Steven Soderbergh directed the male stripper dramatic comedy starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey. Festival organisers unveiled the line-up on Tuesday (May 1), which as previously announced opens with Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love.
World premieres include DreamWorks’ family drama People Like Us with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks. Festival events include a free outdoor Dirty Dancing Dance-A-Long at California Plaza on Jun 22 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film.
The festival is scheduled to run from Jun 14-24 and returns to downtown Los Angeles and is headquartered at L.A. LIVE for the third year.
The ten narrative competition entries bring together world premieres of Breakfast With Curtis, Dead Man’s Burden, Four, Pincus and Red Flag as well as North American premieres of All Is Well (Portugal), The Compass Is Carried By The Dead Man (Mexico), Crazy And Thief, A Night Too Young (Czech Republic) and Thursday Till Sunday (Chile).
The documentary competition comprises world premieres of 25 To Life, A Band Called Death, Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin And The Farm Midwives, The Iran Job (US-Germany-Iran), Sun Kissed and Vampira And Me plus US premieres of Call Me Kuchu, Drought (Mexico) and Words Of Witness (Egypt-US).
The International Showcase includes the North American premiere of Sister (Switzerland), Without Gorky (UK), Unforgivable (France), Teddy Bear (Denmark), Neighboring Sounds (Brazil) and Bestiaire (Canada). Films in this section are eligible for audience awards for best international feature, best narrative or best documentary.
The previously announced gala screenings are Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World and Sundance 2012 entries Beasts Of The Southern Wild (pictured) from Benh Zeitlin’s and Middle Of Nowhere from Ava DuVernay.
“There is nothing more satisfying than shining a spotlight on so many unique films from both seasoned and emerging filmmakers. Come experience the wonder of Beasts Of The Southern Wild, let Call Me Kuchu break your heart and call you to action, or simply be entertained by Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike,” festival director Stephanie Allain said.
“I’m excited to have such giants as Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh and André Téchiné alongside some amazing first-time filmmakers whose names you’ll be hearing a lot in the future,” festival artistic director David Ansen said.
This year the festival received 5,283 submissions from filmmakers around the world, compared to 5,025 last year. The final selections represent 30 world, North American and US premieres, which includes premiere status for films previously announced. Nineteen of the premieres are in the narrative and documentary competition sections.
For the full line-up visit the official website.