The SXSW Film Festival will open on March 11 with the world premiere of Duncan Jones’ ticking bomb thriller Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan and Vera Farmiga. The Summit release (April 1, 2011) is Jones’ much-awaited follow-up to Moon. The SXSW fest and conference runs through March 19 in Austin, Texas.
Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man; he’s on a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. The government’s “Source Code” program enables him to take another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. Colter collects clues to stop another threat to kill millions in downtown Chicago.
Said SXSW film conference and fest producer Janet Pierson:
“We are delighted to welcome Duncan Jones back to SXSW. His debut Moon showed an intelligence, skill, and exceptional use of limited resources that’s exactly the kind of filmmaking we love to support. Source Code is a terrific follow-up; it’s a smart, suspenseful thriller, and a perfect fit for our 2011 Opening Night!”
Ben Ripley wrote the script, which was produced by the Mark Gordon Company and presented by Vendóme Pictures.
The fest will announce the complete lineup for nine days of screenings and 80 panels and workshops in early February (here are the already announced panels). Texas native Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) will share her filmmaking process in a Directing Workshop. Badges are available here.