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L.A. Film Festival to premiere 'Twilight: Eclipse' and open with 'The Kids Are All Right'

May 4, 2010 |  9:55 am

6a00d8341c630a53ef0133ece73c42970b-300wi Next month, the Los Angeles Film Festival will probably welcome a new contingent: throngs of screaming girls.

The annual event announced its lineup Tuesday morning, which will feature an invitation-only screening of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” the long-awaited next installment in the popular vampire franchise.

The Los Angeles Times-sponsored festival -- which offers both specialty cinema and popcorn programming -- runs June 17-27, when more than 200 films, music videos and shorts from over 40 countries will screen (including 28 world, North American and U.S. premieres). This year, the event will move from its old stomping grounds in Westwood to downtown L.A., where many screenings will take place at L.A. Live.

Hot off of its buzz worthy Sundance run, Lisa Cholodenko’s quirky family comedy “The Kids Are All Right” will kick off the festival, which will close with Universal’s 3-D CGI film “Despicable Me.” Instead of a centerpiece film, the 16th annual festival will this year host a number of galas screenings that will include Sony Pictures Classics’ “Animal Kingdom”; Fox Searchlight’s “Cyrus,” starring Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly; “Mahler on the Couch”; and “Revolucion,” a series of short films by the likes of Gael Garcia Bernal and Rodrigo Garcia.

Check out the full line-up below the jump.

Opening-night film:

•     "The Kids Are All Right" -- Lisa Cholodenko (Focus Features)

Closing-night film:

•     "Despicable Me" -- Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Sergio Pablos (Universal Pictures) WORLD PREMIERE

Bonus by Invitation Screening:

•     "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" -- David Slade (Summit Entertainment) WORLD PREMIERE

Gala Screenings (5):

•     "Animal Kingdom" -- David Michod [Australia] (Sony Pictures Classics)
•     "Cyrus" -- Jay and Mark Duplass (Fox Searchlight)
•     "Mahler on the Couch" -- Percy and Felix Adlon -- WORLD PREMIERE
•     "Revolucion" -- Mariana Chenillo, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo Garcia, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Pia, Carlos Reygadas and Patricia Riggen [Mexico] -- N. AMERICAN PREMIERE
•     "Waiting for Superman" -- Davis Guggenheim (Paramount Vantage)

Narrative Competition (9):

•     "Dog Sweat" -- Hossein Keshavarz [Iran] -- WORLD PREMIERE
•     "A Family" -- Pernille Fischer Christensen [Denmark] -- N. AMERICAN PREMIERE
•     "Hello Lonesome" -- Adam Reid -- WORLD PREMIERE
•     "The New Year" -- Brett Haley
•     "Of Love and Other Demons" -- Hilda Hidalgo [Costa Rica/Colombia] -- N. AMERICAN PREMIERE   •     "Orly" -- Angela Schanelec -- [Germany/France] -- N. AMERICAN PREMIERE
•     "Parade" -- Isao Yukisada -- [Japan] -- N. AMERICAN PREMIERE
•     "Upstate" -- Katherine Nolfi and Andrew Luis -- WORLD PREMIERE
•     "The Wolf Knife" -- Laurel Nakadate -- WORLD PREMIERE

Documentary Competition (9):

•     "Camera, Camera" -- Malcolm Murray -- WORLD PREMIERE
•     "Circo" -- Aaron Schock [USA/Mexico] -- WORLD PREMIERE
•     "One Lucky Elephant" -- Lisa Leeman -- WORLD PREMIERE
•     "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" -- Lev Anderson, Chris Metzler -- WORLD PREMIERE
•     "Farewell" -- Ditteke Mensink [Netherlands] -- U.S. PREMIERE
•     "Life with Murder" -- John Kastner [Canada] -- U.S. PREMIERE
•     "Make Believe" -- J. Clay Tweel -- WORLD PREMIERE
•     "Vlast" -- Cathryn Collins
•     "Where Are You Taking Me?" -- Kimi Takesue -- N. AMERICAN PREMIERE

International Showcase (20):

