Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' to Close Out Los Angeles Film Festival

12:18 PM PST 05/06/2014 by Seth Abramovitch

"Dear White People," "The Two Faces of January" and "Love Is Strange" will receive gala screenings at the event, now in its 20th year.

Jersey Boys will close out the 20th annual Los Angeles Film Festival, organizers revealed on Tuesday.  

Director Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the hit Broadway musical about mid-'60s boy band Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will screen on Thursday, June 19, at downtown's L.A. Live -- home to the festival for the past five years. The Warner Bros. musical hits theaters the following day.

Also announced are a number of gala screenings, including Ira Sachs' Love Is Strange, a same-sex romance drama starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, and Justin Simien's Dear White People, the buzzed-about satire on race relations set on a college campus. A third gala screening will be held for Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January, a period thriller set in Greece and Istanbul in 1962 starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Star Wars: Episode VII star Oscar Isaac.

Those screenings join a jam-packed slate of nearly 200 features, shorts and music videos from 40 countries. It all kicks off on Wednesday, June 11, with the long-awaited North American debut of Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer, a sci-fi thriller set aboard a speeding train. 

The festival is presented by Film Independent in conjunction with the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Live.

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