The fine folks at Film Independent have announced the opening night film for Downtown's big LA Film Fest 2012 and it is a star studded affair. This year's opener is the North American premiere of Woody Allen's TO ROME WITH LOVE starring Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni,
Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. Notice that is the North American premiere and not the World premiere --
which pretty much confirms the film will make it's big debut at Cannes a few weeks prior (Update: The film will actually World Premiere in Rome on April 20th -RA). Sony Pictures Classics plans to release the film in the states on June 22nd.
"I can't think of a better way to kick off this year's festival than with the original independent filmmaker himself, Woody Allen. It's a true honor for Los Angeles to host the North American premiere of To Rome With Love," said Festival Director Stephanie Allain.
The festival unspools June 14th and runs through June 24nd. ScreenAnarchy will endeavor to bring you the same high level of fest coverage you have come to expect. Stay tuned for more news as the festival draws nearer. More info from LAFF's press release follows.
Now in its eighteenth year, the Los Angeles Film Festival, supported by L.A. LIVE and The Los Angeles Times, is widely recognized as a world-class event, showcasing the best in new American and international cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world.
The Festival features unique signature programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks, Music Events and more. Additionally, the Festival screens short films created by high school students and has a special section devoted to music videos.
Over 200 features, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries, make up the main body of the Festival.
The Festival hosts juried cash awards for best narrative and documentary features, best narrative, documentary and animated short film, and a jury award for best performance in the narrative competition. Audience awards are also presented to best documentary, narrative and international feature, short film and music video.
The Los Angeles Film Festival is presented in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, Principal and Opening Night Sponsor Virgin America and Platinum sponsors Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and EFILM and Nokia. Special support is provided by FOCUS FORWARD - a partnership between GE and Cinelan, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Official Screening Venue is Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14. The Los Angeles Athletic Club is the Official Host Hotel and Virgin America is the Official Airline Partner. WireImage is the Official Photography Agency and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.