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2010 LA Film Festival

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June 17th - 27th

THE 2010 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL in Downtown

For the past 16 years, the Los Angeles Film Festival has been a preeminent cinematic event, showcasing the world’s best independent features, including premieres of smash-hits The Devil Wears Prada and Sunshine. The Festival connects the movie-loving public to critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent in the heart of Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world.

The 2010 Festival will present 200 features, shorts, and music videos from more than 40 countries including the Pat Tillman documentary, The Tillman Story; Focus Feature’s The Kids Are All Right; and Revolución, a collaboration by ten renowned Mexican filmmakers.

The Festival features unique signature programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, and more. Additionally, the Festival screens short films created by high school students and has a special section devoted to music videos.

For a complete schedule, tickets and venue information, click on http://www.lafilmfest.com/2010/



SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 1:00PM

REGAL CINEMA 8 L.A. LIVE

THE ARMY OF CRIME (L'ARMEE DU CRIME) - in French w/ English subtitles
Dir. Robert Guegiguian
France, 2009, 139 mins

Producers: Dominique Barneaud, Marc Bordure, Robert Guédiguian
Screenwriters: Robert Guédiguian, Serge Le Péron, Gilles Taurand
Cinematographer: Pierre Milon
Editor: Bernard Sasia
Cast: Simon Abkarian, Virginie Ledoyen, Robinson Stévenin, Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, Lola Naymark, Yann Trégouët, Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Ivan Franek, Adrien Jolivet
Music: Alexandre Desplat

In 1944, a Resistance group of immigrant radicals and working class Jews, labeled the Manouchian Group after its Armenian leader, was executed by firing squad by the collaborationist French government. Robert Guédiguian's graceful and passionate group portrait explores why poets, intellectuals, tradesmen, and amateur swimmers were moved to extraordinary acts of violence in defense of their families and ideals.

Rather than romanticizing their struggle, Guédiguian fleshes out each partisan to explore their awakening to political action, without shying away from personal flaws and private motivations. Missak Manouchian, a poet and literary translator, longs to re-assert the values of culture and justice, while others are motivated by youthful rebellion or an almost psychotic need for revenge against the German occupiers or the French authorities, who are always eager to please their new Nazi masters.

Although we know their fate from the start, the film quietly mounts tension as the group aims for ever-higher military targets. Deftly evoking the backroom intrigue and paranoia of occupied Paris, The Army of Crime is oddly triumphant, despite the inexorable tragedy of its subjects' lives, who died—as Manouchian wrote to his wife—"within inches of victory."




SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 1:00PM

REGAL CINEMA 11 L.A. LIVE

HELLO LONESOME
Dir. Adam Reid
USA, 2010, 91 mins, HDCam 23.98

Producer: Adam Reid
Screenwriter: Adam Reid
Cinematographer: Adam Reid
Editor: Scott Rankin
Cast: Sabrina Lloyd, James Urbaniak, Lynn Cohen, Harry Chase, Nate Smith, Kamel Boutros

Lonely since his wife left him and alienated from his daughter, a cantankerous voice-over artist (played by the instantly aurally recognizable Harry Chase in his first on-screen role) strikes up an unlikely friendship with his regular deliveryman. Many suburbs away, an elderly widow loses her license to drive and turns to her wry younger neighbor for nostalgic cuddles and comfort. Meanwhile, a young urban sports fanatic meets a girl online and unexpectedly falls in love, though the trials the couple endure prove even more unexpected.

Adam Reid’s enchanting, compassionate debut weaves together the worlds of six lonely individuals as they negotiate the age-old process of giving and receiving love. It isn’t easy, and it never happens the way they expect it, but for these isolated souls, there’s an oddball magic in the way they make connections they never imagined. Wonderfully acted and written, the intimate exchanges in this triptych of tales percolate with laughter and longing. As the film itself says, “A little hello can go a long way.”

IN PERSON: Director Adam Reid, Cast Members Lynn Cohen, Sabrina Llloyd and James Urbaniak.




SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 1:00PM

REGAL CINEMA 12 L.A. LIVE

A FAMILY (EN FAMILIE) - in Danish w/ English subtitles
Dir. Pernille Fischer Christensen
Denmark, 2009, 102 mins, 35mm

Executive Producer: Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Producers: Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Vinca Wiedemann
Screenwriters: Kim Fupz Aakeson, Pernille Fischer Christensen
Cinematographer: Jakob Ihre
Editors: Janus Billeskov Jansen, Anne Østerud
Cast: Jesper Christensen, Lene Maria Christensen, Line Kruse, Pilou Asbæk, Anne Louise Hassing
Music: Sebastian Öberg

Ditte has been a dutiful and adoring daughter all her life, the darling of her charismatic father's eye. It's been a privileged life too, for the Rheinwald family has built its fortune as master bakers—selected by the royal family as purveyors of bread to the Danish crown. In this intimate and powerful family saga, Ditte's devotion to her father is tested when she's offered her dream job as a curator for a New York art gallery just as her recently remarried father falls ill and asks her to take over the family business.

