The official lineup is out for the 24th annual SXSW film festival (March 10th-19th, 2017) and it’s gonna be one for the books! Because not only is the opening-night film set in Austin, it’s also fittingly making its world debut in Austin, along with several other great features for all film fans. This year, expect to see a star-studded list of fantastic films at SXSW from crime-thrillers and epic adaptations to dramas and foreign films that you don’t want to miss! Here’s some of the many great movies that will be screening at the festival this year.
Song to Song – Directed by Terrence Malick
Kicking off the film festival this year will be the recent work of writer and cinematic poet, Terrerance Malick (Thin Red Line, The New World) entitled Song to Song. Set in the scintillating and seductive Austin music scene, this modern love story is full of drama, rock n’ roll and a dynamic cast that includes Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Christian Bale! Song to Song follows an entangled love triangle between musicians Faye and BV, along with music Mogul Cook, and as they struggle with betrayal, obsession and romance in a fast-paced, turbulent industry. Filming for Malick’s long-anticipated movie began around 2011 at the Austin City Limits festival and is finally making its world premier right here where it all began! There’s even a few real-life musicians in the film like Florence + the Machine, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith.
American Gods – Directed by David Slade
Screening in SXSW’s episodic series, American Gods is an epic adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s award winning novel of the same name. This fantastical STARZ series, directed by David Slade (Hannibal, 30 Days of Night) follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) as they prepare for an imminent mythical battle between the Old Gods and New Gods. Blending Americana, historical and modern mythology, this series is great for all sci-fi and fantasy movie fans and features great story-telling, amazing imagery and badass characters. S.1. E.1, which will make its world premier at SXSW this year, starts with a broken man suffering his sentence in prison and longing to see his wife again until unexpected news releases him early. Don’t miss the first episode in an amazing series about Gods, inner-demons and the strength of the human spirit.
The Melody of Dust – Directed by Viacom NEXT
Exploring the mind of a tortured musician, The Melody of Dust is a mind-bending, mellifluous head trip (pun intended) for the new HTC Vive that brings VR to the masses. The Melody of Dust, directed by Viacom NEXT, takes you inside a world where every object contains a unique melody and you can jam out to an original score from Hot Sugar. This amazing musical journey is considered as a “new take on live performance” that showcases the latest and greatest in VR technology. Whether you’re a tech savvy gamer who has to try all the recent trends or a newbie who wants to dip their toes into virtual reality, this audio/visual experience is something that everyone should try!
Small Town Crime – Directed by Eschom and Ian Nelms
From the brilliant minds of Eshom and Ian Nelms (Waffle House, Night of the Dog, Lost on Purpose) comes this nail-biting mystery about murder and atonement. Small Town Crime tells the story of an ex-cop searching for redemption when he finds the body of a young girl and becomes obsessed with finding her killer, putting both himself and his family in danger. With a seasoned cast that includes Robert Forster, Octavia Spencer and John Hawkes, this movie is full of emotion and edge-of-your-seat suspense that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Residente – Directed by Rene Perez Joglar
Set in the Latin-American music scene, the eponymous Residente follows the life and musical career of the renowned Puerto Rican rapper and founder of alternative rap group Calle 13. In the film, a celebrated Latin American Artist (Rene Perez AKA Residente) embarks on a global journey of self-discovery to trace the footsteps of his ancestry and record his latest album. The more Perez learns about his roots throughout the film, the more inspiration he gains for both his personal life and his music.
The full SXSW film festival lineup will be announced January, 31, 2017 with the exception of Midnight features, which will be revealed with the short film program on Tuesday, February 7th. In the meantime, register for your film badge here and keep checking out seemefeedmereadme for more updates and highlights from the festival.