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‘Room’ For… Rent?

'Room' For... Rent?

Press Release:

Austin Film Society & South by Southwest Present A Pre-Cannes Sneak Preview & Fundraiser for the feature film ‘Room’

WHEN: Sun May 1, 1 PM
WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 South Lamar
COST: $12 / $10 (AFS members, must present card at screening for discount)

AFS and SXSW are proud to announce that the feature film ROOM by Austin filmmaker Kyle Henry will celebrate its international premiere at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Director’s Fortnight program. The film, funded in part by two AFS Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund grants, and co-produced by The 7th Floor and Michael Stipe’s C-Hundred Film Corp., had its American premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Henry joins fellow Austinite Robert Rodriguez, whose feature SIN CITY will screen at Cannes in the official competition.

ROOM follows the visionary crisis of a working class wife and mother on her journey to the edge of sanity. Part psychological thriller, part political critique, this daring feature dazzled VARIETY’s reviewer at its Sundance premiere. ROOM, he wrote, is ” a perceptive, unsettling psychodrama [and a] deeply compelling character study in which ideas about self and society are married to a genuinely original curiosity about human behavior. Henry has a special knack for capturing honest, unfettered moments of connection.”

Shot on location in Austin, Houston, and New York City, the film stars Austin stage actress and playwright Cyndi Williams, who, according to VARIETY, “excels. . . she exudes a powerful magnetism.”

This special fundraiser allows Austin audiences a sneak peek at the film before its premiere at Cannes, and will help raise funds needed to pay for the filmmaker and actress’s travel expenses.

The film’s latest honor will mark the third time Austin filmmakers feature work have screened at the prestigious Cannes festival. First was Tobe Hooper in 1974 (THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), then Terrence Malick in 1979 (DAYS OF HEAVEN).

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