By Joseph Martinez –
Starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as Alma Reville, his wife, collaborator and the love of his life, “Hitchcock” reveals the untold story behind the director’s darkest masterpiece, “Psycho”
…and with that, AFI Fest, the biggest of the L.A. film festivals, opened its 26th edition Thursday night November 1, 2012 with the World Premiere of “Hitchcock,” the story about the making of the troubled production of legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “Psycho” that centers on the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).
Unfortunately, the leads of the film, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren weren’t at at the film’s premiere Thursday night, but they were together. They are reportedly working in London, shooting “Red 2.” “We haven’t worked together in our entire careers and now two movies in a row,” Mirren said in a taped introduction at the event. Michael Wincott and James D’Arcy (who plays Anthony Perkins) were the only lead actors on hand in a cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel and Toni Collette – all absent from the event.
Screening mainly at the Chinese cineplex in the Hollywood & Highland Center, as well as at the adjacent Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Egyptian two blocks east on Hollywood Boulevard, various titles praised at earlier 2012 festivals will make their Los Angeles public debut at AFI including: “Amour,” “Holy Motors,” “Rust and Bone,” “Lincoln,” “The Angel’s Share,” “Beyond the Hills,” “In Another Country,” “Pieta,” “Like Someone in Love,” “Post Tenebras Lux,” “All the Light in the Sky” and “Pearblossom HWY”.
About AFI: The American Film Institute’s annual celebration of artistic excellence, AFI FEST presented by Audi brings the audience and the entertainment community together to explore the year in global cinema through the new works of film masters, moving image icons and breakthrough talents, and it is the only film festival of its stature that is free to the public. AFI FEST mixes nightly red carpet galas of Hollywood films with new auteur works from around the world, ensuring that an extraordinary array of foreign filmmaker voices is heard. Launching awards season each year, AFI FEST offers a crucial avenue of exposure to the entertainment community, while providing audiences with the very best of global cinema, right in the center of the movie-making capital of the world.
AFI Fest continues through Thursday, when Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is the closing night gala,
(photo by © 2012 Joe Martinez/PictureLux)
See an entire gallery of images from the event at PictureLux and The Hollywood Archive