‘Legend’ to kick off AFF; Singleton, Cooper set for honors

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London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an amazing double performance. "Legend" is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.
London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an amazing double performance. "Legend" is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.

London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, are portrayed by Tom Hardy in “Legend,” which will open the Austin Film Festival. (Universal Pictures)

The Austin Film Festival announced its full lineup Wednesday for the 22nd annual event that starts Oct. 29, with more than 20 world and North American premieres.

New movies in the lineup include the opening-night film “Legend,” starring Tom Hardy in a dual role as English gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, and “Burning Bodhi,” a world premiere starring Andy Buckley, Kaley Cuoco, Landon Liboiron and Eli Vargas.

Director John Singleton will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award at the Austin Film Festival. (Laura Noel/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Director John Singleton will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award at the Austin Film Festival. (Laura Noel/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The festival also said that director John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”) will accept the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award and that Chris Cooper (“American Beauty”) will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Acting Award at the annual luncheon set for Oct. 31. They join previously announced honorees Norman Lear, for Outstanding Television Writer, and Brian Helgeland, the screenwriter of “Legend” as well as “Mystic River” and “L.A. Confidential,” who’ll get the Distinguished Screenwriter Award.

During the festival, Singleton will present a retrospective screening of “Boyz n the Hood,” for which he received Oscar nominations for best director and screenplay in 1991.

Other high-profile titles that’ll screen at the festival include: “Go With Me,” with actress Julia Stiles and director Daniel Alfredson in attendance; “Miss You Already,” directed by University of Texas graduate Catherine Hardwicke; “Last Days in the Desert,” a starring Ewan McGregor as Jesus, with writer/director Rodrigo Garcia in attendance; “Man Up,” a romantic comedy starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg, with writer Tess Morris in attendance; “By Sidney Lumet,” a documentary about the filmmaker behind “Dog Day Afternoon”; “Brooklyn,” a romance starring Saoirse Ronan and written by Nick Hornby; “Remember,” a new thriller from Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan; “Mojave,” a thriller starring Oscar Isaac and Mark Wahlberg; and “The Adderall Diaries,” a drama starring James Franco and Austin’s Amber Heard.

Chris Cooper will receive an acting award from the Austin Film Festival. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Chris Cooper will receive an acting award from the Austin Film Festival. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

World premieres include “Jack’s Apocalypse” from Austin’s Will Moore; “Until 20,” “A Single Frame” and “We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited.”

High-profile titles that were previously announced include “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; “I Saw the Light,” starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams; and “Youth,” from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino and starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel.

The full screenwriters conference schedule has also been released. It’s held the first four days of the festival and features such writers as Michael Arndt, Amy Berg, Shane Black, Jack Burditt, Charles Burnett, John Lee Hancock, Simon Kinberg, Jenny Lumet, Nicole Perlman and Jason Reitman.

For the full festival and conference schedule, visit http://www.austinfilmfestival.com.


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