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L.A. Film Fest to open with Pedro Almodovar’s ‘I’m So Excited’

L.A. Film Fest to open with Pedro Almodovar’s ‘I’m So Excited’
Raul Arevalo, Carlos Areces and Javier Camara in a scene from Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited!”
(Paola Ardizzoni / Emilio Pereda)

The Los Angeles Film Festival will open with the North American premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s “I’m So Excited!” on Thursday, June 13. The festival will run through June 23 at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

Billed as something of a return to the bawdy, cheeky sex comedies of the Spanish filmmaker’s earliest films (as opposed to his more recent, modern melodramas), the story of “I’m So Excited!” takes place mostly inside an airplane.

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With a cast that includes Paz Vega, Javier Camara, Hugo Silva and Cecilia Roth, the film also features cameos by Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. Sony Pictures Classics will release the film on June 28. (Sony Classics also released last year’s LAFF opening night film, Woody Allen’s “To Rome With Love.”)

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“Los Angeles, fasten your seatbelts for a fun, comedic ride!” said festival director Stephanie Allain in a statement.

“We are very happy to be presenting ‘I’m So Excited!’ at the Los Angeles Film Festival,” said producer Agustín Almodóvar in a statement. “Pedro and I look forward to being there with the cast of the film.”

Information on passes, tickets and events is available by calling 866-FILM-FEST (866-345-6337) or visiting LAFilmFest.com. The official Film Guide will appear in the Los Angeles Times, the festival’s presenting media sponsor, on June 9.

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