While In the Heights is scheduled to get its “official” world premiere as the opening night showing for the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival on June 9th, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival has announced they’ll be having a special preview screening of the film on June 4th at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre.
Critics who have already seen the film (which is still embargoed from reviews, but allowed social media reactions recently) have almost unanimously celebrated its arrival onto the scene, positioning it as an early possible contender for next year’s awards season.
LALIFF will be partnering with Tribeca to celebrate their 20th anniversaries.
Edward James Olmos, founder of the Latino Film Institute, expressed his excitement over the upcoming screening, saying, “We cannot wait to share this incredible film with our audience as part of this year’s festival. ’In the Heights’ celebrates the Latino culture and allows us to continue to support our mission of providing a platform of stories that are told by us and for us. We are equally excited to partner with such a renowned film festival like Tribeca and we know that this will be a partnership that will flourish over the years.”
In the Heights is directed by Jon M. Chu, adapting from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2005 stage musical. On the news of the LALIFF screening, Miranda said, “’In the Heights’ is a story about a community. For 20 years, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and Edward James Olmos have been uplifting and providing a platform for Latino artists to share their own stories. It is with tremendous admiration and gratitude for those who have come before us that I am honored and humbled to have ‘In the Heights’ screen for the LALIFF community.”
The complete lineup and schedule for LALIFF will be announced in early May.
In the Heights will be available for everyone to see in theaters and streaming on HBO Max starting June 11th.