LA Film Fest supplies an early award season look at 'Another Earth,' 'The Guard' and 'Project Nim'
Prestige films will return to the spotlight at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, but back on this side of the Atlantic, numerous potential end of year players are already starting to make some noise before their domestic releases. From Mike Mills' "Beginners" to Jodie Foster's "The Beaver," there are numerous critic's favorites heading toward theaters that have debuted elsewhere. An annual showcase for these films is the Los Angeles Film Festival which is returning downtown for the second year in a row next month.
Running June 16-26, the LA Film Fest 2011 will feature screenings of a number of films that made a lot of noise at this year's Sundance Film Festival including "The Guard" (a personal favorite), "Project Nim," Vera Farminga's "Higher Learning," "Another Earth," "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest," "Terri" and "Tyrannosaur." The festival also has docs such as ESPN Films' "Renee" (which debuted at Tribeca), HBO Films' "Sex Crimes Unit" and "The Bully Project" (which also debuted at Tribeca before being acquired by The Weinstein Company last week). Having these films play LA Film Fest is a great way for them to get in front of members of Film Independent (who vote on the Indie Spirit Awards) and members of the industry in numerous voting guilds. Last year, "The Kids Are All Right," "Cyrus," "Animal Kingdom" and "Waiting for Superman" all had their post-Sundance premieres at LA Film Fest.
Unclear yet is what big blockbusters will tie their world premiere (or Hollywood premiere) to the festival's Nokia Theater digs. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"? "Larry Crowe"? "Horrible Bosses"? Expect word on that over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, the official list of films is as follows:
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.
"The Bad Intentions, Rosario Garcia-Montero," Argentina/Germany/Peru – US PREMIERE
"The Dynamiter," Matthew Gordon – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
"Familiar Grounds," Stephane Lefleur – Canada – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
"The Fatherless," Marie Kreutzer – Austria – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
"How to Cheat," Amber Sealey – WORLD PREMIERE
"Mamitas," Nicholas Ozeki – WORLD PREMIERE
"An Ordinary Family," Mike Akel – WORLD PREMIERE
"Please Do Not Disturb," Mohsen Abdolvahab – Iran – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
"Sawdust City," David Nordstrom – WORLD PREMIERE
"You Hurt My Feelings," Steve Collins – WORLD 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.
"Cheonggyecheon Medley: Dream of Iron," Kelvin Kyung Kun Park – South Korea – US PREMIERE
"Family Instinct," Andris Gauja – Latvia – US PREMIERE
"Once I Was a Champion," Gerard Roxburgh – WORLD PREMIERE
"Paraiso For Sale," Anayansi Prado – WORLD PREMIERE
'Salaam Dunk," David Fine – Iraq/USA – WORLD PREMIERE
"Somewhere Between," Linda Goldstein Knowlton – US PREMIERE
"Unfinished Spaces," Alysa Nahimas, Ben Murray - WORLD PREMIERE
"Unraveled," Marc H. Simon – WORLD PREMIERE
"Wish Me Away," Bobbie Birleffi, Beverly Kopf – WORLD PREMIERE
International Showcase (18): 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.
"108," Renate Costa – Spain/Paraguay
"Christopher and His Kind," Geoffrey Sax – United Kingdom – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
"Come Rain, Come Shine," Lee Yoon-ki, - South Korea – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
"Curling," Denis Côté – Canada
"The Destiny of Lesser Animals," Deron Albright – Ghana/USA
"Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within," Jose Padilha – Brazil (New Video)
"Eternity," Sivaroj Kongsakul – Thailand
"Family Portrait in Black and White," Julia Ivanova – Canada
"Kawasaki’s Rose," Jan Hrebejk – Czech Republic (Menemsha Films)
"Love Crime," Alain Corneau – France (IFC Films)
"Medianeras," Gustavo Taretto – Argentina/Germany/Spain (IFC Films) – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
"Mysteries of Lisbon," Raúl Ruiz – Portugal (Music Box Films)
"Ocaso," Theo Court – Chile – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
"Position Among the Stars," Leonard Retel Helmrich – Netherlands
"The Salesman," Sébastien Pilote – Canada
"Self Made," Gillian Wearing – England
"Senna," Asif Kapadia – England (PDA)
"Tomboy," Céline Sciamma – France (Rocket Releasing) – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Summer Showcase (18): 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.
