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Rodrigo Garcia’s “Nine Lives” and Don Roos’ “Happy Endings,” both of which premiered at Sundance, are among films slated for the Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 16-26.

Other films in the lineup, announced Monday, include Wong Kar-wai’s “2046,” Phil Morrison’s “Junebug,” Gus Van Sant’s “Last Days” and Miranda July’s “Me and You and Everyone We Know.”

Starring Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Glenn Close and Stephen Dillane, “Nine Lives” has been chosen as the fest’s Target-sponsored centerpiece premiere, and screens June 21.

Fittingly, “Happy Endings” will screen on closing night, hosted by star Lisa Kudrow, one of the honorary fest chairs. Joining Kudrow are Don Cheadle, who will present the award for narrative feature, and Elijah Wood, who will host the opening night, which kicks off with David Jacobson’s “Down in the Valley.”

Sydney Pollack will be honored as guest director, hosting a two-day filmmaker retreat and programming a sidebar of films that have influenced his work. These include Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Conformist” (1970), Alfred Hitchcock’s “Notorious” (1946) and Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront” (1954).

Rapper RZA (AKA Robert Diggs), founding member of rock group Wu-Tang Clan, will be the fest’s artist in residence. The actor-composer has selected three pics for the festival: Lau Kar-leung’s “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” (1977); Jim Jarmusch’s “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” (1999), for which he wrote the score; and Sergio Leone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966). He’ll also headline a cartoon sesh, “ToonTime With the RZA,” on June 22.

The Los Angeles Film Festival is produced by Film Independent, which also produces the Independent Spirit Awards. Screening facilities include Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters, the Directors Guild of America, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the John Anson Ford Amphitheater, Mann’s National Theater and the ArcLight Hollywood Cinerama Dome.

2005 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP

Opening Night:
“Down in the Valley,” David Jacobson

Centerpiece Premiere:
“Nine Lives,” Rodrigo Garcia

Closing Night:
“Happy Endings,” Don Roos

Summer Previews:
“2046,” Wong Kar Wai – China (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt,” Margaret Brown (Palm Pictures)
“The Beat That My Heart Skipped,” Jacques Audiard – France (Wellspring)
“The Beautiful Country,” Hans Petter Moland – Norway/USA (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Junebug,” Phil Morrison (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Keane,” Lodge H. Kerrigan (Magnolia Pictures)
“Last Days,” Gus Van Sant (HBO/Fine Line)
“Me and You and Everyone We Know,” Miranda July (IFC Films)
“New York Doll,” Greg Whiteley (First Independent Pictures)
“November,” Greg Harrison (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Yes,” Sally Potter – England (Sony Pictures Classics)

Special Event Screenings:
“The Last Laugh” (1924), F.W. Murnau – Germany
“March of the Penguins,” Luc Jacquet – France (Warner Independent Pictures)
“Night Watch,” Timur Bekmambetov – Russia (Fox Searchlight)
“Rize,” David LaChapelle (Lions Gate Films)
ToonTime with the RZA

Narrative Competition:
“Beauty Remains,” Ann Hu – USA/China
“Cavite,” Neill Dela Llana, Ian Gamazon
“Jellysmoke,” Mark Banning
“Nearing Grace,” Rick Rosenthal
“Our Very Own,” Cameron Watson
“Road, “ Leslie McCleave
“Southbounders, “ Ben Wagner
“Trona,” David Fenster

Documentary Competition:
“The Century Plaza,” Eric Lahey
“Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click.,” Canaan Brumley
“Everyone Their Grain of Sand,” Beth Bird – Mexico/USA
“The Grace Lee Project,” Grace Lee
“How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It),” Joe Angio
“In a Nutshell: A Portrait of Elizabeth Tashjian,” Don Bernier
“Romantico,” Mark Becker
“La Sierra,” Scott Dalton, Margarita Martinez – Colombia/USA
“Sir! No Sir!,” David Zeiger
“Stolen,” Rebecca Dreyfus
“To the Other Side,” Natalia Almada – Mexico/USA

International Showcase:
“4,” Ilya Khrzhanovsky – Russia
“Avanim,” Raphael Nadjari – France/Israel
“Before the Flood,” Yan Yu, Li Yifan – China
“Bitter Dream,” Mohsen Amiryoussefi – Iran
“Fatima, the Algerian Woman of Dakar,” Med Hondo – Mauritania/France/Tunisia/Senegal
“The Forest for the Trees,” Maren Ade – Germany
“Le Grand Voyage,” Ismaël Ferroukhi – France/Morocco
“Kamikaze Girls,” Tetsuya Nakashima – Japan (Viz Media)
“One Out of Two,” Alejo Taube – Argentina
“Pilgrimage,” Bahman Kiarostami – Iran
“Sentenced to Marriage,” Anat Zuria – Israel
“Spying Cam,” Whang Cheol Mean – South Korea
“Swenkas,” Jeppe Rønde – Denmark/South Africa (Seventh Art Releasing)
“The Syrian Bride,” Eran Riklis – France/Germany/Israel (Koch Lorber)
“Tony Takitani,” Jun Ichikawa – Japan (Strand Releasing)
“Unknown White Male,” Rupert Murray – England (Wellspring)
“Vento di Terra,” Vincenzo Marra – Italy
“Waiting for the Clouds,” Yesim Ustaoglu – France/Germany/Greece/Turkey

Spotlight: Drawing Outside the Lines: Animation From Out of the Past and Around the World
Before Anime: Japanese Animation 1925-1946
A Decade of Iranian Animation – The 70’s
Tales and Legends from Africa
Walt Disney’s Alice Comedies

Dark Wave:
“The Ape,” James Franco
“Promedio Rojo,” Nicholás López – Chile/Spain
“R-Point,” Kong Su-chang – South Korea (Tartan Films)
“The Roost,” Ti West – Sponsored by Target

Guest Director Sidebar: Sydney Pollack
“The Conformist” (1970), Bernardo Bertolucci
“Notorious” (1946), Alfred Hitchcock
“On The Waterfront” (1954), Elia Kazan

Artist in Residence Sidebar: The RZA
“The 36th Chamber of Shaolin” (1977), Lau Kar-leung
“Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” (1999), Jim Jarmusch
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), Sergio Leone

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