Pedro Almodovar's Kinky Comedy 'I'm So Excited!' to Launch L.A. Film Fest, June 13

By Steve Pond, The Wrap

Pedro Almodóvar’s comedy “I’m So Excited!” will have its North American premiere as the opening-night film of the Los Angeles Film Festival, Film Independent announced on Wednesday.

The LAFF screening will begin the festival on Thursday, June 13 at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, kicking off a program of more than 200 features, shorts and music videos, as well as panels and interview programs.

"Pedro Almódovar is the cinematic gift who keeps on giving," said David Ansen, artistic director of the festival, in a statement. "For four decades he's amazed us with movies that are funny and dangerous, lovable and challenging, subversive and wildly inventive.  It's a privilege and pleasure to present his latest comic treasure as our opening night film."

Almódovar’s previous films include “The Skin I Live In,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” and the Oscar-winning “All About My Mother” and “Talk to Her.”

His new film, which will be released by Sony Classics on June 28,  follows a group of passengers on an airplane that is experiencing technical problems. Almost the entire film, a lighthearted but kinky comedy, takes place within the airplane.

Previously, Almodovar has served as the guest artistic director at the other major Los Angeles film festival, the AFI Fest.

This year’s LAFF will run from June 13 through June 23 at L.A. Live. Pre-sale benefits for Film Independent members will be available beginning April 11, with passes available to the general public on April 19.

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