment surgery who must make peace with her son and her past. The film screens on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 PM at the ArcLight Theatre 10. Tickets are $11.

Times Talks - The New York Times takes over Hollywood with three discussions on film, including a conversation with filmmaker and actor, George Clooney. The Times Talks series will be held on Nov. 12 at the ArcLight Theatre 10, and tickets are $25 for each session.

Casanova - Closing out the festival is director Lasse Hallström's (My Life as a Dog, Chocolat, The Cider House Rules) North American Premiere of Casanova. Billed as "a sharp, sophisticated comedy that gives the legend of Casanova a contemporary edge and a new twist," the film stars Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Lena Olin and Oliver Platt. The film sceens on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 PM at the Cinerama Dome. Tickets are $75.

For a complete film listing or to purchase tickets or Fest passes, please visit the AFI Fest website or call 1.866.AFI.FEST (866.234.3378). Some screenings are only available at the door only: a Walk-up Box Office has been set up at the AFI Fest Village on the 7th Floor of the ArcLight Cinemas Parking Structure.

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