AFI Fest will honor actress Annette Bening with a tribute and centerpiece gala on Nov. 16. The tribute will include a conversation with the actress followed by a screening of the upcoming "20th Century Women."
In “20th Century Women,” from writer-director Mike Mills (“Beginners”), Bening plays Dorothea Fields, a single mother in her mid-50s raising an adolescent son in 1979 Santa Barbara. The film co-stars Elle Fanning,
"Annette Bening is a modern-day icon of American cinema," said Jacqueline Lyanga, director of AFI Fest, in a statement.
"She brings her characters to life with an emotional intelligence that is luminous and powerful. In '20th Century Women' she finds one of her richest roles yet, delivering a strong performance that anchors the film's terrific ensemble cast."
A four-time Academy Award nominee — for her performances in "The Grifters," "American Beauty," "Being Julia" and "The Kids Are All Right" — Bening has also appeared in such films as "Valmont," "Bugsy," "The American President" and "Ginger & Rosa." Bening also has a supporting role in AFI Fest's opening-night film, "Rules Don't Apply," directed by her husband, Warren Beatty.
Mills’ previous film, “Beginners,” was something of a portrait of his father and garnered an Oscar for actor
AFI Fest runs from November 10-17. Also previously announced was a tribute to actress Isabelle Huppert followed by a centerpiece screening of Paul Verhoeven's "Elle."
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