Woody Allen's latest film, To Rome With Love has been tapped to open the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Film Independent announced Thursday that the award-winning director's new movie will open the festival June 14
I can't think of a better way to kick off this year's festival than with the original independent filmmaker himself, Woody Allen, festival director Stephanie Allain told Variety.
To Rome With Love, an independent film written and directed by Allen, 76, also includes the filmmaker's first on-screen role since 2006's Scoop.
The film, which also stars Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Penélope Cruz and Greta Gerwig, depicts the loves and lives of people in the romantic Italian city, with a cast that plays a mix of Americans and Italians.
To Rome With Love opens in Italy on April 20, and Sony Pictures Classics will distribute the film in the U.S. for a limited release on June 22.
The L.A. Film Festival in its 18th edition will run June 14-24 and is set to screen more than 200 feature films, shorts and music videos. Material representing more than 30 countries will be presented throughout the 11-day event, along with signature programs such as Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks and music events.
Known to be a preeminent cinematic event, the L.A. Film Festival has showcased some of the world's best independent features including premieres of hits such as The Devil Wears Prada and Sunshine.
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