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Announcing Opening Night Film Print


The new thriller 'The Wrong Man' starring Josh Hartnett and Bruce Willis will make its Australian premiere at the 2006 Australian International Film Festival's (AIFF) gala Opening Night on Saturday October 21st at Hoyts Melbourne Central

Directed by Paul McGuigan (The Reckoning, Wicker Park),'The Wrong Man' is a sharp thriller that twists and turns its way through an underworld of crime and revenge, and stars Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci and Lucy Lui

Set in New York City, a case of mistaken identity lands Slevin (Josh Hartnett) in the middle of a time-honoured war being plotted by two of the city's rival crime bosses: The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) and The Boss (Morgan Freeman)

Slevin is mistaken for his friend Nick and is soon pulled deeper into the underworld of murder and revenge. As a result Slevin is under constant surveillance by a relentless Detective Brikowski (Stanley Tucci) as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat (Bruce Willis) and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him


The Australian premiere of 'The Wrong Man' will open the ten-day Australian International Film Festival, held at Hoyts Melbourne Central from Saturday 21October - Monday 30 October

Jaume Balaguero's new thiller 'Fragile' starring Calista Flockhart and Richard Roxburgh has been chosen as the Closing Night film on Monday 30 October. Shot in Spain, 'Fragile' is the story of a nurse (Flockhart) who desperately tries to keep her patients safe from a plague of random, mysterious attacks

AIFF directors Cameron R. Male and Tim K. Ali say 'The Wrong Man' will be one of many films to make its Australian or International premiere at the festival

"It's been a mammoth task to narrow our festival selection to 243 official titles, but we've ensured that every genre and cinema format is covered over the ten days of the festival," says AIFF co-director Male

"The AIFF is not a traditional art-house film festival, and by choosing to screen several mainstream films such as 'The Wrong Man' and 'Fragile' we've made sure that the AIFF is accessible and of interest to the wider Melbourne community."

Hosted at Hoyts Melbourne Central, one of Australia's most impressive cinemas, the AIFF kicks off on Saturday 21 October and will run solidly for ten days until Monday 30 October. Supporting the AIFF are its many partners including Hoyts, The Herald Sun, Mix 101.1,, Getty Images; Melbourne Central plays an integral role as host for the event

A limited number of tickets will be made available to the public for the AIFF Opening Night Film and After Party. Tickets can be pre-purchased from Friday October 13th at or

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