"Another Earth," Mike Cahill (Fox Searchlight)
"Elevate," Anne Buford
"The Future," Miranda July (Roadside Attractions)
"The Guard," John Michael McDonagh - Ireland (Sony Pictures Classics)
"Higher Ground," Vera Farmiga (Sony Pictures Classics)
"Leave It on the Floor," Sheldon Larry – WORLD PREMIERE
"Letters From the Big Man, Christopher Munch
"L!fe Happens," Kat Coiro – WORLD PREMIERE
"Natural Selection," Robbie Pickering
"Page One: Inside the New York Times," Andrew Rossi (Magnolia Pictures/Participant Media)
"The Pruitt-lgoe Myth," Chad Freidrichs
"Renée," Eric Drath (ESPN Films)
"Sex Crimes Unit," Lisa F. Jackson (HBO Films)
"Skateistan: Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul," Kai Sehr
"Terri," Azazel Jacobs (ATO)
"Tyrannosaur," Paddy Considine – England (Strand Releasing)
"Where Soldiers Come From," Heather Courtney
"Winnie the Pooh," Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall (Disney)
Outdoor Screenings at the Ford Amphitheatre (3): These official Los Angeles Film Festival selections, sponsored by Brand X, are included as part of the 2011 Ford Amphitheatre Summer Season; a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.
"Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest," Michael Rapaport
"Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame," Tsui Hark – Hong Kong
"The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman," Guy Maddin and Ron & Russel Mael, aka Sparks – WORLD MUSICAL PREMIERE
International Spotlight – Cuba (4): This year, our International Spotlight focuses on Cuba, whose films rarely find distribution in the U.S. We’re proud to showcase the best of the new and recent Cuban cinema. Sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs and UCLA Latin American Institute.
"Habana Eva, Fina Torres" Cuba/France/Venezuela
"Operation Peter Pan: Flying Back to Cuba," Estela Bravo – Cuba
"Suite Habana (2003)," Fernando Pérez - Cuba
"Ticket to Paradise," Gerardo Chijona Valdes - Cuba
Documenting Mexico (2): Inspired by the efforts of the Ambulante Film Festival, a traveling film event designed to promote a documentary culture across Mexico, we are pleased to highlight two outstanding documentaries from Mexico’s vibrant documentary filmmaking culture. Sponsored by HOY.
"The Night Watchman," Natalia Almada - Mexico
"The Tiniest Place," Tatiana Huezo – Mexico
Community Screenings (7): These films will be presented free to the public. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature or Best Documentary Feature.
"The Bully Project," Lee Hirsch (The Weinstein Company)
"Crime After Crime," Yoav Potash – Grand Performances Screening
"Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" (1986), John Hughes – 25th Anniversary Screening
"Hot Coffee," Susan Saladoff (HBO Films)
"On the Ice," Andrew Okpeaha MacLean – Project:Involve Screening
"Project Nim," James Marsh – United Kingdom (Roadside Attractions)
"Stand By Me" (1986), Rob Reiner – 25th Anniversary Screening
The Beyond (5): The Beyond offers films that dare to be different. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.
"Entrance," Dallas Hallam, Patrick Horvath
"Haunters," Kim Min-suk – South Korea – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
"The Innkeepers," Ti West
"Karate Robo Zarborger," Iguchi Noboru – Japan – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
The Yellow Sea," Na Hong-jin – South Korea
"Boyz n the Hood" (1991), John Singleton – 20th Anniversary Digitally Re-Mastered Screening with a Cast & Crew Reunion
"Das Boot" (1981), Wolfgang Peterson – Germany – 30th Anniversary Digitally Re-Mastered Screening
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
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