The North American premiere of Nigel Cole's UK hit CalendarGirls and world premiere of PattyJenkins' serial killer drama Monster bookend the upcoming 17th AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival,which runs from Nov 6-16.
Two other worldpremieres take pride of place as centerpiece galas in the form of VadimPerelman's drama House Of Sand And Fog starring Jennifer Connelly and Sir BenKingsley and Norman Jewison's thriller The Statement starring Michael Caine.
Also confirmedas part of the 140 film-strong line-up is the US premiere of Jean PaulRappeneau's Second World War comedy-drama Bon Voyage, which is France's Oscar entrythis year and stars Gerard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani and Virginie Ledoyen.
CalendarGirls will open theannual event on Nov 6 in advance of the US release through Buena Vista on Dec19.
House Of SandAnd Fog screens on Nov 9and stars Kingsley as an Iranian emigre whose bid to start a new life inAmerica brings him into conflict over a house sale with a former addict, playedby Jennifer Connelly.
The drama willbe released in the US through DreamWorks on Dec 26 and features support fromRon Eldard and Iranian film star Shohreh Aghdashloo.
The Statement screens on Nov 12 and is based on BrianMoore's novel of the true-life events surrounding an elderly French warcriminal, whose anonymous existence is shattered when his past returns to haunthim.
Michael Caine,Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Northam, Charlotte Rampling and Alan Bates star in TheStatement, which SonyPictures Classics will release in the US on Dec 12.
The festivalcloses on Nov 16 with the world premiere of Monster, a true-life story starring CharlizeTheron as Aileen Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in Florida forkilling seven men during the 1980s.
Christina Ricciand Bruce Dern also star and the film will be released in the US throughNewmarket Films in December.
Other confirmedtitles include Denys Arcand's award-winning comedy-drama Barbarian Invasions, Errol Morris' Robert McNamaradocumentary The Fog Of War, Jim Sheridan's drama In America, Siddiq Barmak's award-winningTaliban drama Osama,and Robert Altman's ensemble ballet study The Company.
Also includedare Ross McElwee's tobacco doc Bright Leaves, Gabriele Salvatores' thriller I'mNot Scared, Jan JakobKolski's Polish war drama Pornography, Sylvain Chomet's acclaimed French animated feature TheTriplets Of Bellville,Sue Brooks' Australian-set drama Japanese Story, Jesper Jargil's Dogma 95documentary The Purified, and Ra'anan Alexandrowiczis African pilgrimage drama James'Journey To Jerusalem.