UPDATED: Per usual, LAFF has added some studio premieres and sure-to-be fascinating discussions to its lineup. On June 12, a pre-festival screening of Zach Snyder's much-anticipated superman revamp "Man of Steel" -- with Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon and Amy Adams -- will show two days before its wide release date. Also joining the lineup on June 18 is Disney/Pixar's "Monsters University" (in theaters June 21), the prequel to 2001's "Monsters, Inc."Other new programs include "A Brand of His Own: Being Spike Jonze," a conversation with the "Being John Malkovich" director and frequent Charlie Kaufman collaborator, as well as a special presentation of Hitchcock's Sight & Sound critics poll winner "Vertigo" and a panel discussion with Hollywood's top women editors.
EARLIER:The Los Angeles Film Festival unveiled its official lineup Wednesday morning. Though it was previously announced that Pedro Almodovar's new film "I'm So Excited" is the opening night selection, and that David O. Russell will be the guest director, the lineup has now expanded to include three Sundance favorites -- Fox Searchlight's pickup "The Way, Way Back," TWC acquisition, Grand Jury Prize winner "Fruitvale Station" and David Lowery's critics' fave "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" (IFC), as well as the North American premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn's Cannes-bound "Only God Forgives."
Other notable films hailing from the festival circuit include Lake Bell's "In a World" and documentaries "The Act of Killing," directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn, and "Our Nixon," by Penny Lane. LAFF will also offer free public screenings of favorites such as John Waters' "Hairspray" (1988) and Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused." Ava DuVernay's Venus Williams documentary "Venus Vs" will make its world premiere in the Summer Showcase series alongside "Ain't Them Bodies Saints."
Films in narrative competition below. LAFF runs June 13-23 in downtown Los Angeles. View the full lineup here.
"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 Hennell"The House That Jack Built," Henry Barrial - USA - WORLD PREMIERE
"The House that Jack Built," Denis Henry Hennelly - USA - WORLD PREMIERE
"I.D.," Kamal K M - India - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
"Mother, I Love You," Janis Nords - Latvia - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
"My Sisterʼs Quinceanera," 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