The lineup for the 10th annual festival, set to run June 17-26, was announced May 5. From the 2,800 films submitted, 195 films (from 31 countries) were selected for the event.
"Scrubs" star Zach Braff, who appeared in The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival staging of Twelfth Night, wrote, stars in and directs his film "Garden State" — which is set to open the fest. Natalie Portman (The Seagull, The Diary of Anne Frank) also stars in the film about a man who returns home to his estranged family for the funeral of his mother. Stage stars also featured in the cast include Peter Sarsgaard (Burn This, "Shattered Glass"), Denis O'Hare (Assassins, Take Me Out), Ron Leibman (Angels in America), Ian Holm (The Homecoming), Jean Smart (The Man Who Came to Dinner) and former Public/NYSF director George C. Wolfe (Caroline, or Change) also makes an appearance. The film will hit theatres in July.
Actor Hawke (Henry IV, The Seagull) reprises his "Before Sunrise" role in the Richard Linklater's sequel "Before Sunset" — set nine years after the original. The film, which also stars Julie Delpy returning to her role, will serve as the centerpiece for the festival.
Actress Mirren — known stateside for her turn in the recent Broadway revival of Dance of Death — stars in the festival closer "The Clearing." Pieter Jan Brugge directs the thriller which also stars Robert Redford (Barefoot in the Park, Sunday in New York) and Wooster Group devotee Willem Dafoe.
Passes are now available for the L.A. Film Fest, by calling (866) FILM-FEST. Tickets go on sale on May 20. For more information on scheduling and films, visit www.lafilmfest.com.