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AFI Fest finally announced its opening night film for the 2017 annual November awards season centric festival and, surprisingly, it’s not a world premiere. Dee Rees‘ “Mudbound,” which debuted at Sundance in January, will open the festival on Thursday, Nov.7 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
The period drama will receive a limited release in theaters and debut on Netflix on Nov. 17.
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In a release, AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lynaga remarked, ” ‘Mudbound’ will launch eight exhilarating days of great movies, filmmakers and discovery in the heart of Hollywood. Emblematic of what AFI FEST is, director Dee Rees’ film is rich with cinematic artistry — exemplifying storytelling at its finest, on both an epic and a human scale.”
Last year, Warren Beatty‘s “Rules Don’t Apply” opened AFI Fest. Previous festival kickoffs include the world premieres of Angelina Jolie‘s “By the Sea” in 2015, J.C. Chandor‘s “A Most Violent Year” in 2o14, John Lee Hancock‘s “Saving Mr. Banks” in 2013 and Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock” in 2012. This is the first opener in recent memory that debuted at another festival.
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