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Mark Wahlberg's Patriots Day to close AFI Fest

Peter Berg directed the film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

(Karen Ballard)

This year’s AFI Fest will conclude Nov. 17 with a screening of Patriots Day, Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg’s drama about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the citywide manhunt for the perpetrators, organizers announced Friday.

Directed by Berg (Lone Survivor, Friday Night Lights), the film chronicles the aftermath of the terrorist attack that left three people dead and 264 injured on the streets of the Massachusetts capital. Producer-star Wahlberg plays a Boston cop named Tommy Saunders (a composite character), and the cast also includes John Goodman as Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Kevin Bacon as FBI agent Richard DesLauriers, and Michelle Monaghan as nurse Carol Saunders.

Patriots Day is a moving tribute to the strength of the human spirit, the heroes of Boston, and our nation’s capacity to unify in the wake of the unimaginable,” festival director Jacqueline Lyanga said in a statement.

As previously announced, AFI Fest will open with Warren Beatty’s directorial comeback Rules Don’t Apply on Nov. 10. The Los Angeles gathering will also host the world premieres of Disney’s animated film Moana, Jessica Chastain’s gun-control drama Miss Sloane, and the Robert De Niro starrer The Comedian.

Patriots Day will open in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston on Dec. 21 before going nationwide on Jan. 13.