Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer,” a futuristic thriller set on a train speeding through an icy tundra, has certainly had an interesting journey off screen. It’s already been released and even come out on DVD overseas, and has been embroiled in a very public struggle over the edit in the US between the director and distributor Harvey Weinstein, and now, a couple of weeks head of its scheduled release, it’s been announced to be the opening night film at the 20th Anniversay edition of the LA Film Festival.
The question is: Which version of the film will it be? “Snowpiercer” stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt and Jamie Bell. Below is the press release.
LOS ANGELES (April 1, 2014) – Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent in conjunction with Presenting Media Sponsor the Los Angeles Times and Host Partner L.A. LIVE, announced the North American Premiere of Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer as the opening night film, which will take place Wednesday, June 11. The film’s release is set for June 27th from RADiUS-TWC.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Los Angeles Film Festival showcases diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision in new American and international cinema and is produced by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Film Independent at LACMA Film Series. The 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival will screen a diverse slate of nearly 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries, along with signature programs such as the Filmmaker Retreat, Music in Film Nights at The GRAMMY Museum®, Poolside Chats, Master Classes and launching at this year’s festival is a special section called LA Muse focused on the city of Los Angeles as an inspiration for filmmakers and artists.
“Snowpiercer is a wild ride and a spectacular way to open the 20th Anniversary of the
Los Angeles Film Festival which is dedicated to the visionary spirit of L.A. that inspires artists around the world,” said Stephanie Allain, Festival Director.
“I’m thrilled to have Bong Joon-ho’s amazing Snowpiercer to kick off the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival,” said David Ansen, Artistic Director for the Festival. “As fans of The Host and Mother know, Bong takes popular genres to a visionary new level. Here he puts us on a speeding train in a frozen post-apocalyptic future — in the company of Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell and John Hurt — and treats us to a wild, funny and darkly provocative ride. You’ve never seen anything quite like it!”
According to RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego: “We are thrilled Snowpiercer has been selected for the Los Angeles Film Festival’s coveted opening night slot. David and his team always curate a terrific slate and we look forward to kicking things off with Bong’s sci-fi masterpiece.”
Film Independent Members enjoy pre-sale benefits beginning April 8 and passes will be available to the general public on April 22. The full line-up will be announced on Tuesday, May 6. In addition to access to screenings and events (even after they sell out), Festival passes provide access to a series of networking receptions and entry to the Filmmaker Lounge, where Festival pass holders can interact with Festival filmmakers and professionals in the film community. General admission tickets to individual films go on sale beginning May 20. Contact the Ticket Office for passes, tickets and event information by calling 866.FILM.FEST (866.345.6337) or visit LAFilmFest.com. The Festival Guide, the comprehensive source for all movie info, screenings, locations, and related events is produced by the Los Angeles Times. It will top the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, June 8 in Los Angeles and Orange County and be made available throughout downtown during the nine-day event.