'The Way, Way Back,' 'The Spectacular Now' to Highlight L.A. Film Fest
"The Descendants" writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's "The Way, Way Back" will serve as the closing-night attraction at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, Film Independent announced on Wednesday.
Also on the slate for LAFF: James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now," Nicholas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives," Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station" and a 20th anniversary screening of Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused."
Although past LAFF lineups have included special screenings of such blockbuster offerings as "The Avengers," "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and "Despicable Me," this year's slate for the most part focuses on independent films and favorites from festivals like Sundance. Additional films and programs will still be announced, though.
The international selection will include Joshua Oppenheimer's chilling documentary "The Act of Killing," Afghanistan's Oscar entry, "The Patience Stone," and Haifaa Al Mansour's "Wadjda," the first film shot in Saudi Arabia by a female Saudi director.
Notable films in the Summer Showcase section include David Lowery's Sundance favorite "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," Lucy Walker's documentary "The Crash Reel," Ava DuVernay's "Venus Vs." and Lake Bell's "In a World..."
In addition to the "Dazed and Confused" showing, community screenings will include a 25th anniversary "dance-along" screening of John Waters' "Hairspray" and Jacob Kornbluth's economic-crisis documentary "Inequality for All."
Although many of the films have premiered at festivals including Sundance and Toronto, the lineup will include more than a dozen world premieres, most in the narrative and documentary competition sections.
Film Independent, which produces the festival, previously announced that Pedro Almodovar's kinky comedy "I'm So Excited!" will serve as the fest's opening-night attraction.
This year's festival will run from June 13 through June 23 in downtown Los Angeles, with the same home base – the L.A. Live complex, and its Regal Cinemas multiplex – that LAFF has used since 2012.
Producer Stephanie Allain serves as director of the festival, and former film critic David Ansen is its artistic director. Director David O. Russell will serve as this year's guest director and receive the festival's Spirit of Independence Award.
Last year's LAFF films included Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love," Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," the premiere of Pixar's "Brave" and the documentaries "The Invisible War" and "Searching for Sugar Man."
Additional information is available at the festival website.
Narrative Competition: • All Together Now, Alexander Mirecki – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • Forev, Molly Green, James Leffler – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • Forty Years From Yesterday, Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • Four Dogs, Joe Burke – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • Goodbye World, Denis Henry Hennelly – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • The House That Jack Built, Henry Barrial – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • I.D., Kamal K M – India – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE • Mother, I Love You, Janis Nords – Latvia – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE • My Sisterʼs Quinceañera, Aaron Douglas Johnston – USA – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE • Pollywogs, Karl Jacob, Todd Arthur Cottam – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • Winter in the Blood, Andrew Smith, Alex Smith – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • Workers, Jose Luis Valle – Mexico/Germany – US PREMIERE
Documentary Competition: • All of Me, Alexandra Lescaze – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, Grace Lee – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • Code Black, Ryan McGarry – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • The Island of Saint Matthews, Kevin Jerome Everson – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band, Christopher Quilty, Tamar Halpern – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • My Stolen Revolution, Nahid Persson Sarvestani – Sweden – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE • The New Black, Yoruba Richen – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • Rain, Olivia Rochette, Gerard-Jan Claes – Belgium – US PREMIERE • Tapia, Eddie Alcazar – USA – WORLD PREMIERE • Purgatorio, Rodrigo Reyes – Mexico/USA – US PREMIERE
International Showcase: • The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn – Denmark/Norway/UK (Drafthouse Films) • Black Out, Eva Weber – UK – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE • Boxing Day, Bernard Rose – UK • Dormant Beauty, Marco Bellocchio – Italy • Drug War, Johnnie To – China • Ernest & Celestine, Stéphanie Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner – France (Gkids) • The Expedition to the End of the World, Daniel Dancik – Denmark • The Fifth Season, Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth – Belgium/Netherlands/France • House with a Turret, Eva Neymann – Ukraine • The Moo Man, Andy Heathcote, Heike Bachelier – UK • Nobodyʼs Daughter Haewon, Hong Sang-soo – Korea – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE • The Patience Stone, Atiq Rahimi – Afghanistan/France/Germany/UK (Sony Pictures Classics) • Wadjda, Haifaa Al Mansour – Saudi Arabia/United Arab Emirates/Germany (Sony Pictures Classics) • When I Saw You, Annemarie Jacir – Palestine/Jordan/Greece/United Arab Emirates/USA • The Women and the Passenger, Valentina Mac-Pherson, Patricia Correra – Chile – US PREMIERE