A Family is dominated by the staggering performance of Jesper Christensen as the proud patriarch, whose charm and urbanity masks a steely will. Confronted with mortality, he rages against his fate with the ferocity and terror of a haute bourgeois King Lear. Pernille Fischer Christensen's fluid, superbly shot film captures every nuance of feeling (and of class) that ricochets through the Rheinwald household. It has the emotional honesty one associates with Ingmar Bergman, but Christensen views her large cast of characters with a warmer, more forgiving eye.


SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 1:30PM

REGAL CINEMA 9 L.A. LIVE

FOUR LIONS - in English, Urdu, & Arabic w/ English subtitles
Dir. Christopher Morris
United Kingdom, 2010, 101 mins

Executive Producers: Carole Baraton, Peter Carlton, Will Clarke, Caroline Leddy, Angus Aynsley, Mark Findlay, Alex Marshall
Producers: Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger
Screenwriters: Christopher Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain
Cinematographer: Lol Crawley
Editor: Billy Sneddon
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeel Akhtar

Celebrated British satirist Christopher Morris has never been one to shy away from taboo subjects. For nearly twenty years, his has been the most biting voice on British radio and television, where he has skewered untouchable topics that would make South Park blush. Now, for his feature film debut, he has done the seemingly impossible. He’s made an audacious, laugh-out-loud comedy about terrorism.

After several years researching homegrown British extremists, Morris has concocted this tale set in a cell of wannabe jihadists. Our “hero” is Omar, a family man and mall security guard who, along with three other radicalized cohorts, decides to become a martyr. It turns out they are better bumblers than bombers, and most of their plots amount to little more than exploding crows and getting kicked out of al-Qaida training camps. Then they train their sites on the London Marathon…

Four Lions runs an amazing gamut of comedy, including everything from slapstick to farce to sitcom set-ups, but its most subversive moments are among the quietest, when the obvious jokes fall way, leaving behind the awful absurdity of Omar’s extreme ideology.

IN PERSON: Cast Member Kayvan Novak




SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 1:30PM

REGAL CINEMA 10 L.A. LIVE

SHORTS PROGRAM 4
79 min.

Hypnosis, re-enactment and a runaway backhoe are tools that strip away our façades. With humor and candor, pretense is shattered and the record set straight.

THE ARMOIRE - Jamie Travis
GOODBY CHICKEN, FAREWELL GOAT - Julius Onah
INCIDENT BY A BANK - Ruben Östlund
LONELY GIRL - Kyle Evans
MY INVISIBLE FRIEND - Pablo Larcuen
SEEDS OF THE FALL - Patrik Eklund
TIGHTLY KNIT - Jenni Nelson



SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 2:00PM

NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE

DESPICABLE ME
Dir. Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Sergio Pablos
France, USA, 2010, 88 mins, 35mm

Executive Producer: Nina Rappaport
Producers: Chris Meledandri, John Cohen, Janet Healy
Screenwriters: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
Editors: Pamela Ziegenhagen-Shefland, Greg Perler
Cast: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Will Arnett,Kristen Wiig, Danny McBride, Miranda Cosgrove, Jack McBrayer, Mindy Kaling, Jemaine Clement, Julie Andrews

In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden deep beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by an army of tireless, little yellow minions, we discover Gru (Steve Carell) planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!) in Universal’s new 3-D CGI feature, Despicable Me.

Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad.

One of the world’s greatest super-villains has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith, and Agnes.




SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 3:45PM

REGAL CINEMA 11 L.A. LIVE

SECRETS OF THE TRIBE - in Spanish, Italian, English, & French w/ English subtitles
Dir. Jose Padilha
Brazil, United Kingdom, 2009, 94 mins, HDCam — Frame Rate 23.98

Executive Producers: Nick Fraser, Dan Cogan, Diana Barrett, Abigail Disney, Jim Swartz, Susan Swartz, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Emily Pottruck, David Pottruck, Julia Parker Benello, Juliette Timsit, Caroleen Feeney
Producers: Mike Chamberlain, Marcos Prado, Carol Nahra
Cinematographers: Lula Carvalho, Reinaldo Zangrandi
Editor: Felipe Lacerda

For anthropologists the world over, the discovery of the “primitive” Yanomami tribe in the Amazon Basin—a tribe previously untouched by contact with the outside world—was a landmark event, causing a swarm of professional rivals to descend upon the unsuspecting natives. But simple disagreements over incongruous data quickly snowballed into a maelstrom of escalating jealousy and irreconcilable hatred. Instead of academic breakthroughs, what actually resulted were numerous hidden and horrifying scandals, bitter infighting, unethical manipulation, and criminal abuse, as irreparable damage was done to an entire culture, all in the name of scientific research.

