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By Mark Bell | May 1, 2013

Running June 13-23, the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival has announced its programming lineup, including The Way, Way Back as Closing Night Film. From the official press release:

Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced its official US and international selections. Fox Searchlight Pictures’ The Way, Way Back, written and directed by Oscar® winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, will serve as the Closing Night film for the 2013 Festival. The film stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Annasophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph and Liam James. Closing Night is sponsored by DIRECTV’s premium pay-per-view movie service, DIRECTV Cinema. Also announced are the Festival’s Gala screenings, which include Ryan Coogler’s award winning Fruitvale Station from The Weinstein Company and the North American premiere of Nicholas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives from RADiUS-TWC. Now in its nineteenth year, the Festival showcases the best in new American and international cinema and is produced by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Film Independent at LACMA film series.

The 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, which returns to downtown Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE for a fourth year and runs from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 23, will screen a diverse slate of nearly 200 feature films, shorts and music videos, representing more than 40 countries, along with signature programs such as the Filmmaker Retreat, Music in Film Nights at The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, Poolside Chats, Master Classes and more. Previously announced, filmmaker David O. Russell will serve as Guest Director and will receive the Spirit of Independence Award. Also confirmed were two Master Classes with Artists in Residence Maya Rudolph and Gustavo Santaolalla, “An Evening With Costa-Gavras,” including the US premiere of his new film Capital, and an “In Conversation” with playwright/filmmaker David Mamet and actor/stage magician/author Ricky Jay. Opening the Festival will be the North American premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited!.

“Our programmers culled through thousands of submissions and emerged with unique cinematic jewels from both seasoned masters and first time directors that will take you around the world,” said Stephanie Allain, Festival Director. “Whether witnessing the border up close in Rodrigo Reyes’ Purgatorio, hanging courtside with Venus Williams in Ava DuVernay’s Venus Vs., howling with Almodovar’s I’m So Excited!, or feeling the love in Rash and Faxon’s The Way, Way Back, you are in for an eye-opening experience. Bring your shades.”

“We’ve put together a program that will appeal to every kind of movie lover, from exciting new American indies to the best international art house fare and eye-opening documentaries to family films, thrillers and horror flicks,” said David Ansen, Artistic Director of the Festival. “We have 20 World Premieres and have discovered some amazing new filmmaking voices to introduce alongside such masters as Pedro Almodovar, Marco Bellocchio, Costa-Gavras and Johnnie To. I’m excited to turn Los Angeles on to these incredible movies.”

The Festival concludes with Fox Searchlight’s The Way, Way Back, written and directed by Oscar® winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet and Liam James. The film is the funny and poignant coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget. Fox Searchlight Pictures will release the film on July 5.

The Gala screenings at the 2013 Festival include the North American premiere of RADiUS-TWC’s Only God Forgives, which reunites filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn with his Drive star Ryan Gosling for an audacious piece of cinematic bravura about an American expat in Bangkok’s brutal underworld forced to deal with his mother’s obsession for vengeance after his brother’s murder. The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm. Also, The Weinstein Company’s Fruitvale Station from first-time feature filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who brings cinematic grace and maturity to the tragic true story of Oscar Grant, a young African-American man, on the fateful day he was killed by Oakland’s BART transit police. It stars Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray and Octavia Spencer.

Another Festival highlight from this year’s line-up are the free Community Screenings including a 20th Anniversary screening of Dazed and Confused from director Richard Linklater and a Dance-A-Long screening of John Waters’ Hairspray in honor of its 25th Anniversary.

More Special Screenings and Programs will be announced in the coming weeks.

This year, the Festival received 5,428 submissions from filmmakers around the world, compared to 5,283 last year. The final selections represent 35 World, North American and US premieres, which includes premiere status for films previously announced. 22 of the premieres are in the Narrative and Documentary Competition sections.

Passes are currently on sale to Film Independent members and the general public. In addition to screenings and events, Festival passes provide access to a series of networking receptions and entry to the Filmmaker Lounge, where Festival pass holders can interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community. General admission tickets to individual films go on sale beginning May 21. Contact the Ticket Office for passes, tickets and event information by calling 866.FILM.FEST (866.345.6337) or visit

For the eighth year, the Los Angeles Times will serve as the Festival’s Presenting Media Sponsor and will produce the Official Film Guide, the comprehensive source for all movie info, screenings, locations and related special events. The Film Guide will top the paper on Sunday, June 9 in Los Angeles and Orange County, and will be made available throughout downtown Los Angeles during the ten-day event.

Narrative Competition (12): The Narrative Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that compete for the Filmmaker Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature or Best International Feature. The Narrative Competition and Grand Jury Prize are sponsored by DIRECTV Cinema.

All Together Now, Alexander Mirecki – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Forev, Molly Green, James Leffler – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Forty Years From Yesterday, Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Four Dogs, Joe Burke – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Goodbye World, Denis Henry Hennelly – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
The House That Jack Built, Henry Barrial – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Mother, I Love You, Janis Nords – Latvia – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
My Sister’s Quinceañera, Aaron Douglas Johnston – USA – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Pollywogs, Karl Jacob, Todd Arthur Cottam – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Winter in the Blood, Andrew Smith, Alex Smith – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Workers, Jose Luis Valle – Mexico/Germany – US PREMIERE

Documentary Competition (10): The Documentary Competition is comprised of films made by talented emerging filmmakers that compete for the Documentary Award. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors, and films in this section are also eligible for the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature or Best International Feature. The Documentary Competition and Grand Jury Prize are sponsored by DIRECTV Cinema.

