The world famous South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas has become a multi-faceted phenomenon. The Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSWÂ® is the premier destination for discovery in a 9 dayÂ celebration lasting from March 10-19th. Below is a listing of a few selections that will be featured in competition.
DAPHNE, Peter Mackie Burns
UNITED KINGDOM – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
DirectorÂ Peter Mackie Burns and producers Valentina Brazzini and Tristan Goligher’s (45 YEARS, WEEKEND) DAPHNE is a gripping and intimate character study, illuminated by a breakout performance from Emily Beecham (INTO THE BADLANDS; HAIL, CAESAR!).Â Sharp-witted, Â capable Â and Â charismatic, Â thirty-one-year-old Londoner Daphne Vitale (Beecham) seems to have everything going for her… if you catch her on the right day. Other times, she’s scattered and self-destructive, prone to high-risk conduct and outbursts Â of Â temper. Â When Daphne finds herself Â drawn Â into Â a Â violent Â incident, her fragile grasp on Â her Â own Â behaviour Â loosens. Â Will the emotional fallout Â help her to find a new footing – or sink her altogether?Â 87mins.
Saturday, Mar. 11 at 2:15pmÂ – Alamo Lamar A (Premiere)
Monday, Mar. 13 at 10:45amÂ – Alamo Ritz 2
Friday, Mar. 17 at 7:15pmÂ – Alamo Lamar B
GEMINI, Aaron Katz
USA – WORLD PREMIERE
In this stylish, unsettling thriller from John Cassavetes Award-winning director Aaron Katz (COLD WEATHER, LAND HO!) and producers Mynette Louie (THE INVITATION, COLD COMES THE NIGHT), Sara Murphy (PERSON TO PERSON, MORRIS FROM AMERICA) and Adele Romanski (THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER, MOONLIGHT), a heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant (Lola Kirke – MISTRESS AMERICA, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, GONE GIRL) and her Hollywood starlet boss (ZoÃ« Kravitz – MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, DIVERGENT). As the assistant travels across Los Angeles to unravel the mystery, she must stay one step ahead of a determined policeman (John Cho – STAR TREK, HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE) and confront her own understanding of friendship, truth, and celebrity.Â 93mins.
Sunday, Mar. 12 at 9:30pmÂ – Stateside Theatre (Premiere)
Tuesday, Mar. 14 at 3:00pmÂ – Alamo Lamar E
Thursday, Mar. 16 at 6:45pmÂ – Zach Theatre
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
I AM ANOTHER YOU, Nanfu Wang
USA – World Premiere
When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang, acclaimed director of the Academy shortlisted HOOLIGAN SPARROW, first came to America, Florida seemed like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she encounters Dylan, a charismatic young drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family life on the streets. Fascinated by his choice and rejection of society’s rules, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera on a journey that takes her across America and explores the meaning of freedom. Several years later, she discovers that Dylan has been harboring darker secrets than she’d realized.Â 85mins.
Sunday, Mar. 12 at 1:45pmÂ – Alamo Ritz 1 (Premiere)
Monday, Mar. 13 at 11:45amÂ – Alamo Lamar A
Thursday, Mar. 16 at 4:30pmÂ – Alamo Lamar A
THE SECRET LIFE OF LANCE LETSCHER, Sandra Adair
USA – World Premiere
Sandra Adair, the Oscar-nominatedÂ®Â editor of BOYHOOD and the BEFORE trilogy and longtime collaborator of Richard Linklater, now makes her directorial debut with this dive into the colorful world of acclaimed artist Lance Letscher. After 30 years of working in the visual arts, Letscher has proven himself to be a modern master of collage. While developing a new project for the legendary South Congress Books in Austin, Texas, Letscher reflects for the first time on camera about his chaotic rise from an art student at the University of Texas to the subject of renowned solo exhibitions all over the world. The documentary boasts contributions from stalwarts of Texas cinema, including a propulsive original score by Graham Reynolds (A SCANNER DARKLY, The BEFORE Trilogy), cinematography by Jason Gamble Harter and editing by Sandra Adair. 95mins.
Sunday, Mar. 12 at 11:15amÂ – Alamo Ritz 1 (Premiere)
Monday, Mar. 13 at 5:00pmÂ – Alamo Lamar A
Wednesday, Mar. 15 at 9:30pmÂ – Alamo Lamar A
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