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The American Film Institute (AFI) announced HITCHCOCK,  starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife Alma, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins, will have its world premiere on Thursday, November 1st. This event takes place at  their Opening Night Gala of AFI FEST 2012, presented by Audi. The motion picture is based on Stephen Rebello’s 1990 non-fiction literary work - Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.

Hitchcock centers on the relationship between the director and his wife during the making of Psycho; centering on Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to the release of the groundbreaking film in 1960.

Alfred Hitchcock has a rich legacy at the American Film Institute. He was the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1979, the highest honor for a career in film. Four of his productions rank among the greatest films of all time on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list: VERTIGO (#9), PSYCHO (#14), REAR WINDOW (#48), and NORTH BY NORTHWEST (#55). Helen Mirren also has ties with AFI. She was presented with a Doctorate of Fine Arts, honoris causa from the AFI Conservatory in 2011.

AFI FEST 2012, celebrating its 26th year, will take place November 1st - 8th at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Free individual tickets to AFI FEST 2012 screenings and galas will be available to AFI members on Wednesday, October 24th at a 24-hour advance window, before they become available to the general public on October 25th.

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