All of Me, Alexandra Lescaze – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, Grace Lee – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Code Black, Ryan McGarry – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
The Island of Saint Matthews, Kevin Jerome Everson – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band, Christopher Quilty, Tamar Halpern – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
My Stolen Revolution, Nahid Persson Sarvestani – Sweden – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
The New Black, Yoruba Richen – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Rain, Olivia Rochette, Gerard-Jan Claes – Belgium – US PREMIERE
Tapia, Eddie Alcazar – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Purgatorio, Rodrigo Reyes – Mexico/USA – US PREMIERE

International Showcase (15): The International Showcase highlights innovative independent narrative and documentary features from outside of the United States. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.

The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn – Denmark/Norway/UK (Drafthouse Films)
Boxing Day, Bernard Rose – UK
Dormant Beauty, Marco Bellocchio – Italy
Drug War, Johnnie To – China
Ernest & Celestine, Stéphanie Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner – France (Gkids)
The Expedition to the End of the World, Daniel Dancik – Denmark
The Fifth Season, Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth – Belgium/Netherlands/France
House with a Turret, Eva Neymann – Ukraine
The Moo Man, Andy Heathcote, Heike Bachelier – UK
Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, Hong Sang-soo – Korea – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
The Patience Stone, Atiq Rahimi – Afghanistan/France/Germany/UK (Sony Pictures Classics)
Wadjda, Haifaa Al Mansour – Saudi Arabia/United Arab Emirates/Germany (Sony Pictures Classics)
When I Saw You, Annemarie Jacir – Palestine/Jordan/Greece/United Arab Emirates/USA
The Women and the Passenger, Valentina Mac-Pherson, Patricia Correra – Chile – US PREMIERE

Summer Showcase (17): The Summer Showcase section offers an advanced look at this summer’s most talked about independent film releases and will include highlights from the festival circuit and premieres. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature, Best Narrative Feature, or Best Documentary Feature.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, David Lowery – USA (IFC Films)
Brothers Hypnotic, Reuben Atlas – Netherlands/USA
Casting By, Tom Donahue – USA (HBO Films)
Concussion, Stacie Passon – USA (RADiUS-TWC)
The Crash Reel, Lucy Walker – USA (HBO Films)
Crystal Fairy, Sebastián Silva – Chile (IFC Films)
Europa Report, Sebastián Cordero – USA (Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing) – US PREMIERE
First Cousin Once Removed, Alan Berliner – USA (HBO Films)
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, Sophie Huber – Switzerland
In a World…, Lake Bell – USA (Roadside Attractions)
Our Nixon, Penny Lane – USA
Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton, Jeff Broadway – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Short Term 12, Destin Daniel Cretton – USA
The Spectacular Now, James Ponsoldt – USA
Venus Vs., Ava DuVernay – USA (ESPN) – WORLD PREMIERE

Community Screenings (5): These films will be presented free to the public. New films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature or Best Documentary Feature.

Brasslands, Adam Pogoff, Jay Sterrenberg, Bryan Chang – USA – FIGat7th Screening
Dazed and Confused (1993), Richard Linklater – USA – 20th Anniversary Screening – FIGat7th Screening
Hairspray (1988), John Waters – USA – Grand Park Dance-A-Long – 25th Anniversary Screening
Inequality for All, Jacob Kornbluth – USA – Grand Performances Screening
Life of a King, Jake Goldberger – USA– Project Involve Screening – WORLD PREMIERE

The Beyond (3): The Beyond offers films that dare to be different. Films in this section are eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature or Best Narrative Feature.

Delivery, Brian Netto – USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Lesson of the Evil, Takashi Miike – Japan – US PREMIERE
You’re Next, Adam Wingard – USA (Lionsgate)

Retro (3):

Amarcord (1973), Federico Fellini – Italy – 40th Anniversary Screening
Between Two Worlds (2009), Vimukthi Jayasundara – Sri Lanka/France – LAFCA’s The Film That Got Away
Two Men in Manhattan (1958), Jean Pierre-Melville – France (Cohen Media Group) – 55th Anniversary Screening

Short Films (44): Shorts are shown before features and as part of four short film programs. With their diverse and complex content, these films shine brilliantly. Most short films, domestic and international, will compete for prizes in Narrative, Documentary and Animation/Experimental categories. The winner is determined by a panel of jurors. An Audience Award for Best Short Film is also presented.

Shorts Program 1-4

Future Filmmakers Showcase: High School Shorts (29): These two programs of shorts are made by high school students from around the world, featuring work by the next generation of filmmakers.

Programs 1-2

Music Videos (33): The Music Video Showcase consists of two programs. Eclectic Mix 1 and 2 are a visual mix tape of this year’s best independent music videos with a few innovative major label artists thrown in for good measure. Music videos will compete for an Audience Award.

Eclectic Mix

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