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Lily Tomlin comedy 'Grandma' to open Los Angeles Film Festival

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Aaron Epstein

Lily Tomlin’s latest film, Grandma, is set to open the Los Angeles Film Festival, Film Independent announced Tuesday. The film, directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy, In Good Company) stars Tomlin as Elle Reid, who sets off on a journey of discovery with her granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner). The film closed this year’s Sundance Film Festival. 

“Paul Weitz’s Grandma embodies our mission of supporting visionary artists and celebrating L.A.’s creative community,” the festival’s director, Stephanie Allain, said in a release. “As the exhibition arm of Film Independent, the Festival is thrilled to shine the spotlight on this very special film and on the great work of this year’s Spirit of Independence Honoree Lily Tomlin.”

The film also stars Nat Wolff (Admission, Paper Towns), Laverne Cox, Judy Greer, and Marcia Gay Harden. 

Film Independent announced several preliminary award recipients including Lily Tomlin, who would be receiving the Spirit of Independence Award. Rodrigo Garcia (Passengers, Albert Nobbs) was named the Guest Director of the Festival and Gale Ann Hurd is set to receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. 

Passes for the event will be available on April 21, with general admission tickets to individual films to go on sale to the public May 19. The full festival lineup will be released May 5. The Los Angeles Film Festival is scheduled for June 10-18.