SXSW Announces Films
Miike, mumblecore faves and more than your screen can hold
By Richard Whittaker,
3:37PM, Wed. Feb. 2, 2011
Cineastes, breathe a sigh of relief: The lineup for SXSW 2011 is out!
You can read the full listing here, but here's the quick skinny and a few highlights. Trust us, there is lots more to talk about: Our quick list barely scratches the surface, and there are still Midnighters, SXFantastic Features and the shorts program to announce yet.
Check back here for fuller lists, more details and trailers over the days ahead.
Joining the already-announced Source Code Paul, The Beaver and Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, there's the new Takashi Miike, 13 Assassins, the highly anticipated anti-superhero flick from James Gunn Super, and a special Ain't It Cool News 15th anniversary screening.
Thumbsucker director Mike Mills teams with Ewan McGregor for Beginners, while Fantastic Fest fave Ti West brings his new creeper The Innkeepers to town. The list also includes Reggie Rock Bythewood's eagerly awaited One Night in Vegas about the friendship between Tupac Shakur and Mike Tyson, and Fubar: Balls to the Wall, the sequel to 2002's Canadian headbanging oddity Fubar.
The spotlight for new talents returns. Expect a lot of eyes on the return of two mumblecore mainstays: Greta Gerwig stars in The Dish and the Spoon, while Joe Swanberg snagged Ti West for his werewolf flick Silver Bullets.
Lone Star States
The slot for films by Texans and about Texas returns, complete with Emily "Zombie Girl" Hagins' antidote to Vampires Suck, My Sucky Teen Romance, and Nobelity director Turk Pipkin's Building Hope (an early cut of which screens Thursday, Feb. 3 as part of the Austin Film Society's Docs-in-Progress series: Tickets here.)
24 Beats per Minute
What's a film festival in the live music capitol of the world without music docs? Featuring modern rock gods The Foo Fighters, New Orleans jazz in Live at Preservation hall: Louisiana Fairytale, and a little something called Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW.
Since the world is coming to Austin anyway, they'll be bringing their movies with them. Check for passports from Israel (Andante), Denmark (Armadillo) and more.
The cream of the crop that has already debuted elsewhere, including Werner Herzog's 3d debut with Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Morgan Spurlock's product-placement-busting POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and (don't tell the kids) Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.
Twilight director and UT alum Catherine Hardwick will be spooling up a special screening of Red Riding Hood, but also make time for one-offs like Buster Keaton's The Cameraman, complete with like soundtrack by Bee vs. Moth. And if you're wondering what Fubar: Balls to the Wall is about, you can catch the original Fubar here.
Narrative Feature Competition
96 Minutes Director & Writer: Aimée Lagos (World Premiere)
A Year in Mooring Director: Chris Eyre, Writer: Peter Vanderwall (World Premiere)
American Animal Director & Writer: Matt D'Elia (World Premiere)
Charlie Casanova (Ireland) Director & Writer: Terry McMahon (World Premiere)
Fly Away Director & Writer: Janet Grillo (World Premiere)
Happy New Year Director & Writer: K. Lorrel Manning (World Premiere)
Natural Selection Director & Writer: Robbie Pickering (World Premiere)
Small, Beautifully Moving Parts Directors & Writers: Annie J. Howell & Lisa Robinson (World Premiere)
Documentary Feature Competition
A Mouthful Director: Sally Rowe (World Premiere)
Better This World Directors: Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega (World Premiere)
The City Dark Director: Ian Cheney (World Premiere)
Dragonslayer Director: Tristan Patterson (World Premiere)
Fightville Directors: Michael Tucker & Petra Epperlein (World Premiere)
Kumaré (U.S.A/India) Director: Vikram Gandhi (World Premiere)
Last Days Here Directors: Don Argott & Demian Fenton (World Premiere)
Where Soldiers Come From Director: Heather Courtney (World Premiere)