L.A. fest spotlights ‘Public Enemies’

Johnny Depp pic to screen at festival

Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies,” starring Johnny Depp, will screen June 23 as the Centerpiece premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Film Independent made the announcement Tuesday as part of disclosing the lineup selection of more than 70 features, 70 shorts and 50 musicvideos for the June 18-28 event. Dates for the other screenings, along with panels, workshops and artists in residence, will be announced in coming weeks.

Universal opens “Public Enemies,” also starring Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard, on July 1.

Fest director Rebecca Yeldham told Daily Variety that the event should outdraw last year’s 85,000 attendees despite the recession.

“It would be inappropriate to have big flashy parties, but we’ll have plenty of substance and quality,” she said. “It’s a celebration of film, irrespective of origin.”

The org said that four of seven pics in the narrative competition will be world premieres: Suzi Yoonessi’s “Dear Lemon Lima,” Jason Bushman’s “Hollywood, je t’aime,” Matt Bissonnette’s “Passenger Side” and Sam Fleischner and Ben Chace’s “Wa Do Dem (What They Do).” Alicia Scherson’s “Turistas” and Tariq Tapa’s “Zero Bridge” will make their U.S. preems at the fest. Bob Byington’s “Harmony and Me” was also selected for the competition.

Film Independent also named 11 titles for its Summer Showcase, which offers an advanced look at the summer’s “most talked about” indie film releases from the fest circuit: Claire Denis’ “35 Shots of Rum,” John Maringouin’s “Big River Man,” Sophie Barthes’ “Cold Souls,” Pete McCormack’s “Facing Ali,” Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday,” Armando Iannucci’s “In the Loop,” Davis Guggenheim’s “It Might Get Loud,” Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein’s “No Impact Man,” Nicholas Jasenovec’s “Paper Heart,” Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Still Walking” and Ondi Timoner’s “We Live in Public.”

The fest will feature four world premieres in its documentary competition: Hilla Medalia’s “After the Storm,” Fredrik Gertten’s “Bananas!,” Brent Meeske’s “Branson” and Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s “October Country.” Film Independent tapped veteran producer and exec Yeldham as its director earlier this year to succeed Richard Raddon.

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