This afternoon Film Independent has announced that their twentieth annual Los Angeles Film Festival will be opened by the North American Premiere of Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer.
LA Film Festival Director Stephanie Allain described the selection of Snowpiercer as “a wild ride” and continued to say that it’s “a spectacular way to open the 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Film Festival which is dedicated to the visionary spirit of L.A. that inspires artists around the world.” The festival’s Artistic Director David Ansen also commented on the selection saying “I’m thrilled to have Bong Joon-ho’s amazing Snowpiercer to kick off the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, as fans of The Host and Mother know, Bong takes popular genres to a visionary new level. Here he puts us on a speeding train in a frozen post-apocalyptic future — in the company of Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell and John Hurt — and treats us to a wild, funny and darkly provocative ride. You’ve never seen anything quite like it!”
The film, which cast includes the likes of Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and John Hurt, centers on a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.
In its 20th year, the Los Angeles Film Festival will screen a diverse slate of nearly 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries, along with signature programs such as the Filmmaker Retreat, Poolside Chats, Master Classes and launching at this year’s festival is a special section called LA Muse focused on the city of Los Angeles as an inspiration for filmmakers and artists.
The co-presidents of American ‘Snowpiercer’ distributor RADiUS, Tom Quinn and Jason Janego commented on the news saying “We are thrilled Snowpiercer has been selected for the Los Angeles Film Festival’s coveted opening night slot. David and his team always curate a terrific slate and we look forward to kicking things off with Bong’s sci-fi masterpiece.”
The opening night premiere will take place on Wednesday, June 11th and the festival will run until, its still to be announced closing night film which screens on, June 19th. Following the festival Snowpiercer will be released domestically in US theaters on June 27th.
The full LA Film Festival lineup will be announced on Tuesday, May 6th.
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