A change in the program
Like many young twentysomethings, the Los Angeles Film Festival has experimented with its identity as it’s grown up, often screening scrappy indies, serious-minded documentaries and splashy studio pictures side by side. For its 21st installment, which takes place Wednesday through June 18 and is sponsored by The Times, the festival is refocusing on world premieres, first-time filmmakers and diversity. Here’s a look at some of the programming sections and selected films.
Opening film: “Grandma,” Paul Weitz’s dramedy starring Lily Tomlin as an ornery seventysomething poet who helps her teenage granddaughter try to rustle up money for an abortion.
Closing film: To be announced.
U.S. fiction competition: Narrative films by emerging and established American directors, such as Dennis Hauck’s thriller “Too Late,” starring John Hawkes as a troubled private investigator.
World fiction competition: Narrative films from across the globe, such as Sara Blecher’s South African coming-of-age tale “Ayanda and the Mechanic.”
Documentary competition: Non fiction movies fromthe U.S. and abroad, including Daphne McWilliams’ “In a
Perfect World,” about men whowere raised by single mothers.
L.A. Muse: Los Angeles centric narrative and documentary features, including Zoe R. Cassevetes’ drama “Day Out of Days,” about a 40-year-old actress (Alexia Landeau) trying to survive in cutthroat Hollywood.
Nightfall: A new section spotlighting horror movies, like Tomm Jacobsen, Michael Rousselet and Jon Salmon’s mock-slasher sequel “Dude Bro Party Massacre III.”
LILY TOMLIN stars as seventysomething Elle and Julia Garner as Sage, Elle’s granddaughter, in Paul Weitz’s “Grandma.” It opens the Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs fromWednesday through June 18.
“IT’S ALREADY TOMORROW in Hong Kong” stars Bryan Greenberg as an American expat and Jamie Chung as a Chinese American visiting Hong Kong.
OC UKEJE is David and Fulu Mugovhani is Ayanda in “Ayanda and the Mechanic,” a South African coming-of-age tale directed by Sara Blecher.
JOHN ROOHINIAN and Levon Sharafyan star in Christopher Chambers’ drama “Aram, Aram.”
“INCORRUPTIBLE,” directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi, will screen at the Los Angeles festival.