Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Thirteen” will open the ninth annual CineVegas Film Festival, while John Dahl’s alcoholic hit man comedy “You Kill Me” will close it.
“All God’s Children Can Dance,” Robert Logevall’s film on a Koreatown teenager whose mother believes he’s the son of God, joins Todd Breau’s murderous tale “Throwing Stars” and Luke Eberl’s “Choose Connor,” an exploration of the dark side of politics, in making their world debuts in the fest’s Jackpot Premieres section. Pics including Cristian Nemescu’s “California Dreamin’ (Endless),” screening in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, and Marshall Lewy’s “Blue State,” the Breckin Meyer starrer about an activist working on the Kerry campaign, which screened at Tribeca, unspool in Diamond Discoveries in hopes of picking up U.S. distribution.
CineVegas’ La Proxima Ola strives to discover the next wave of Mexican filmmakers and gives U.S. preems to Simon Bross’ “Bad Habits” and Jesus Magana Vazquez’s “Once Upon a Time Maria.”
Olivier Dahan’s “La Vie en rose,” Mark Palansky’s Christina Ricci starrer “Penelope,” Andrea Stewart’s docu on the Jamaican dogsled team “Sun Dogs” and Zoe Cassavetes romancer “Broken English” get screened in advance of their Stateside releases in the Sure Bet field.
Billed as Modern Crusaders, political docus “The Devil Came on Horseback,” directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, and Richard Trank’s “I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal” add a gravitas to films dubbed Area 52 focusing on cult and midnight movies.
David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” leads the Area 52 selection where Giuseppe Andrews’ “Garbanzo Gas,” a surreal take on animal abuse dedicated to PETA, screens with Nina Menkes’ femme drama “Phantom Love,” Anna Biller’s tribute to vintage sexploitation “VIVA” and taped live of the Los Angeles based wild-West video music mixing performance act “A Vidjoe Rodeoe” for a chance at being the next cult classic.
Fest runs June 6-16 at the Palms Casino Resort and the Brenden Theaters.