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Eclipse World Premieres at Los Angeles Film Festival

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 4, 2010 at 6:48AM

Film Independent has announced its official selections for the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs June 17 to 27 in downtown LA.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Film Independent has announced its official selections for the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs June 17 to 27 in downtown LA.

Of the fest’s 200-plus features, shorts and music videos, twenty-eight are World, U.S. and Northern American premieres. Lisa Cholodenko’s Sundance hit The Kids are All Right will open and 3D Despicable Me, starring Steve Carell, will close the fest (marking its world premiere), but not before (by invitation only) Twilight fans are given the third installment and world premiere of Eclipse. This continues the fest's push to play broadly to both mainstream Hollywood and Indiewood fans, especially as the venue has moved downtown.

Gala screenings include the world premiere of Percy & Felix Adlon’s Mahler on the Couch and the North American Premiere of the Mexican ten-part omnibus doc Revolución. Among the narrative competition films are world premieres of Iran’s Dog Sweat (Hossein Keshavarz), Hello Lonesome (Adam Reid) and The Wolf Knife (Laurel Nakadate), while documentary competitors include five world premieres: Make Believe (J. Clay Tweel) and U.S./Mexico’s Circo (Aaron Schock).

The international showcase boasts twenty titles hailing from Argentina, Georgia, Bulgaria and beyond - all eligible for audience awards for best International feature, best narrative feature, and best documentary feature. LAFF also features summer screenings (much-hyped indie summer releases such as Aaron Katz’s Cold Weather and Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture) and outdoor screenings at the Ford Amphitheatre (including B-period epic Centurion).

Community screenings, the Beyond (films that "dare to be different") and future filmmaker showcase: high school shorts round out the packed fest's program, offering something for just about everyone.

The full line-up is at indieWIRE.

This article is related to: Festivals, Headliners, Independents, Studios, Los Angeles Film Festival, Rob Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Summit, Universal/Focus Features, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.