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‘Garden’ party at L.A. fest

'Clearing' will close event

The 10th annual Los Angeles Film Festival will open June 17 with Zach Braff’s “Garden State.” Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunset” is slated as the centerpiece premiere and Robert Redford starrer “The Clearing” will close the event June 26.

Competition titles include Mark Christopher’s “Pizza,” Ken Kwapis’ “Sexual Life” and Jonathan Caouette’s “Tarnation.”

Written and directed by Braff, “Garden State” stars Braff, Ian Holm, Method Man, Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard. Pic bowed at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired worldwide by Fox Searchlight and Miramax Films. Fox Searchlight will release the pic domestically July 30.

“Before Sunset,” which stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, is a sequel to Linklater’s “Before Sunrise.” Warners Independent Pictures will release the film July 2.

“The Clearing” stars Redford, Helen Mirren and Willem Dafoe in a drama about an FBI investigator whose wife is kidnapped. Fox Searchlight will release the pic July 2.

Mira Nair will oversee the guest director sidebar.

A total of 195 films, including 83 features from 31 countries, will screen at the festival. This year the fest received more than 2,800 submissions from filmmakers around the world. Richard Raddon serves as festival director, with Rachel Rosen as director of programming.

OPENING FILM
“Garden State” (Zach Braff)

CENTERPIECE PREMIERE
“Before Sunset” (Richard Linklater)

CLOSING FILM
“The Clearing” (Robert Redford)

NARRATIVE COMPETITION
“After the Apocalypse” (Yasuaki Nakajima)
“Bad Meat” (Scott Dikkers)
“Fighting Tommy Riley” (Eddie O’Flaherty) (World Premiere)
“Invisible Light” (Gina Kim)
“Men Without Jobs” (Mad Matthewz)
“Pizza” (Mark Christopher) (World Premiere)
“Robbing Peter” (Mario F. de la Vega) (World Premiere)
“Sexual Life” (Ken Kwapis) (World Premiere)
“Unknown Soldier” (Ferenc Toth)
“Wilderness Survival for Girls” (Eli Despres and Kim Roberts) (World Premiere)

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
“A Hard Straight” (Goro Toshima)
“Another Road Home” (Danae Elon)
“Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating” (Chris Kenneally and Danielle Franco)
“Imelda” (Ramona S. Diaz)
“Monster Road” (Brett Ingram)
“Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America” (Kelly Duane)
“Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power” (Sandra Dickson and Churchill Roberts) (World Premiere)
“Rock School” (Don Argott)
“Tarnation” (Jonathan Caouette)
“The Last of the First” (Anja Baron)
“Up For Grabs” (Michael Wranovics)

INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE
“Al’l¨¨ssi . . . An African Actress” (Niger) (U.S. Premiere)
“As Life Goes By” (France) (North American Premiere)
“A Taste of Murder” (France)
“A Thousand Months” (Morocco/France/Belgium)
“B-Happy” (Chile)
“Dame La Mano” (Netherlands)
“Free Radicals” (Austria)
“Goodbye, Dragon Inn” (Taiwan)
“Michael Blanco” (Belgium/France/USA) (World Premiere)
“Nina” (Brazil) (North American Premiere)
“Red Lights” (France)
“Roads to Koktebel” (Russia)
“Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus” (England)
“South of the Clouds” (China)
“The Center” (Germany) (U.S. Premiere)
“The Island” (Italy)
“The Magic Gloves” (Argentina)
“Untold Scandal” (South Korea)
“Vibrator” (Japan)
“XV in Zaachila” (Mexico)

EVENT SCREENING
“Man with a Movie Camera” with live music by Oranger

FAMILY DAY SCREENINGS
“The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T” – Screening and Read-Along, preceded by a read-along of Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham.”
“Two Brothers” (Universal Pictures)
“Yellow Submarine”

SPECIAL SCREENINGS
“Another State of Mind”
“Cowards Bend the Knee”
“Dear Frankie”
“DIG!”
“Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle”
“Hero”
“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”
“Intimate Strangers”
“La otra”
“Maria Full of Grace”
“Metallica: Some Kind of Monster”
“Overnight”
“The Spook Who Sat By The Door”
“We Don’t Live Here Anymore”
“Woman Thou Art Loosed”
“Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession”

FREE SCREENINGS
“Krush Groove”
“Chisholm ’72 – Unbought & Unbossed”
“The Hunting of the President”
“High Tension” (Lions Gate)
“Ju-On: The Grudge” (Lions Gate)
“Mojave” (World Premiere)

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