We might still be a long way from all the high-profile, glamorous Hollywood award shows, but we’re knee-deep in the festival season, so it’s time to start counting our chickens and predict the year’s biggest indie hits.
Closely following Seattle’s recently announced impressive line-up of films, the Los Angeles Festival has now made its schedule public. And boy, are Californians in for a treat! Several treats, as a matter of fact.
Like Nicholas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives”, set to make its North American debut in L.A. during a “Gala” screening. Another such screening will be that of “Fruitvale Station”, the double Sundance winner and nominated at Cannes for the Un Certain Regard Award.
Part of the festival’s spotlight is to be captured by “The Way, Way Back”, the latest Nat Faxon and Jim Rash collaboration, starring Steve Carrell and set for a SIFF showing too. James Ponsoldt’s “The Spectacular Now” and David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” are a couple of other relatively high-profile names to be screened in L.A, but none of these will be competing for any jury awards.
Instead, the narrative competition includes 12 much smaller names, all either world or US premieres, while the documentary fight will be carried out by ten US, Swedish and Belgian films.