By Peter Knegt | Indiewire April 10, 2013 at 2:05PM
The Los Angeles Film Festival has announced the North American Premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s "I’m So Excited!" will open the festival on Thursday, June 13th. The film’s release is set for the U.S. two weeks later by Sony Pictures Classics.
“Film Independent and the Los Angeles Film Festival are thrilled tohost the brilliant Pedro Almodóvar’s North American premiere of I’m So Excited!,” said Festival Director Stephanie Allain in a statement. “Los Angeles, fasten your seatbelts for a fun, comedic ride!”
A narrative is set almost entirely on an airplane, it reteams Almodovar
with Javier Cámara ("Talk To Her"), Cecilia Roth ("All About My
Mother"), Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas (though the latter two in
cameo roles) and judging from the trailer it looks a campy return to
Almodovar's delightfully comic roots.
"Pedro Almódovar is the cinematic gift who keeps on giving," added David Ansen, Artistic Director for the Festival. "For four decades he's amazed us with movies that are funny and dangerous, lovable and challenging, subversive and wildly inventive. It's a privilege and pleasure to present his latest comic treasure as our opening night film."
“We are honored Film Independent has chosen to open with the North American premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film, I’m So Excited!, at the LA Film Festival,” said Sony Pictures Classics Co-Presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. “Stephanie, David and their team have been great supporters of our films in the past, with the highlight being last year’s launch of our Oscar-winning documentary, Searching For Sugar Man. This year, we are thrilled to bring Almodóvar’s extraordinary film to the festival’s opening night gala.”
Returning to downtown Los Angeles, with its central hub at L.A. LIVE, the Festival will run from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 23. Now in its nineteenth year, the Festival "provides the movie-loving public with access to critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals and emerging talent from around the world."