The Los Angeles Film Festival has announced the official selection for its 21st edition, which includes titles from Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, and Peru, amongst its 74 selected feature films.
The U.S. Fiction Competition -a new section for this edition- will feature the world premiere of the US-Colombian co-production film Bastards y Diablos (pictured left) by A.D. Freese, USA/Colombia, and Puerto Ricans in Paris by Ian Edelman.
Starring Madeline Merritt, Juanita Arias, and Andrew Perez, Bastards y Diablos tells the story of two estranged half-brothers who adventure together through Colombia to fulfill their dead father's will and connect with their family, their father's homeland, and ultimately, each other.
Puerto Ricans in Paris, starring Rosario Dawson, Miriam Shor, Rosie Perez and Luis Guzmán, follows two Puerto Rican NYPD detectives head to Paris to track down a stolen handbag.
The World Fiction Competition will feature the world premiere of the Colombian film Las malas lenguas / Sweet and Vicious by Juan Paulo Laserna; as well as the international premieres of the Mexican comedy Elvira, te daría mi vida, pero la estoy usando / Elvira, I’d Give You My Life But I’m Using It (pictured right) by Manolo Caro, and the Cuban film Sin alas / Without Wings by Ben Chace.
The Buzz section of the festival will screen the Peruvian film The Vanished Elephant by Javier Fuentes León, and the US/Haiti co-production Sweet Micky for President by Ben Patterson.
The 21st edition of the LA Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, will take place June 10-18 at downtown's LA Live in California.