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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Eastwood musical to close LA fest

Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys will close the LAFF this year
Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys will close the LAFF this year

Clint Eastwood's big screen adaptation of musical Jersey Boys is to close the Los Angeles Film Festival.

The film, based on the award-winning Broadway and West End show about Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons, stars John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza and Christopher Walken.

Jersey Boys, directed by Clint and produced by Frankie, will close the festival on June 19 and Warner Bros will open the film in US cinemas the next day.

Other gala screenings announced include Ira Sachs' Love Is Strange, about a gay couple forced to live apart, starring John Lithgow and Marisa Tomei; Dear White People, a comedy drama highlighting racism in an Ivy League college and Hossein Amini's thriller The Two Faces Of January, starring Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac and Viggo Mortensen.

The festival, now in its 20th year, will open with Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer on June 11.

Centered in downtown Los Angeles at LA Live, the festival will screen almost 200 films, including 23 world premieres.

The festival has also partnered with Funny Or Die to launch Make 'em LAFF, an internet talent search to discover content creators of colour and under-represented voices who specialise in comedy.

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