We had a swell time at the CineVegas Film Festival last year -- no surprise, considering it's a party-oriented fest set in the heart of glitzy, glamorous, sweaty Las Vegas. Oh, and they show movies, too, and they've just announced nine world premieres for the 11th edition of CineVegas, to be held June 10-15.

The opening-night gala will center around Saint John of Las Vegas, starring Steve Buscemi as a recovering gambling addict whose job requires him to return to Sin City. Sarah Silverman, Tim Blake Nelson, John Cho, and Peter Dinklage co-star, which means hilarity cannot fail to ensue.

The entire slate has not been announced yet, but the eight other world premieres have been. Here's a brief rundown:
  • Asylum Seekers: Six about-to-lose-it individuals check into a mental institution, then find there's only room for one of them.
  • Daylight: A pregnant newlywed is taken hostage. I don't know how this ends, but I suspect the message is DO NOT MESS WITH A PREGNANT WOMAN.
  • Easier with Practice: A would-be novelist falls in love with a mysterious phone-sex operator. I think we've all been there.
  • Etienne!: A man's only friend, a tiny hamster, is diagnosed with cancer, so the guy takes his pal on a bicycle trip to show him the world before he dies. If this movie makes me cry over the death of a hamster, I will cold stab somebody.

  • Godspeed: The CineVegas description merely says it's "an intense, dramatic thriller set in the lingering light of the Alaskan midnight sun."
  • Mercy: A cynical writer talks a lot about love but doesn't really believe in it until he meets a woman named Mercy. Scott Caan stars.
  • Patriotville: It's a close call with Etienne!, but this description might be my favorite: "An idealistic museum manager and a beautiful troublemaker go to war with a corrupt mayor to stop a casino from being built on their town's historic battlefield." The stars are Justin Long, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Corddry, and Missi Pyle.
  • Redland: Set during the Great Depression (the first one, not the upcoming one), this is about an isolated rural family dealing with their daughter's "secret affair." Scandalous!
More about the CineVegas Film Festival can be found here.