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.