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Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin, will kick off the Los Angeles Film Festival as its opening night film on June 10. The festival, produced by Film Independent, runs through June 18 in downtown Los Angeles.
Written and directed by Paul Weitz, the film stars Tomlin as a misanthrope who goes on a daylong road trip with her granddaughter, played by Julia Garner. The film, which also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer and Laverne Cox, debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics.
Tomlin also will receive the fest’s Spirit of Independence Award at the opening night ceremonies.
Additionally, the festival announced Tuesday that writer-director Rodrigo García, whose films include Mother and Child and Albert Nobbs, will serve as the festival’s guest director. Gale Anne Hurd will receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. And a prefestival gala event called LA Nights, a private art auction featuring the work of 2015 poster artist Noah Davis and more than 40 other artists, will be held at The Underground Museum on May 6. The works will be on display and open to the public May 7-21. Proceeds from the auction will go to support the Los Angeles Film Festival as well as the Underground Museum.
“Paul Weitz’s Grandma embodies our mission of supporting visionary artists and celebrating L.A.’s creative community,” Stephanie Allain, Los Angeles film festival director, said in announcing the opening night film. “As the exhibition arm of Film Independent, the festival is thrilled to shine the spotlight on this very special film and on the great work of this year’s Spirit of Independence honoree Lily Tomlin. I’m also grateful to artist Noah Davis for his beautiful painting LA Nights that graces this year’s poster and look forward to handing it to the highest bidder at the benefit art auction at The Underground Museum on May 6.”
The full lineup for the festival will be announced May 5. Film Independent members can take advantage of presale benefits beginning April 14. Passes will become available to the general public on April 21. General admission tickets to individual films go on sale to Film Independent Members on May 14 and to the general public on May 19.
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