LA's big downtown fest kicks off 11 of the most fun days Los Angeles has on the calendar this Thursday. Aside from plenty of parties and way more than anyone's share of karaoke, LAFF has a pretty damned good slate of movies on offer as well. We've got our most extensive coverage of the festival in ScreenAnarchy's history planned for you this year. We're going to start things off with a full preview of the titles that caught our eye. Let us know what you'd like to see!
's male stripper rom-com-dram makes its premiere as the closing night of LAFF. Channing Tatum
and Cody Horn
's romance look to be the main through line from the trailer
, but look for Matthew McConaughey
and Alex Pettyfer
playing co-strippers with Tatum to be the real meat of the comedy.
TO ROME WITH LOVE
It's a new Woody Allen
movie that kick things off at LAFF this year. Allen stars alongside Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alison Pill, Greta Gerwig, Alec Baldwin, Judy Davis,
and Roberto Benigni
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
We've raved and raved about this movie since its Sundance premiere (our review
). It killed in Cannes and director Benh Zeitlin
just took home the Best Director award at Seattle Int'l Film Fest. Look for the love fest to continue as the film makes its LA premiere at LAFF.
Pixar's latest summer blockbuster is launching with an LAFF Gala premiere at this year's fest. The animated film is co-directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman,
and Steve Purcell
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
took home the Dramatic Directing Prize at Sundance and brings her African American female identity drama to LAFF for some Gala love.
SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD
's directorial debut end of the world rom-com starring Steve Carell
and Keira Knightley
will make its debut at the fest.
's offbeat indie drama is the story of a man who takes advantage of his father's Parkinson's Disease to woo an attractive young woman.
of Tiny Furniture
fame, hits the road with his movie where he directs himself playing an indie filmmaker hitting the road with his movie.
A NIGHT TOO YOUNG
This hilarious sounding Czech coming-of-ager follows a couple of 12-year-old boys as they embark on a night of strange sexual encounters.
BREAKFAST WITH CURTIS
Michael A. Jackman
's mirthful coming of age gardening drama tells the story of a boy spending the summer with some odd neighbors.
CRAZY & THIEF
Starring his own children, Cory McAbee
's film follows two young kids, ages 7 and 2, on an adventure across New York City.
A BAND CALLED DEATH
and Mark Covino
's documentary is the chronicle of pioneering early '70s Detroit African American punk outfit Death
CALL ME KUCHU
This is the story of David Kato
, an openly gay activist in a Uganda where the persecuted LGBT community risk death for being vocal. Katherine Fairfax Wright
and Malika Zouhali-Worrall
's doc took home the Best Int'l Doc award at Hot Docs as well as a number of honors from Berlin.
VAMPIRA AND ME
R. H. Greene
's doc delves into the mystery of Vampira, Hollywood's original 1950s gothic vixen icon.
THE IRAN JOB
Go inside the Iranian Super League, Iran's version of the NBA, and meet the league's lone American baller, Kevin Sheppard, in Till Schauder
's debut feature doc.
BIG EASY EXPRESS
's concert docu follows Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
, and Old Crow Medicine Show
on a vintage train concert tour across America.
IT'S A DISASTER
David Cross, Julia Stiles,
and America Ferrara
are the big names headlining Todd Berger
's Woody Allen-esque couples' brunch-gone-bad comedy.
GIMME THE LOOT
LAFF continues their tradition of featuring the big SXSW winner with Adam Leon
's graffiti writing love story starring Tashiana Washington
and Ty Hickson
QUEEN OF VERSAILLES
won the US Docu Directing prize at Sundance for this look at real estate wealth gone wacky.
ROBOT & FRANK
's delightful Frank Langella
-as-octogenarian-cat-burgular dramedy found plenty of fans at Sundance. Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeremy Sisto
, and Jeremy Strong
all turn in excellent performances as well.
CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER
co-wrote this relationship laugher with Will McCormack
in which she co-stars with Andy Samberg
. Also featuring Chris Messina, Ari Graynor, Eric Christian Olsen, Will McCormack, Elijah Wood,
and Emma Roberts
, Lee Toland Krieger
's film debuted to a warm reception at Sundance last January.
BUNOHAN: RETURN TO MURDER
's complex Malaysian family dynamic crime drama has beautiful cinematography and a poetic rhythm that Asian film fans should enjoy.
This Swedish high society crime thriller by Daniel Espinosa
has at least one big fan at ScreenAnarchy in head honcho Todd Brown who called it
, "The best Nordic crime film since Nicholas Winding Refn's Pusher II
THE LAST ELVIS
's Argentinian Elvis impersonator drama found plenty of big fans at Sundance.
This Swiss film by Ursula Meier
tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who steals ski equipment from a local resort to support his sister and himself.
RETURN TO BURMA
Director Midi Z
's docu-drama follows an ex-pat as he returns to a changed Myanmar.
SATURDAY MORNING MASSACRE
inspired horror looks to capitalize on the recent trend of lots of blood and and lots of fun.
THE KING OF PIGS
This South Korean indie animation focuses on teen violence and bullying.
JUAN OF THE DEAD
The zombies have overtaken Havana in Alejandro Brugues
's fun Fantastic Fest feature.
THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK
With a sci-fi plot about two comedic folk singers (from outer space) in Brooklyn, you'd be excused for thinking J. Anderson Mitchell
and Jeremy Kipp Walker
's film sounds like a lost episode of Flight of the Conchords
. Let's hope it can compare - those are some pretty big homemade robot costumes to fill.