Featuring Tomlin’s first lead performance in 27 years(!), “Grandma” centers on a cranky seventy something poet who helps her pregnant granddaughter (Julia Garner) find money for an abortion. Judy Greer, Marcia Gay Harden and Laverne Cox co-star.
Tomlin will also receive LAFF’s Spirit of Independence Award, which recognizes champions of independent film and creative freedom. The actress/comedienne will be honored alongside producer Gale Anne Hurd, who will receive the festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award.
Sony Pictures Classics won’t release “Grandma” until August 2015, but you can watch a clip from the film below, in which Tomlin’s character calls her granddaughter’s boyfriend (Nat Wolff) an “armpit” for refusing to pony up his share of the cash for the abortion.