Acclaimed Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha journeys back through the debris, mercilessly opening each and every old wound as rival anthropologists offer competing versions of what really happened in the jungle. Making an attempt at objectivity, coupled with the gift of hindsight, he has carefully assembled accounts from the alleged victimizers, deftly revealing each secret one at a time. Padilha elegantly allows all parties involved a chance to defend and accuse in their own words, including the Yanomami themselves, unearthing a shockingly layered rat’s nest of anthropological atrocities.

IN PERSON: Director Jose Padilha


SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 4:00PM

REGAL CINEMA 12 L.A. LIVE

WELCOME TO THE RILEYS
Dir. Jake Scott
USA, 110 mins

Executive Producers: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Steve Zaillian, Ken Hixon
Producers: Michael Costigan, Giovanni Agnelli, Scott Bloom
Screenwriter: Ken Hixon
Cinematographer: Christopher Soos
Editor: Nicolas Gaster
Cast: James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo

In Jake Scott’s touching, beautifully shot first feature, Welcome to the Rileys, the muted lives of an Indiana couple are transformed in a way neither could have imagined. James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo are Doug and Lois Riley, whose marriage has turned into a frozen, empty ritual. Since the death of their teenaged daughter, she’s become agoraphobic, while he has fallen into a casual affair with a local waitress. On a business trip to New Orleans, Doug meets a tough 17-year-old runaway—played with unsettling bite by Kristen Stewart—who works as a pole dancer in the French Quarter. The two form an uneasy, unusual bond, each finding in the other something they desperately need. Meanwhile, back in Indiana, Lois realizes she must overcome her fear if her marriage is to have any future.

Scott, son of Ridley Scott, imbues this tale of self-reinvention with potent atmosphere and keen psychological insight, admirably skirting the pitfall of sentimentality. And in Stewart, Gandolfini, and Leo, he has three consummate, mesmerizing actors at his disposal. When they’re on screen, you can’t look away.

IN PERSON: Director Jake Scott, Actresses Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo


SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 4:15PM

REGAL CINEMA 9 L.A. LIVE

THE WHEELER BOYS (Previously known as TOUCHBACK)
Dir. Philip G. Flores
USA, 2010, 89 mins, 35mm

Executive Producers: Ofelia Flores, Pepito L. Flores
Producer: Chase B. Kenney
Screenwriters: Max Doty, Philip G. Flores
Cinematographer: Bradley Stonesifer
Editor: Amy E. Duddleston
Cast: Alex Frost, Lorenzo James Henrie, Portia Doubleday, Haley Ramm, Alex Russell, Billy Campbell
Music: Peter Golub

With their father lost in a fog of anger and self-loathing, “Truck” Wheeler has raised his younger brother Ted as best as he could, considering he’s just a teenager himself. Now, Ted is entering high school just as Truck readies himself for his final year, and the younger boy is seeing everything—girls, life in a small town, the brother he’s always idolized—in a different light. As the post-game keggers and party-hardy bravado of Truck and his friends take on a troubling timbre, Ted must choose between following in his brother’s footsteps or finding his own way in the world.

In his feature debut, writer-director Philip G. Flores deftly captures the shifting dynamics between Ted and Truck as the two’s brotherly loyalty is stretched to the limits. Their relationship is complicated, a volatile cocktail of love, respect, and resentment, and it’s portrayed with admirable nuance by Lorenzo James Henrie, who gives a refreshingly open performance as Ted, and Alex Frost, who finds the rueful soul of the brother who’s beginning to realize his prospects go no further than the city limits.

IN PERSON: Director Philip Flores

**Netflix celebrates the premiere of “The Wheeler Boys” by inviting America to a free online screening of the film that won the Netflix FIND Your Voice film competition. The film, which will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Friday, June 25 can be streamed from Netflix for free for 48 hours, from 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, June 25 to 8:00pm Pacific on Sunday, June 27, by visiting www.netflix.com/findyourvoice. While anyone in America can instantly watch "The Wheeler Boys" online on a computer June 25 – June 27, Netflix members on an unlimited plan will be able to instantly watch "The Wheeler Boys" on their TVs via a range of Netflix ready devices. Those devices include Netflix ready Blu-ray disc players and new Internet TVs from LG Electronics; Blu-ray disc players from Samsung; the Roku digital video player; Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console; Nintendo Wii; Sony PS3; iPad and TiVo digital video recorders.





 

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