The Los Angeles Film Festival has lined up its opening night film. I’m So Excited!, the latest from Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her, Volver), will kick off the festival on June 13.
Film Independent, which produces the L.A. Film Festival, announced the opening night selection on Wednesday. The festival will be the North American premiere of I’m So Excited!, following openings across Europe last month. A U.S. release date is set for June 28.
Film Independent describes I’m So Excited! as “the story of a varied group of people in a precarious situation aboard a plane flying to Mexico City: a technical failure has endangered the lives of the passengers on Peninsula Flight 2549. Their defenselessness in the face of danger provokes a general catharsis among the passengers and the crew. This catharsis, developed in the tone of a riotous, moral comedy, fills the time with sensational confessions that help them forget the anguish of the moment.”
“Pedro Almodóvar is the cinematic gift who keeps on giving,” David Ansen, the festival’s artistic director, said in a statement. “For four decades he’s amazed us with movies that are funny and dangerous, lovable and challenging, subversive, and wildly inventive. It’s a privilege and pleasure to present his latest comic treasure as our opening night film.”
Check out the trailer for I’m So Excited!, which re-teams Almodóvar with Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz, here.
Passes for the festival go on pre-sale for Film Independent members on this Thursday, April 11, and will be available to the general public on April 19. General admission tickets for individual films go on sale May 21.
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