LA Film Fest Announces Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ As Closing Night Film

Organisers for the LA Film Festival and Film Independent have announced that their twentieth annual Los Angeles Film Festival will close with the Premiere of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’.

Artistic Director of the Festival, David Ansen commented on the announcement saying “We’ve got an amazing line-up for our 20th anniversary: starting with a bang with Bong and ending with a musical celebration from Clint Eastwood, It’s exciting to see Eastwood still tackling new forms. His deft, rousing translation of ‘Jersey Boys’ from stage to screen is further confirmation of his amazing, ageless talent.

The film is the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical ‘Jersey Boys’ telling the biography of the Four Seasons-the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group-with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli.

Ansen also commented on this years lineup saying “This is truly a festival for new discoveries—35 Premieres (23 of them World Premieres) and festival gems culled from all over the world. We have more matinees this year, so you can make a whole day of it. I think we’ve put together a feast—a grand mix of comedies, dramas, documentaries, thrillers, shorts, retros and art house fare—that will appeal to movie lovers of every stripe.

Along with the closing night gala the festival also announced a series of other gala screenings taking place at the 2014 Festival including Love Is Strange, which stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as longtime companions who finally get to marry, only to be separated when they’re forced out of their New York apartment in Sach’s ode to love, family ties and big city life. Along with Justin Simien’s Dear White People starring Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell. When a riot breaks out over a popular African-American-themed party thrown by a white fraternity, four black students at Winchester University are provoked to take divergent actions in Simien’s breakthrough satire. Finally also in the Gala section is screenwriter Hossein Amini’s directing debut, The Two Faces of January, a sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul in 1962. Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac are three Americans abroad caught in a web of murder and deceit in this taught, stylish adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith thriller.

Warner Brothers will release Jersey Boys in US cinemas on June 20th.

Watch the trailer for Jersey Boys below:

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