'Snowpiercer' to Open Los Angeles Film Festival

Bong Joon-ho's action-thriller will make its North American premiere at the fest on June 11.

Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer will open the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday, June 11, festival organizers announced Tuesday.

The film, which will have its North American premiere at the festival, will be released by RADiUS-TWC on June 27.

The post-apocalyptic action thriller, adapted by Bong and Kelly Masterson and based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, stars Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner and Alison Pill.

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Set in a future in which a failed experiment to put an end to global warming has resulted in an ice age, Snowpiercer hit theaters in South Korea in August, breaking a record when it sold four million tickets after just a week in theaters, the shortest time span for a film to reach that level of admissions in South Korean box-office history. It has earned $59.8 million in South Korea to date.

Snowpiercer is a wild ride and a spectacular way to open the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Film Festival, which is dedicated to the visionary spirit of L.A. that inspires artists around the world,” said Stephanie Allain, festival director.

The Los Angeles Film Festival is produced by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Film Independent at LACMA Film Series. The 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival will screen nearly 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries. The festival runs June 11-19 at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.