The Los Angeles Film Festival said today that Paul Weitz’s comedy Grandma will be the fest’s opening-night film after the Lily Tomlin-starring pic premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. That’s where Sony Pictures Classics scooped up world rights to the pic, about a self-described misanthrope (Tomlin) who has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter shows up needing help.
Sony made the deal for $2 million and will be pushing Tomlin’s performance for awards season — a move that starts here with the LA-centered fest, which also will honor Tomlin with its Spirit of Independence Award. Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox and Sam Elliott co-star. No U.S. release date has been set.
The festival, which runs through June 18, also tapped Rodrigo García (Albert Nobbs) as Guest Director, and The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd will receive the fest’s Glory to the Filmmaker award.
The fest’s full lineup will be announced May 5.