A change in the pro­gram

Los Angeles Times - - MOVIES - By Oliver Get­tell Oliver.get­tell@la­times.com

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.”

GlenWil­son Sony Pic­tures Clas­sics

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.”

Pho­to­graphs from LAFF

“IN­COR­RUPT­IBLE,” di­rected by E. Chai Vasarhe­lyi, will screen at the Los An­ge­les fes­ti­val.

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