LA FILM FESTIVAL FULL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

The opening night movie of the Los Angeles Film Festival — Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love — was announced three weeks ago (along with screenings of Sundance winners Middle of Nowhere and Beasts of the Southern Wild), but today the rest of the line-up was unveiled, with the headline news being that Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper romp, Magic Mike, starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey, will close out the June fest.

In the narrative competition, there are notable entries from Cory McAbee (The American Astronaut), Jared Moshé (a familiar name as a producer, making his first film as director), and Alex Karpovsky, whose other 2012 effort, Rubberneck, just premiered at Tribeca. Among the other premieres are the Uganda-set LGBT doc Call Me Kuchu, the star-studded directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Kurtzman, People Like Us, and indie stalwart Spencer Parsons’ Saturday Morning Massacre.

A full list of the newly announced screenings is below:

 

Narrative Competition (10): The Narrative Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that compete for the Filmmaker Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature or Best International Feature.

  • All Is Well, Pocas Pascoal – Portugal – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
  • Breakfast with Curtis, Laura Colella – WORLD PREMIERE
  • The Compass is Carried by the Dead Man, Arturo Pons – Mexico – NORTH AMERICAN    PREMIERE
  • Crazy and Thief, Cory McAbee – NORTH PREMIERE
  • Dead Man’s Burden, Jared Moshé – WORLD PREMIERE
  • Four, Joshua Sanchez – WORLD PREMIERE
  • A Night Too Young, Olmo Omerzu – Czech Republic – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
  • Pincus, David Fenster – WORLD PREMIERE
  • Red Flag, Alex Karpovsky – WORLD PREMIERE
  • Thursday till Sunday, Dominga Sotomayor – Chile – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

 

Documentary Competition (9): The Documentary Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that compete for the Documentary Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature or Best International Feature.

  • 25 to Life, Mike Brown – WORLD PREMIERE
  • A Band Called Death, Jeff Howlett, Mark Covino – WORLD PREMIERE
  • Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives, Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore –  WORLD PREMIERE
  • Call Me Kuchu, Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall – US PREMIERE
  • Drought, Everado González – Mexico – US PREMIERE
  • The Iran Job, Till Schauder – USA/Germany/Iran – WORLD PREMIERE
  • Sun Kissed, Maya Stark, Adi Lavy – WORLD PREMIERE
  • Vampira and Me, R. H. Greene – WORLD PREMIERE
  • Words of Witness, Mai Iskander – Egypt/USA – US PREMIERE

 

International Showcase (15): The International Showcase highlights innovative independent narrative and documentary features from outside of the United States. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.

  • Bestiaire, Denis Côté – Canada
  • Bunohan: Return to Murder, Dain Said – Malaysia (Oscilloscope Pictures)
  • Canícula, José Álvarez – Mexico
  • The First Man, Gianni Amelio – France – US PREMIERE
  • The Last Elvis, Armando Bo – Argentina
  • Neighboring Sounds, Kleber Mendonça Filho – Brazil (The Cinema Guild)
  • On the Edge, Leila Kilani – France/Morocco/Germany
  • P-047, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee – Thailand
  • Return to Burma, Midi Z. – Taiwan/Myanmar
  • Sister, Ursula Meier – Switzerland (Adopt Films) – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
  • The Strawberry Tree, Simone Rapisarda Casanova – Canada/Cuba/Italy
  • Summer Games, Rolando Colla – Switzerland
  • Teddy Bear, Mads Matthiesen – Denmark (Film Movement)
  • Unforgivable, André Téchiné – France (Strand Releasing)
  • Without Gorky, Cosima Spender – UK

 

Summer Showcase (16): The Summer Showcase section offers an advance look at this summer’s most talked about independent film releases from the festival circuit. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.

  • About Face, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (HBO Films)
  • Beauty Is Embarrassing, Neil Berkeley
  • Big Easy Express, Emmett Malloy
  • Celeste and Jesse Forever, Lee Toland Krieger (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Gayby, Jonathan Lisecki (Wolfe Releasing)
  • Gimme the Loot, Adam Leon (IFC Films)
  • The House I Live In, Eugene Jarecki
  • It’s a Disaster, Todd Berger – WORLD PREMIERE
  • La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus, Mark Kendall – USA/Guatemala
  • Neil Young Journeys, Jonathan Demme (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • An Oversimplification of her Beauty, Terence Nance – USA/France
  • People Like Us, Alex Kurtzman (Dreamworks Pictures) – WORLD PREMIERE
  • The Queen of Versailles, Lauren Greenfield (Magnolia Pictures)
  • Reportero, Bernardo Ruiz
  • Robot & Frank, Jake Schreier (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
  • Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul (Sony Pictures Classics)

 

Community Screenings (6): These films will be presented free to the public. New films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature or Best Documentary Feature.

  • Dirty Dancing (1987), Emile Ardolino – Grand Performances Screening
  • E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Steven Spielberg – FIGat7th Screening
  • G-Dog, Freida Mock – WORLD PREMIERE
  • The Invisible War, Kirby Dick (Cinedigm)
  • LUV, Sheldon Candis – Project Involve Screening (Indomina)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Nicholas Meyer – FIGat7th Screening

 

The Beyond (3): The Beyond offers films that dare to be different. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature or Best Narrative Feature.

  • The History of Future Folk, J. Anderson Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker – WORLD PREMIERE
  • Juan of the Dead, Alejandro Brugués – Cuba
  • Saturday Morning Massacre, Spencer Parsons – WORLD PREMIERE

 

Retro (3):

  • Ballads, Blues and Bluegrass (1961), Alan Lomax – WORLD PREMIERE
  • Banishment (2007), Andrey Zvyagintsev – Russia – LAFCA’s The Film That Got Away
  • The Breaking Point (1950), Michael Curtiz – Film Foundation Screening