Nbff kicks off opening night with Sundance
hit “American Animals
.” The British-American true crime drama, written and directed by Bart Layton
, starring Evan Peters
, Barry Keoghan
, Blake Jenner
and Jared Abrahamson
, will be followed by a gala reception at the Fashion Island shopping mall.
The fest will end its eight-day run with the West Coast premiere of “All Square
,” director John Hyams
’ dramedy about a small-time bookie (Michael Kelly
) who comes up with a scheme to take bets on Little League games.
Following the screening, the fest, in partnership with Schiefer ChopShop and Via Lido Plaza, will host the closing-night celebration. The outdoor event will feature a hosted bar by Tito’s Vodka
, Oban Whiskey and Guinness
, with culinary tastings from top local restaurants.
In between those bookends, Nbff will host the U.S. premieres of the Italian feature “Wife and Husband,” the Chinese film “End of Summer,” the Japanese award-winning film “3 Ft.