By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 23, 2012 at 1:36PM
Film Independent's 18th Los Angeles Film Festival, led by new Festival Director Stephanie Allain, has revealed three Gala Screenings for the 2012 Festival. Woody Allen's 'To Rome with Love," which just opened well in Italy, will open the fest on June 14.
Focus Features will World Premiere sci-fi drama 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' (June 22) written by rookie director Lorene Scafaria, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. Focus will release the film nationwide on June 22, 2012.
Fox Searchlight’s Sundance jury prize-winner "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (June 27), co-written and directed by Benh Zeitlin and starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, is set in a maroonedl and sinking Bayou island community, was recently added to the Cannes official selection in Un Certain Regard.
AFFRM and Participant’s Sundance best-director-winner "Middle of Nowhere, (October 12), written and directed by Ava DuVernay, stars newcomer Emayatzy Corinealdi and David Oyelowo. The film is a portrait of a woman struggling between two worlds and two men in the search for her identity.
More of the line-up of 200 features, shorts and music videos from 30 countries plus panels and events will be announced on May 1.
“These movies, though vastly different, all explore the importance of human connection in a rapidly changing world," said Allain. "Entertaining, emotional and thought provoking, there’s something for everyone—and more to come.
Returning to downtown's L.A. LIVE, the LA Film Fest runs from June 14 through June 24. Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theatre, “broadcast” facilities for ESPN along with entertainment, residential, restaurant and office space.