Film Independent has set Kasi Lemmons’ “Talk to Me” and Danny Boyle’s “Sunshine” as the opening- and closing-night films for this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival.
Fest, which runs June 21-July 1, will include the previously announced presentation to Clint Eastwood of the Spirit of Independence Award on June 28. Tony Bennett, the focus of a documentary for which Eastwood serves as exec producer, will make the presentation.
Focus Features’ “Talk to Me” will unspool at the Mann Village Theater. Biopic about ex-con/radio personality Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene stars Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Mike Epps, Vondie Curtis Hall and Martin Sheen.
Fox Searchlight’s “Sunshine” will screen at the Wadsworth Theater. Sci-fier stars Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Cillian Murphy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Strong, Benedict Wong and Michelle Yeoh.
The festival will be centered in Westwood Village with 230 feature films, shorts and musicvideos, as well as coffee talks, poolside chats and other events.
Lineup includes eight pics in the narrative competition for emerging filmmakers, 11 in the docu competition, 21 in the international showcase and 13 in summer previews, including “Charlie Bartlett,” “Chasing Ghosts,” “Does Your Soul Have a Cold?,” “Exiled,” “Great World of Sound,” “The Hottest State,” “How to Cook Your Life,” “Interview,” “The Last Winter,” “Moliere,” “Rocket Science,” “Two Days in Paris” and “War/Dance.”
Fest will also feature tribute screenings of “A Christmas Story,” “Chinatown,” “The Elephant Man” and “Love Story.”