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Lily Tomlin’s ‘Grandma’ to Open Los Angeles Film Festival

The Los Angeles Film Festival has selected Lily Tomlin comedy “Grandma” as the opening-night film of this year’s festival on June 10. The film co-stars Julia Garner, Laverne Cox, Marcia Gay Harden and Judy Greer.

The festival, now in its 21st year, returns to downtown Los Angeles at the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live.

Directed by Paul Weitz, the movie stars Tomlin as the woman whose granddaughter unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. The duo spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

Tomlin also will be awarded the Spirit of Independence Award at the screening.

“The film speaks to our mission on so many levels,” said festival director Stephanie Allain.

Allain said Tomlin’s performance is “unapologetic, hysterical, moving — it’s the kind of performance that stays with you, gets inside you, makes you feel compelled to love harder.”

Sony Pictures Classics picked up worldwide rights to “Grandma” at Sundance in January for $2 million. It has not yet set a release date.

Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” was the opening-night film last year.

The Film Independent organization also announced Tuesday that  Rodrigo Garcia would be this year’s guest director and its annual Filmmaker Retreat at The Parker Palm Springs. Garcia’s credits include “Albert Nobbs,” “Mother and Child” and “Last Days in the Desert.”

The festival will also present its Glory to the Filmmaker Award to Gale Anne Hurd, whose credits include “The Terminator,” “Aliens,” “Armageddon” and “The Walking Dead.” She will be honored at the Women Make It Happen Brunch on June 14.

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