We long ago gave up our illusions about Film Independent's annual Los Angeles Film Festival being any kind of authentic showcase for, well, independent film. Like when Transformers launched the fest last year? Right. But that's the biz, and if it takes Universal to step in on opening night June 19 with its Angelina Jolie action thriller Wanted just so we can see the revelatory Russian entry Cargo 200 on the West Coast, then that's a price we're willing to pay. (And hell, we'll probably even check out Wanted while we're at it.) Follow the jump for a few more highlights, including Universal's other graphic novel adaptation closing the fest.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Guillermo del Toro's last film before disappearing down the Hobbit rabbit hole for four years, closes the festival June 29, while a smattering of world premieres (the Aimee Mann concert film Largo, Lori Petty's directorial debut The Poker House) can be found in the competition slate. Elsewhere are James Marsh's nifty Sundance-winning documentary Man on Wire — about the Frenchman who walked a tightrope between the World Trade Center Towers in 1974 — and Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal, which follows its infamous subject's "long, strange trip through the Nevada desert and brothel politics to open Heidi's Stud Farm."
Among the most notable of special screenings, however, we'd spotlight Swear-along Scarface at the Ford Amphitheater: "Think you've got what it takes to swear alongside Tony Montana and his foul-mouthed crew? Don't miss this opportunity to curse under the stars at this special 'Adults Only' screening of a timeless f#*!*ing classic." Actually, we don't think anyone has what it takes, but we'll probably give it a shot anyway. Check the rest of the selections at the fest's Web site, and save us a seat.
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- Los Angeles Film Festival [Film Independent]