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Austin Film Festival Revs Up With Ford v Ferrari

By Richard Whittaker, September 26, 2019, 10:00am, Picture in Picture

It seems like yesterday that Austin Film Festival announced the local debut for the highly-touted Portrait of a Lady on Fire and a retrospective screening of The Blair Witch Project. In fact, it was Tuesday, but now the fest unleashes a storm of titles in its complete feature lineup, including autosports clash Ford v Ferrari.

The story of the friendship of American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and British driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) takes pole position on this morning's list, but it's a crowded field as the festival (running Oct. 24-31) adds a whole roster of big titles just in time for award season. Shia LeBeouf's self-critical semi-autobiography about childhood in Hollwyood, Honey Boy, is being talked about as a career best, while Edward Norton sets out to revive the American crime epic with his adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's novel Motherless Brooklyn.

There's also a raft of world premieres: aside from the previously announced The VICE Guide to Bigfoot, look out for the first screening ever of Last Week At Ed’s by Meg and Lawrence Kasdan, true-life police brutality narrative The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, and Austin-made documentary Cowboys.

Of course, that's not the only Texas or Austin movie appearing at AFF. Congrats to all the local filmakers showing off the Austin scene, including Elena Weinberg and Duncan Coe who finally get to show off their sci-fi mystery A Room Full of Nothing, and joining a roster that includes such other famous current and former Austinites as Terrence Malick (A Hidden Life) and Trey Edward Shults (Waves).

Austin Film Festival 2019 runs Oct. 24-31: passes and info at Now here's the full feature lineup:

Marquee Features

A Hidden Life D: Terrence Malick
Clemency D: Chinonye Chukwu
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Oh My God I Think It’s Over D: Katie Hyde (in attendance)
Ford v Ferrari D: James Mangold
Harriet D: Kasi Lemmons
Honey Boy D: Alma Har’el
Last Week At Ed’s D: Meg Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan (World Premiere)
Marriage Story D: Noah Baumbach
Motherless Brooklyn D: Edward Norton
Peace D: Robert Port (World Premiere)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire D: Céline Sciamma
Rattlesnake D: Zak Hilditch (World Premiere)
Skyman D: Daniel Myrick (World Premiere)
The Kill Team D: Dan Krauss
The Report D: Scott Z. Burns
The Truth D: Hirokazu Koreeda
The Two Popes D: Fernando Meirelles
Waves D: Trey Edward Shults
Yellow Rose D: Diane Paragas

Marquee Television

Into the Dark: Pilgrim D: Noah Feinberg and Marcus Dunstan (in attendance) & Patrick Melton
Seinfeld Retrospective Presented by Alec Berg & David Mandel (Creators: Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David) showing “The Label Maker” (1995) and “The Bizarro Jerry (1996)”

Narrative Features

The Bygone D: Graham Phillips, Parker Phillips
DC Noir D: George Pelecanos, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Nick Pelecanos, Stephen Kinigopoulos
Drowning D: Melora Walters (North American Premiere)
Family Obligations D: Kenneth R. Frank
The Illegal D: Danish Renzu
The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain D: David Midell (World Premiere)
Limbo D: Tim Dunschede (North American Premiere)
Not To Be Unpleasant But We Need To Have A Serious Talk D: Giorgos Georgopoulos (World Premiere)
Undertow D: Miranda Nation (North American Premiere)
Wade in the Water D: Mark Wilson
The Witness D: Mitko Panov

Comedy Vanguard Features

Man Camp D: Nate Bakke
The Planters D: Alexandra Kotcheff, Hannah Leder
Red Rover D: Shane Belcourt (US Premiere)
Sawah D: Adolf El Assal(North American)
The VICE Guide to Bigfoot D: Zach Lamplugh (World Premiere)
Treasure Trouble D: Dan Erickson

Dark Matters Features

A Patient Man D: Kevin Ward
Macabre D: Marcos Prado (North American Premiere)
Noise D: Jeremy Laval (North American Premiere)
Sleeping in Plastic D: Van Ditthavong (World Premiere)
Swing Low D: Teddy Grennan
The Wretched D: Brett Pierce, Drew Pierce

Documentary Feature

Against The Tides D: Stefan Stuckert (North American Premiere)
The Animal People D: Cassandra Suchan, Denis Henry Hennelly (World Premiere)
Cowboys D: John Langmore, Bud Force (World Premiere)
Cows With No Name D: Hubert Charuel (North American Premiere)
Flannery D: Elizabeth Coffman
Guest House D: Hannah Dweck, Yael Luttwak
Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film D: William Conlin
Paradise Without People D: Francesca Trianni
Pipe Dreams D: Stacey Tenenbaum
There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv D: Duki Dror (North American Premiere)
This Might Hurt D: Marion Cunningham (World Premiere)

Texas Independent Features

Apartment 413 D: Matt Patterson
A Room Full of Nothing D: Elena Weinberg, Duncan Coe
I’ve Got Issues D: Steve Collins (World Premiere)
When We Last Spoke D: Joanne Hock

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