•     "1428" -- Du Hai-bin (China)
•     "Army of Crime" -- Robert Guediguian [France] (Kino)
•     "Bibliotheque Pascal" -- Szabolcs Hajdu -- [Germany/Hungary/England] -- N. AMERICAN PREMIERE
•     "Café Noir" -- Jung Sung-il  [South Korea] -- N. AMERICAN PREMIERE
•     "Disco & Atomic War" --- Jaak Kilmi and Kiur Aarma [Estonia/Finland]
•     "Down Terrace" -- Ben Wheatley [England] (Magnolia Pictures)
•     "Eastern Plays" -- Kamen Kalev [Bulgaria]
•     "Eyes Wide Open" -- Haim Tabakman [Israel/Germany/France] (New American Vision)
•     "Family Tree" -- Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau [France]
•     "Golden Slumber" -- Yoshihiro Nakamura [Japan] -- N. AMERICAN PREMIERE
•     "Judge" -- Liu Jie [China]
•     "La Pivellina" -- Rainer Frimmel and Tizza Covi [Austria/Italy]
•     "Lebanon, Samuel Maoz" [Israel] (Sony Pictures Classics)
•     "The Peddler" -- Eduardo de la Serna, Lucas Marcheggiano and Adriana Yurcovich [Argentina]
•     "R" -- Tobias Lindholm and Michael Noer [Denmark]
•     "The Red Chapel" -- Mads Brugger [Denmark]
•     "Secrets of the Tribe" -- José Padilha [England/Brazil]
•     "Space Tourists' -- Christian Frei [Switzerland]
•     "Street Days" -- Levan Koguashvili [Georgia]
•     "Woman on Fire Looks For Water" -- Woo Ming Jin [Malaysia/South Korea]

Summer Screenings (12):

•     "Ain’t In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm" -- Jacob Hatley
•     "Cane Toads: The Conquest" -- Mark Lewis [Australia/U.S.]
•     "Cold Weather" -- Aaron Katz
•     "Four Lions" -- Christopher Morris [England]
•     "Kings of Pastry" -- D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (First Run Features)
•     "Marwencol" -- Jeff Malmberg
•     "Monsters" -- Gareth Edwards (Magnolia Pictures)
•     "Night Catches Us" -- Tanya Hamilton (Magnolia Pictures)
•     "The Tillman Story" -- Amir Bar-Lev (Weinstein Co.)
•     "Tiny Furniture" -- Lena Dunham (IFC Films)
•     "Welcome to the Rileys" -- Jake Scott (Apparition, Destination Films)
•     "White Material" -- Claire Denis [France] (IFC Films)

Outdoor Screenings at the Ford Amphitheatre (4): 

•     "Centurion" -- Neil Marshall [England] (Magnolia Pictures)
•     "The Last Exorcism" -- Daniel Stamm (Lionsgate) – WORLD PREMIERE
•     "The People vs. George Lucas" -- Alexandre O. Philippe
•     "Thunder Soul" -- Mark Landsman 

International Spotlight (4): 

•     "The Fall" (1959)
•     "The Hand in the Trap" (1961)
•     "The House of the Angel" (1957)
•     "The Seven Madmen" (1973)

Selections from the Ambulante Film Festival (3):

•     "One Day Less" -- Dariela Ludlow [Mexico] U.S. PREMIERE
•     "Presumed Guilty" -- Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith [Mexico]
•     "The Toledo Report" -- Albino Álvarez Gomez [Mexico]

Community Screenings (4):

•     "Climate Refugees" -- Michael P. Nash -- Grand Performances Screening
•     "Gasland" -- Josh Fox
•     "Lost Angels" -- Thomas Napper -- WORLD PREMEIRE
•     "A Small Act" -- Jennifer Arnold  -- Project:Involve Screening

The Beyond (4):

•     "All About Evil" -- Joshua Grannell
•     "Bitter Feast" -- Joe Maggio -- WORLD PREMIERE
•     "Mandrill" -- Ernesto Diaz Espinoza [Chile]
•     "Separado!" -- Gruff Rhys and Dylan Goch [Wales] -- U.S. PREMIERE

Special Screenings (3):

•     "The Life of Richard Wagner" (1913) -- Carl Froelich
•     "The Wheeler Boys, Philip G. Flores" -- WORLD PREMIERE -- Netflix FIND Your Voice Winner
•     "Utopia in Four Movements" -- David Cerf and Sam Green

UCLA Film & T.V. Archive Collaborations, L.A. Film Critics: The Films That Got Away (2):

•     "The Happiest Girl in the World" (2009) -- Radu Jude [Romania]
•     "Katalin Varga" (2009) -- Peter Strickland [Romania/England]

Downtown Confidential (2):

•     "Hickey and Boggs" (1972) -- Robert Culp
•     "The Driver" (1978) -- Walter Hill

The Film Foundation Screening Program (2): 

•     "The Leopard" (1963) -- Luchino Visconti -- Presented by the Film Foundation and Gucci as part of “Cinema Visionaries.”
•     "The Music Room" (1958) -- Satyajit Ray -- Presented by the Film Foundation and American Express as part of "20 Years/20 Films."

Short Films (33):

•     Shorts Program 1-5

Future Filmmakers Showcase: High School Shorts (32):

•     Programs 1-2

Music Videos (60):

•     Eclectic Mix 1-2"
•     Big in Japan: A Survey of Japanese Music Videos

-- Amy Kaufman

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LA Film Festival will be amazing this year- downtown is definitely a great venue for it. I'm an indie filmmaker myself just starting out in the biz- Recently produced a new film through the web. Check out imadeamovie.com for more info on it. Love to chat with any other aspiring filmmakers- hit me up!


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