"Snowpiercer," South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic sci-fi film set aboard a speeding train, is to open the 20th annual
The movie is based on the 1982 French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige," by writers Jacques Lob and Benjamin Legrand and artist Jean-Marc Rochette.
Bong is the award-winning director of such films as
David Ansen, the artistic director of the festival, said in a statement that Bong "takes popular genres to a visionary new level" and called "Snowpiercer" a "wild, funny and darkly provocative ride." Radius-TWC is to release the film June 27.
Presented by Film Independent and sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Film Festival will screen a diverse slate of nearly 200 feature films, shorts and music videos from more than 30 countries.
The full festival lineup is to be announced May 6.