LA Film Festival: Anne Thompson Recommends


Anne Thompson, now at Variety, picks the must-see films at the LA Film Festival.

(The website uses annoying pop-up screens, so links can’t go directly to the film, so sorry.)

Well, obviously I want to see the opening night film from Kasi Lemmons, Talk to Me, which already has a studio subsid distributor, Focus Features.

Joshua was a Sundance hit that I want to catch up with.

And anything by Danny Boyle is a must-see, so Sunshine is also on my list.

Summer Previews:

I’ve seen 2 Days in Paris, Julie Delpy’s charming and entertaining love letter to Paris. She takes fish-out-of-water boyfriend (Adam Goldberg) to meet her (real) parents, among other things. The movie isn’t perfect (she isn’t Richard Linklater) but she learned a lot from her two films with the director.

I recommend Steve Buscemi’s Interview, which I saw in Sundance. Buscemi and Sienna Miller go toe to toe in this duel between bitter aging journalist and gorgeous wily actress. See who wins.

Larry Fessenden’s environmental horror story The Last Winter and France’s comedic biopic Moliere also played at the recent Seattle Film festival and I regretted not seeing them there.

I saw Rocket Science in Sundance. It’s a funny, authentic, and poignant look at high school. Writer-director Jeffrey Blitz (Spellbound) is the real deal.

There’s good word on the festival circuit for Johnny To’s Exiled.

David Gordon Green is one of the producers of Great World of Sound, so I’ll check that out.

I like German director Dorris Dorie’s work, so I’ll have to see How to Cook Your Life.

In the doc competition, Gael Garcia Bernal narrates Saint Death, a look at Mexico’s cult of Death. I trust Garcia Bernal’s taste, so I’ll check out this doc.

Working Title picked up narrative rights to the doc about seniors making music, Young at Heart. There’s good word on it.

Of the international selection, anything by Patrice Leconte is worth seeing, so My Best Friend is on my list.

The fest is screening the Cannes Palme d’Or winner, the Romanian abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, so I will definitely catch up with that.

And I will try to see Eric Rohmer’s 2004 Triple Agent, which was never distributed here.

For any VFX wonk, the fest’s ILM-sponsored talks with FX wizards Dennis Muren and Scott Farrar are definite musts to attend.

LA Film Festival Starts Tomorrow