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iW News | World Preem-filled CineVegas to Close with “You Kill Me”; Spotlight Mexican Filmmakers

iW News | World Preem-filled CineVegas to Close with "You Kill Me"; Spotlight Mexican Filmmakers

CineVegas has unveiled their full line up for its ninth festival centered at the Palm Casino Resort June 6 – 16. As previously reported, the event will open with Steven Soderbergh‘s “Ocean’s Thirteen” with a charity gala honoring a producer of the film, Jerry Weintraub. Closing out the fest in Las Vegas is John Dahl‘s dark comedy “You Kill Me,” starring Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni, Luke Willson and Bill Pullman. Highlighted “Jackpot Premieres” at this year’s fest include Robert Logevall‘s world premiere “All God’s Children Can Dance,” Peter Spears‘ comedy “Careless” (world premiere), Luke Eberl‘s political drama “Choose Connor” (world premiere), Amir Mann‘s espionage thriller “The Fifth Patient” (world premiere), Dan Peterson‘s drama “Have Love, Will Travel” (world premiere), Sol Tryon‘s “The Living Wake” (world premiere), Adam Rifkin‘s “Look” (world premiere), adolescent drama Chris Fuller‘s “Loren Cass” (U.S. debut) and Todd Breau‘s comedy “Throwing Stars” (world premiere). CineVegas will also spotlight Mexican films and directors in its new section, “La Proxima Ola,” with the U.S. premiere of “Bad Habits” (Malos Habitos), a cinematic examination of “family, faith and religion” by Simon Bross, “Chavez,” a feature doc about Mexican champ Julio Cesar Chavez by Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo‘s ensemble piece “Drama/Mex,” and dark comedy “Once Upon a Time Maria” (Eros una vez Maria) by Jesus Magana Vazquez. “Opening with such a classically ‘Vegas’ film as ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’ and closing with a comedy about an alcoholic hit-man, ‘You Kill Me,’ is the perfect way to bookend this year’s festival which is comprised of films which share the same outlaw and risk-taking spirit that has made the city and the festival what it is today,” said Artistic Director Trevor Groth in a statement. “CineVegas is a celebration of artists who lay it all on the line, who aren’t afraid to shatter conventions and defy expectation.” For more information including a full line up, visit the festival’s website. [Brian Brooks]

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