The Festival, sponsored once again by the Los Angeles Times will based out of LA Live for the third consecutive year, and will dominate downtown from Thursday, June 14th to Sunday, June 24th.
Festivities will kick off on opening night with To Rome With Love, the latest from writer-director Woody Allen. That film, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alison Pill, Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, and Allen himself, was already announced for opening night, but now we know which movie will close the festival. That would be Magic Mike, director Steven Soderbergh's comedically-tinged drama based on the real life experiences of star Channing Tatum as a stripper. The ensemble cast also includes Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, and Matt Bomer.
While those two films are bookening the LAFF, in between more than a dozen films will have their world premieres, including Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut, People Like Us, starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Oliva Wilde, and Mark Duplass. That film premieres as part of the summer showcase, which also includes Celeste and Jesse Forever, which stars Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg as the title characters.
Of note to our readers are those in the Community Screening series, presented free of charge. Amongst these are Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and Dirty Dancing, which will be a Dance-A-Long celebrating the seminal gyration-fest's 25th anniversary.
Check out the official film guide at the LA Film Fest site for more, but here we'll include the ten film in the narrative competition:
The Narrative Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that compete for the Filmmaker Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature or Best International Feature.
• All Is Well – Portugal (DIRECTOR Pocas Pascoal PRODUCER Luis Correia CAST Cheila Lima, Ciomara Morais) – Strangers in a strange land, two beautiful Angolan sisters fleeing a civil war in their homeland struggle to survive in Lisbon. Pocas Pascoal’s deeply personal saga shows us the face of exile with quietly stunning power. North American Premiere
• Breakfast with Curtis – (DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER Laura Colella CAST Theo Green, Jonah Parker, David Parker, Virginia Laffey, Aaron Jungels, Yvonne Parker, Adele Parker, Laura Colella, Gideon Parker) – A balmy eastern summer and a lush, rambling backyard are the perfect settings for this mirthful tale of unlikely friendships and rekindled neighborliness amongst a quirky and charming cast of bohemians. World Premiere
• The Compass is Carried by the Dead Man – Mexico (DIRECTOR/WRITER Arturo Pons PRODUCER Ozcar Ramírez González CAST Gael Sanchez Valle, Pedro Gamez, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Eligio Melendez, Luis Bayardo, Marco Perez) – A young man and a dead man journey north through a subtly surreal desert landscape, picking up a wagonful of odd characters as they go in this darkly humorous satire of contemporary Mexico. North American Premiere
• Crazy and Thief – (DIRECTOR/WRITER Cory McAbee PRODUCERS Cory McAbee, Scott Miller CAST Willa McAbee, John McAbee, Gregory Cook, Graham Stanford) – With only a homemade “Star Map” and their own imagination to guide them, a brother and sister take a fantastical journey through the real world in this ode to being a little kid from cult director Cory McAbee. North American Premiere
• Dead Man’s Burden – (DIRECTOR/WRITER Jared Moshé PRODUCER Veronica Nickel CAST Barlow Jacobs, Clare Bowen, David Call, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Richard Riehle) – This tense, classically crafted indie Western, set in the aftermath of the Civil War, starts with a startling act of violence: a daughter shoots down her father on the open range. Then her long lost brother returns. This is not going to be just any old family reunion. World Premiere
• Four – (DIRECTOR/WRITER Joshua Sanchez PRODUCER Christine Giorgio CAST Wendell Pierce, Emory Cohen, Aja Naomi King, EJ Bonilla) – Over the course of a steamy 4th of July night, a father and daughter, each trapped in loneliness, reach out for sexual connection — he with a self-hating teenage boy, she with a smooth-talking wannabe homeboy — in this psychologically complex, beautifully acted drama. World Premiere
• A Night Too Young – Czech Republic (DIRECTOR Olmo Omerzu WRITERS Bruno Hájek, Jakub Felcman, Olmo Omerzu PRODUCER Jiří Konečný CAST Martin Pechlát, Jirí Cerny, Natálie Rehorová, Vojtech Machuta, Jan Vasi) – On New Years Day, two innocent 12-year-old boys score vodka for three strangers and get invited to an adult party they’ll never forget. This darkly comic tale by gifted 26-year-old Czech director Olmo Omerzu upends the conventions of the coming of age movie. North American Premiere
• Pincus – (DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER David Fenster CAST David Nordstrom, Paul Fenster, Christi Idavoy, Dietmar Franosch) – An anchorless carpenter returns to his Miami home to help his ailing father. To escape the burden of his responsibilities, he seeks comfort in women, weed and his otherworldly German friend Dietmar. World Premiere
• Red Flag – (DIRECTOR/WRITER/PRODUCER Alex Karpovsky CAST Alex Karpovsky, Onur Tukel, Jennifer Prediger, Caroline White, Keith Poulson, Dustin Guy Defa) – Writer/director/star Alex Karpovksy reveals his sterling comic chops playing an indie filmmaker named Alex Karpovsky who, unexpectedly dumped by his girlfriend, takes to the road for a misbegotten mini-tour of film screenings and overly ardent groupies. World Premiere
• Thursday till Sunday – Chile (DIRECTOR/WRITER Dominga Sotomayor PRODUCERS Gregorio González, Benjamin Domenech CAST Santi Ahumada, Emiliano Freifeld, Francisco Pérez-Bannen, Paola Giannini) – With uncommon beauty and style, this Chilean road movie finds a family at a crossroads, as the daughter slowly realizes the divide between the adults in the front seat and the kids in back. North American Premiere
For tickets and more information on the Los Angeles Film Festival, head over to the official LAFF site.