Woody Allen's latest European-based drama "To Rome with Love" is set to have its first North American premiere at the 18th annual Los Angeles Film Festival. The festival organizers announced on Thursday, April 12 that Allen's starry dramedy has been tapped to open the event on Thursday, June 14.
"I can't think of a better way to kick off this year's festival than with the original independent filmmaker himself, Woody Allen," the festival director Stephanie Allain said in a statement. "It's a true honor for Los Angeles to host the North American premiere of 'To Rome with Love'."
The 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival will run from June 14 to 24. More than 200 feature films, shorts and music videos from over 30 countries are scheduled to be screened throughout the annual event. The festival is produced by Film Independent, the same company which also organized the Spirit Awards.
As for Allen's "To Rome with Love", the drama, which is told in four vignettes, follows the life of some Americans, some Italians, some residents, some visitors - and the romances, adventures as well as predicaments they get into. The movie was previously known as "The Bop Decameron" and "Nero Fiddled".
In addition to Allen himself, the Rome-set film stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page. Sony Pictures Classic will release the film in the U.S. on June 22.