LAFF hands out top prizes

‘Out of My Hand’ takes U.S. Fic­tion award and ‘My Love’ wins for doc­u­men­tary.

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

A drama about a Liberian plan­ta­tion worker be­gin­ning a new life in New York City and a doc­u­men­tary about a Korean cou­ple who have been mar­ried for 76 years claimed the top prizes at the Los An­ge­les Film Fes­ti­val on Wed­nes­day.

Takeshi Fuku­naga’s “Out of My Hand” took home the U.S. Fic­tion award, and MoYoung Jin’s “My Love, Don’t Cross That River” won the Doc­u­men­tary Award. Both films made their North Amer­i­can pre­mieres at the fest.

Beata Gardeler’s “Flocken” won the World Fic­tion Award (ded­i­cated to in­ter­na­tional cin­ema), Delila Val­lot’s “Can You Dig This” won the L.A. Muse Award (for work cre­ated about or in Los An­ge­les), Viet Nguyen’s “Crush the Skull” won the Night­fall Award (for genre film), and Bradley Ka­plan’s “Steal­ing Cars” won the Zeit­geist Award (for films rep­re­sent­ing key trends).

Au­di­ence Awards were given to Michael Dwyer and Kaitlin McLaugh­lin’s nar­ra­tive film “Pocha (Man­i­fest Des­tiny)” and two doc­u­men­taries (in a tie): Natalie Johns’ “I Am Tha­lente” and Lili­bet Foster’s “Be Here Now.”

The LAFF, which is spon­sored by the Los An­ge­les Times, will wrap up Thurs­day evening with screen­ings of sev­eral of the win­ning films and a live read­ing of “Fast Times at Ridge­mont High” di­rected by Eli Roth.

Roth re­vealed the cast Wed­nes­day. Lily Collins (“Mir­ror Mir­ror”) and Ha­ley Joel Os­ment (“En­tourage”) will play sib­lings Stacy and Brad Hamil­ton, the in­se­cure sopho­more and pop­u­lar-ish se­nior played by Jen­nifer Jason Leigh and Judge Rein­hold in the orig­i­nal.

Ku­mail Nan­jiani (HBO’s “Sil­i­con Val­ley”) will play would-be ladies’ man Mike Da­mone, Lorenza Izzo will por­tray the in­fa­mous bomb­shell Linda Bar­rett, and Daryl Sabara (“Spy Kids”) will play shy dork Mark Rat­ner.

Aaron Burns, who has worked with Roth on both sides of the cam­era, will play jock Charles Jef­fer­son, and so­cial-media celebri­ties Lo­gan Paul and Nik Keswani will play stoner Jeff Spic­coli and his brother, Curtis.

Last but not least, rock mu­si­cian Court­ney Love is on board as the up­tight teacher Mr. Hand.

In a state­ment to The Times, Roth said: “Ev­ery­one in the read­ing is go­ing to bring some­thing re­ally spe- cial to their role. The orig­i­nal cast is so iconic you can­not re­place them, but we can do a re­ally fun al­ter­nate ver­sion of the movie with ev­ery­one in­ter­pret­ing the char­ac­ters in their own unique way.”

Delirio Films / LAFF

DELILA VAL­LOT’S doc­u­men­tary “Can You Dig This” won the fes­ti­val’s L.A. Muse Award.

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