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(photo: Greg Peters/Rogue Pictures)
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced their feature-film slate for this year’s fest, running March 12-20, in Austin, Texas. Over the course of nine days, 199 features will screen — including 55 world premieres — from a record 1,572 feature-length submissions. (The shorts program will be announced soon.) Below are some highlights, with descriptions courtesy of SXSW.com.
And Everything Is Going Fine
Director: Steven Soderbergh
An intimate portrait of master monologist Spalding Gray, as described by his most critical, irreverent, and insightful biographer, Spalding Gray.
Directors and Screenwriters: Jay and Mark Duplass
With John’s social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, a down-on-his-luck divorcée finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to discover she has another man in her life — her son.
Cast: John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, and Catherine Keener
Director and Screenwriter: Sebastian Gutierrez
A convoluted day in the life of recently retired porn star Elektra Luxx, as she tries to make it in the straight world.
Cast: Carla Gugino, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Timothy Olyphant, and Malin Akerman
Director and Screenwriter: Katie Aselton
A young married couple decides to give each other one night with someone else.
Cast: Dax Shepard and Katie Aselton
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Screenwriters: Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn
The film tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski, a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero.
Cast: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Nicolas Cage
Leaves of Grass
Director and Screenwriter: Tim Blake Nelson
A comic thriller that weaves together the diametrically opposed lives of identical twin brothers.
Cast: Edward Norton, Keri Russell, Tim Blake Nelson, Melanie Lynskey, and Richard Dreyfuss
Directors: Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski
This documentary delves into the personal and public life of heavy-metal icon and Motörhead front man Lemmy Kilmister.
Director: Jorma Taccone
Screenwriters: Will Forte, John Solomon, and Jorma Taccone
Will Forte brings his clueless soldier of fortune to the big screen.
Cast: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Maya Rudolph, and Val Kilmer
The People vs. George Lucas
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe
A no-holds-barred cultural examination of the conflicted dynamic between George Lucas and his fans over the past three decades.
Director and Screenwriter: Floria Sigismondi
The Runaways follows two friends, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands.
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, and Michael Shannon
Director: James Franco
With unprecedented access to the behind-the-scenes process of the writers, actors, and producers, Franco and his crew document what it takes to create one full episode of Saturday Night Live.
The Thorn in the Heart
Director: Michel Gondry
Michel Gondry’s newest film further propels his groundbreaking filmography into the realm of the unvisited, with a personal look at the life of the Gondry family matriarch, his aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son, Jean-Yves.
The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights
Director: Emmett Malloy
A visual and emotional feature-length film documenting the White Stripes making their way through Canada and culminating with their tenth-anniversary show, in Nova Scotia.
Director: Debra Granik
Screenwriters: Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
A 17-year-old must track down her father after he puts their house up for his bail and then disappears. If she fails, she and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods.
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Lauren Sweetser, and Dale Dickey