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LA FILM FEST ’07 | “Talk To Me” and “Sunshine” Bookend LA Fest; 19 Films Set for Competition

LA FILM FEST '07 | "Talk To Me" and "Sunshine" Bookend LA Fest; 19 Films Set for Competition

Kasi Lemmons‘ “Talk To Me” will open Film Independent‘s 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 21st. The film, from Focus Features, stars Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Mike Epps, Martin Sheen and Film Independent’s Board of Directors president Vondie Curtis Hall. It is described as “the funny, dramatic, and inspiring real-life story of Ralph Waldo ‘Petey’ Greene (Cheadle), an outspoken ex-con who talked his way into becoming an iconic radio personality in the 1960s in Washington, D.C. Lemmons, the secretary of FIND’s board, is also married to actor Vondie Curtis Hall. The festival will close on July 1 with Danny Boyle‘s “Sunshine” starring Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Cillian Murphy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Strong, Benedict Wong, and Michelle Yeoh. It is set fifty years in the future, when a crew of eight men and women are traveling into space to try and prevent the death of the sun.

Eight films will screen in the festival’s narrative competition and eleven films will show in the documentary competition. Seven films in each section will have their world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. A total of 230 features, shorts, and music videos are on tap for the 2007 festival, which takes place primarily in Westwood Village on the West Side of town.

“The 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival line-up includes films from all over the world, encompassing everything from cutting-edge independent dramas to goofball comedies,” said Rachel Rosen, Film Independent and Los Angeles Film Festival Director of Programming, in a statement, “Audiences will have a wealth of choices and many chances to interact with filmmakers and discover new talent.”

As previously announced, Clint Eastwood will receive the Spirit of Independence Award on Thursday, June 28, saluted by Tony Bennett, who is the subject of a new documentary executive produced by Eastwood. Also on the festival’s lineup are a Spotlight on Romanian Cinema, a roster of Summer previews featuring upcoming independent film releases, the Dark Wave section for genre work, a group of family friendly screenings, and other special events.

Los Angeles Film Festival Competition and Showcase Lineups (information provided by Film Independent):

Narrative Competition:
August Evening,” directed by Chris Eska – World Premiere
The Beautiful Ordinary,” directed by Jess Manafort – World Premiere
How to Rob a Bank,” directed by Andrews Jenkins – World Premiere
Kabluey,” directed by Scott Prendergast – World Premiere
Liberty Kid,” directed by Ilya Chaiken – World Premiere
Owl and the Sparrow,” directed by Stephane Gauger
Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America,” directed by Tony Stone – World Premiere
What We Do Is Secret,” directed by Rodger Grossman – World Premiere

Documentary Competition:
Billy the Kid,” directed by Jennifer Venditti
Cat Dancers,” directed by Harris Fishman
Constantine’s Sword,” directed by Oren Jacoby – World Premiere
The Cool School,” directed by Morgan Neville – World Premiere
Join Us,” Ondi Timoner – World Premiere
JUMP!,” directed by Helen Hood Scheer – World Premiere
Prison Town, USA,” directed by Katie Galloway and Po Kutchins
Resolved,” directed by Greg Whiteley – World Premiere
Saint Death,” directed by Eva Aridjis – World Premiere
Second Chance Season,” directed by Daniel H. Forer – World Premiere
The Town That Was,” directed by Chris Perkel and Georgie Roland

International Showcase:
Ad Lib Night,” directed by Lee Yoon-ki – South Korea
Bajo Juarez, the city devouring its daughters,” directed by Alejandra Sanchez and Jose Antonio Cordero – Mexico
Blame It on Fidel,” directed by Julie Gavras – France
Build a Ship, Sail to Sadness,” directed by Laurin Federlein – England – North American Premiere
The Champagne Spy,” directed by Nadav Schirman – Israel/Germany
Copacabana,” directed by Martin Rejtman – Argentina – US Premiere
The Elephant and the Sea,” directed by Woo Ming Jin – Malaysia
Fireworks Wednesday,” directed by Asghar Farhadi – Iran (Facets Multimedia)
Honor of the Knights,” directed by Albert Serra – Spain
It’s Winter,” directed by Rafi Pitts – Iran
Lady Chatterley,” directed by Pascale Ferran – Belgium/France (Kino International)
Love for Sale,” directed by Karim Ainouz – Brazil/Germany/France/Portugal (Strand Releasing)
My Best Friend,” directed by Patrice Leconte – France (IFC Films)
Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation,” directed by Charles Burnett – Namibia
On the Rumba River,” directed by Jacques Sarasin – France/Congo (First Run Features) – North American Premiere
Pool of Princesses,” directed by Bettina Bluemner – Germany – North American Premiere
Razzle Dazzle,” directed by Darren Ashton – Australia
Salty Air,” directed by Alessandro Angelini – Italy
Times and Winds,” directed by Reha Erdem – Turkey
The Year After,” directed by Isabelle Czajka – France
Young @ Heart,” directed by Stephen Walker – England – North American Premiere

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