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To Downtown Los Angeles With Love: Los Angeles Film Festival Picks Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome With Love’ as Opening Night Film

Los Angeles’ hometown film festival, the aptly-titled Los Angeles Film Festival, returns to downtown La-la Land this summer and, if the festival’s first programming announcement is any indicator, Angelenos are in for a real treat this year. The festival has just announced their Opening Night Film, which is set to be the North American Premiere of Woody Allen‘s To Rome With Love.

We’ve got quite a bit of love for the film already – it just popped up on our Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2012 list at number 16 (beating out stuff like G.I. Joe, Battleship, and Step Up Revolution) earlier this week – and Allen has again assembled a great cast for a (hopefully) charming story of love, Italian style. The film stars Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, and Ellen Page, and will open in theaters on June 22.

This year’s festival will again be centered in downtown Los Angeles, with its central hub at the sprawling L.A. LIVE complex. The fest will run from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 24. Passes are currently on sale to past Festival attendees and Film Independent members, and they will be available to the general public on April 22. General admission tickets to individual films go on sale on May 29. Keep your eyes peeled for more on-the-ground Reject coverage of LAFF as we creep ever-closer to downtown’s best summer event.

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for VanityFair.com, Cosmopolitan.com, RollingStone.com, Vulture, MTV.com, Details.com, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and Film.com. She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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