Los Angeles Film Festival Announces Lineup
More than 200 feature films, including 18 upcoming indie titles like "Another Earth" and "The Guard," will be screened when the fest kicks off June 16.
Film Independent’s 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival will kick off June 16 with a sprawling program of more than 200 feature films, including four features from Cuba that will be showcased in its International Spotlight section.
While Cuban films rarely find distribution in the U.S., the festival will screen Fina Torres’ Habana Eva; Estela Bravo’s Operation Peter Pan: Flying Back to Cuba; Fernando Perez’s Suite Habana; and Gerardo Chijona Valdes’ Ticket to Paradise.
The festival, which runs through June 26, will make its headquarters at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles for the second straight year.
Out of more than 5,025 submissions — up from 4,700 last year — fest organizers have selected 10 films for the narrative competition and nine for the documentary competition.
“There will be about 90 features in all, consistent with the last couple of years,” festival director Rebecca Yeldham said. “There’ll be a cross section of brand new world premieres, a broad selection of independents and some films from the past that everyone loves.”
“It’s funny, but every year different strengths emerge from around the world,” festival artistic director David Ansen added. “This was a very strong year for French-Canadian movies. There were a lot of good Korean films. We have a lot of stuff that was shot in L.A. itself — there are a lot of East Side movies, and you’ll also see movies set in Silver Lake, Echo Park and downtown. We have some really good gay movies this year — last year, we had just one, but this year we have eight, both documentaries and narratives. There are a lot of interesting sports-themed movies and also movies about the financial collapse.”
Moviegoers will get an advance look at 18 upcoming indie titles collected in the Summer Showcase sidebar. Included are Fox Searchlight’s Another Earth, Sony Pictures Classics’ The Guard and Higher Ground, Roadside Attractions’ The Future and Magnolia Pictures/Participant Media’s Page One: Inside the New York Times.
The 20th anniversary of John Singleton’s Boyz in the Hood will be marked with a screening of the digitally remastered film and a cast and crew reunion, while the fest also will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Wolfgang Petersen’s Das Boot, which also has been digitally remastered. The Film Foundation will be represented with a screening of Elia Kazan’s 1960 film Wild River.
The Community Screenings sidebar also will include 25th anniversary screenings of Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me and John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
The fest will again hold outdoor screenings at the Ford Amphitheatre with a lineup that consists of Michael Rapaport’s Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest; Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame; and Guy Maddin and Ron & Russell Mael’s The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman.
To celebrate the announcement of the lineup, the festival is holding a free outdoor screening of Pretty in Pink at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE downtown at 7 p.m. Tuesday.