The ninth iteration of CineVegas kicks off with a glitzy, perfect-for-the-Strip screening of “Ocean’s Thirteen” with many of its high-powered cast in attendance.
The fest closes with another likely crowdpleaser, John Dahl’s “You Kill Me,” a laffer about an undertaker-hit man, played by Ben Kingsley, who falls in love with a relative of a man he embalmed.
Yet CineVegas has earned its rep as a fest-on-the-rise not by playing to jump-suited tourists but with edgier fare aimed at local auds.
“Las Vegans, more than people in any other city, have seen it all,” says fest artistic director Trevor Groth. “Therefore they are open to anything and appreciate it when they see something that surprises them and can give them a rush.”
New in 2007 is La Proxima Ola, dedicated to the next wave of Mexican films and filmmakers.
Also new is Modern Crusaders, which spotlights political docs. Featured this year are a bio of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal and the story of an ex-Marine who helped expose the genocide at Darfur.
Returning segments include Jackpot Premieres; Sure Bets, which showcases pics that have distribution; Diamond Discoveries, films seeking distribution; and Area 52, for underground pics.