Highlights from the Los Angeles Film Festival

Tourists flock to Sunset Boulevard – but each June, movie-lovers head to downtown LA for something different from the standard studio fare.

Los Angeles has the big Hollywood studios and the Oscars – and it also has the Los Angeles Film Festival which came into being in 1995. Over the years it has grown to become a much anticipated showcase for movie-loving Los Angelenos, showcasing pictures that differ from the standard fare of the city’s studios.

Talking Movies took a trip to LA to get a taste of the festival’s delights – including Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s airborne farce, I’m So Excited; the emergency room documentary, Code Black; and Workers, an arresting movie from first-time director, Jose Luis Valle.

The Los Angeles Film Festival isn’t an A-list festival nor does it claim to be – but it’s a growing, respected showcase that can draw top directors and ably cater to a local thirst for engaging innovative cinema

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