LA Film Festival Lineup Includes World Premiere of Channing Tatum's 'Magic Mike'
Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, will have its world premiere as the closing-night film at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The drama, which Warner Bros. will release June 29, is set in the world of male strippers. It will bookend the festival, which opens with the previously announced To Rome With Love, directed by Woody Allen.
The festival, which runs from June 14-24, announced its schedule today. It also will include the world premiere of Alex Kurtzman’s People Like Us, starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks, among its Summer Showcase screenings. The DreamWorks release also opens June 29.
The festival, produced by Film Independent under the leadership of festival director Stephanie Allain and artistic director David Ansen and which will be headquartered at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, plans to screen nearly 200 features, short films and music videos from more than 30 countries, selected from 5,283 submissions. The lineup includes 30 world, North American and U.S. premieres.
As part of the festival's free outdoor programming, there will be a Dirty Dancing Dance-A-Long at California Plaza on June 22 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Patrick Swayze film. Produced in cooperation with Dance Camera West and Grand Performances, there will be free salsa lessons by Contra-Tiempo, a screening of the film with special guests, and a shadow cast consisting of performers from local dance companies to dance on stage below the screening during key scenes.
Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere and Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild have been selected to screen in the Galas section.
The Summer Showcase, which offers an advance look at indie releases, includes such titles as Jonathan Demme's Neil Young Journeys from Sony Pictures Classics; Lauren Greenfield's The Queen of Versailles from Magnolia; and Jake Schreier's Robot and Frank from Samuel Goldwyn Films.
The full lineup includes:
Narrative Competition (10): 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, Pocas Pascoal – Portugal – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Breakfast With Curtis, Laura Colella – WORLD PREMIERE
- The Compass Is Carried by the Dead Man, Arturo Pons – Mexico – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Crazy and Thief, Cory McAbee – NORTH PREMIERE
- Dead Man’s Burden, Jared Moshé – WORLD PREMIERE
- Four, Joshua Sanchez – WORLD PREMIERE
- A Night Too Young, Olmo Omerzu – Czech Republic – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- Pincus,David Fenster – WORLD PREMIERE
- Red Flag, Alex Karpovsky – WORLD PREMIERE
- Thursday till Sunday, Dominga Sotomayor – Chile – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Documentary Competition (9):The Documentary Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that compete for the Documentary Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature or Best International Feature
- 25 to Life, Mike Brown – WORLD PREMIERE
- A Band Called Death, Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino – WORLD PREMIERE
- Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives, Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore – WORLD PREMIERE
- Call Me Kuchu, Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall – US PREMIERE
- Drought, Everado González – Mexico – US PREMIERE
- The Iran Job, Till Schauder – USA/Germany/Iran – WORLD PREMIERE
- Sun Kissed, Maya Stark, Adi Lavy – WORLD PREMIERE
- Vampira and Me, R. H. Greene – WORLD PREMIERE
- Words of Witness, Mai Iskander – Egypt/USA – US PREMIERE
International Showcase (15): The International Showcase highlights innovative independent narrative and documentary features from outside of the U.S. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.
- Bestiaire, Denis Côté – Canada
- Bunohan: Return to Murder, Dain Said – Malaysia (Oscilloscope Pictures)
- Canícula, José Álvarez – Mexico
- The First Man, Gianni Amelio – France – US PREMIERE
- The Last Elvis, Armando Bo – Argentina
- Neighboring Sounds, Kleber Mendonça Filho – Brazil (The Cinema Guild)
- On the Edge, Leila Kilani – France/Morocco/Germany
- P-047, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee – Thailand
- Return to Burma, Midi Z. – Taiwan/Myanmar
- Sister, Ursula Meier – Switzerland (Adopt Films) – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- The Strawberry Tree, Simone Rapisarda Casanova – Canada/Cuba/Italy
- Summer Games, Rolando Colla – Switzerland
- Teddy Bear, Mads Matthiesen – Denmark (Film Movement)
- Unforgivable, André Téchiné – France (Strand Releasing)
- Without Gorky, Cosima Spender – U.K.
Summer Showcase (16): The Summer Showcase section offers an advance look at this summer’s most talked about independent film releases from the festival circuit. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.
- About Face, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (HBO Films)
- Beauty Is Embarrassing, Neil Berkeley
- Big Easy Express, Emmett Malloy
- Celeste and Jesse Forever, Lee Toland Krieger (Sony Pictures Classics)
- Gayby, Jonathan Lisecki (Wolfe Releasing)
- Gimme the Loot, Adam Leon (IFC Films)
- The House I Live In, Eugene Jarecki
- It’s a Disaster, Todd Berger – WORLD PREMIERE
- La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus, Mark Kendall – USA/Guatemala
- Neil Young Journeys, Jonathan Demme (Sony Pictures Classics)
- An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Terence Nance – USA/France
- People Like Us, Alex Kurtzman (DreamWorks Pictures) – WORLD PREMIERE
- The Queen of Versailles, Lauren Greenfield (Magnolia Pictures)
- Reportero, Bernardo Ruiz
- Robot and Frank, Jake Schreier (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
- Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul (Sony Pictures Classics)
Community Screenings (6): These films will be presented free to the public. New films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature or Best Documentary Feature.
- Dirty Dancing (1987), Emile Ardolino – Grand Performances Screening
- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Steven Spielberg – FIGat7th Screening
- G-Dog, Freida Mock – WORLD PREMIERE
- The Invisible War, Kirby Dick (Cinedigm)
- LUV, Sheldon Candis – Project Involve Screening (Indomina)
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Nicholas Meyer – FIGat7th Screening
The Beyond (3):The Beyond offers films that dare to be different. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature or Best Narrative Feature.
- The History of Future Folk, J. Anderson Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker – WORLD PREMIERE
- Juan of the Dead, Alejandro Brugués – Cuba
- Saturday Morning Massacre, Spencer Parsons – WORLD PREMIERE
- Ballads, Blues and Bluegrass (1961), Alan Lomax – WORLD PREMIERE
- Banishment (2007), Andrey Zvyagintsev – Russia – LAFCA’s The Film That Got Away
- The Breaking Point (1950), Michael Curtiz – Film Foundation Screening