'Twilight Saga: Eclipse' to premiere at L.A. fest


Lisa Cholodenko's alternative family dramedy "The Kids Are All Right" from Focus Features will open the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 17, and Universal's 3D CGI feature "Despicable Me," directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin and starring Steve Carell, will close the fest 10 days later.

But the lineup of 200 feature films, shorts and music videos announced Tuesday will probably be overshadowed by the world premiere of David Slade's "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," the third installment in the teen vampire series. Summit will unveil the film, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, at an invitation-only event at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on June 24.

Embracing U.S. indies, foreign films and mainstream studio fare, the 16th annual fest, which is relocating from Westwood to downtown's L.A. Live, has programmed a number of gala screenings instead of designating one film a "centerpiece premiere."

The titles getting the gala treatment are Sony Pictures Classics' "Animal Kingdom," directed by David Michod; Fox Searchlight's "Cyrus," directed by brothers Jay and Mark Duplass; the world premiere of "Mahler on the Couch," directed by father and son helmers Percy and Felix Adlon; the North American premiere of "Revolucion," a series of short films directed by Mariana Chenillo, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo Garcia, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Pia, Carlos Reygadas and Patricia Riggen; and Paramount Vantage's documentary "Waiting for Superman," directed by Davis Guggenheim.

Philip G. Flores' "The Wheeler Boys" will be presented as the first winner of the Netflix Find Your Voice Film Competition.

The fest, presented by Film Independent, also includes a tribute to pioneering Argentine filmmaker Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, showing his films "The Fall," "The Hand in the Trap," "The House of the Angel" and "The Seven Madmen."

And it will include retrospective screenings of Robert Culp's 1972 feature "Hickey & Boggs," Walter Hill's "The Driver," a new restoration of Luchino Visconti's "The Leopard" and Satyajit Ray's "The Music Room."

Its summer screenings sidebar, highlighting upcoming indie releases, will include such titles as D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus' "Kings of Pastry" from First Run; the Weinstein Co.'s doc "The Tillman Story," directed by Amir Bar-Lev; Appartion and Destination Films' "Welcome to the Rileys," from helmer Jack Scott; the Magnolia releases "Monsters" and "Night Catches Us"; and IFC's Lena Dunham-directed "Tiny Furniture" and Claire Denis' "White Material."

Passes, now available to Film Independent members, go on sale to the general public May 10. Individual ticket sales begin June 1.
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