By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 19, 2010 at 9:44AM
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced that Chris Morris' Sundance favorite "Four Lions" will be its Closing Night film, to play on Saturday, March 20 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas. SXSW also released additional feature and short titles or the 2010 event, which will take place March 12-20, 2010. indieWIRE announced the festival's feature and short lineups earlier this month.
Additional Feature Films in the 2010 SXSW Film Festival include (with descriptions provided by the festival):
Four Lions (United Kingdom)
Director: Chris Morris. Screenwriters: Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell and Chris Morris Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. Cast: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeel Akhtar
Director: Elijah Drenner. Screenwriters: Calum Wadell and Elijah Drenner This feature documentary chronicles the history of the American Exploitation Film. It digs deep into this often overlooked category of U.S. cinema and unearths the shameless and occasionally shocking origins of this popular entertainment. (World Premiere)
Directors: Ivan Engler and Ralf Etter. Screenwriters: Johnny Hartmann, Thilo Roescheisen, Patrik Steinmann Cargo is an intelligent science-fiction thriller that puts an electrifying, futuristic spin on present-day preoccupations like flight from reality, and destruction of the environment. Cast: Anna Katharina Schwabroth, Martin Rapold, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Pierre Semmler (U.S. Premiere)
Haynesville: The Hunt for an Energy Future
Director and Screenwriter: Gregory Kallenberg Haynesville documents the discovery of the largest natural gas field in the nation, its momentous impact on three people's lives, and the affect this historic find could have on our energy future. (North American Premiere)
A NY Thing
Director & Screenwriter: Olivier Lecot A French romantic follows his object of desire to New York where over the course of 3 crazed and ardent days he must convince her of the authenticity of his love in a comic and melancholy journey where love reveals its peculiar nature. Cast: Jonathan Zaccai, Fanny Valette, Greta Gerwig, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Leo Fitzpatrick (North American Premiere)
Lone Star States
Director: Anthony Burns. Screenwriters: Anthony Burns, Brandon Freeman, Heath Freeman In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way. Cast: Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene, Heath Freeman, Brett Cullen, Melinda McGraw, Taylor Handley, Haley Ramm, and A.J. Buckley
24 Beats Per Second
Director: Guto Barra. Writer: Guto Barra and Beco Dranoff From Carmen Miranda to Bebel Gilberto, from Tropicalia to Favela Funk, Brazilian music has been influencing the world for 70 years. The global love affair with Brazil is revisited by the ones who lived it.
Director: Don Letts Joe Strummer's untimely death sent shockwaves around the music world and beyond. In this documentary, Grammy winner Don Letts shows how Joe's spirit lives on through a charity set up in his memory, Strummerville. (World Premiere)
This Movie is Broken
Director: Bruce McDonald. Screenwriter: Don McKellar
On a hot summer's night in Toronto, a Broken Social Scene show tops all expectations and resonates deep into the morning, into the lives of two close friends & closer than they knew (World Premiere)
When You're Strange - a film about the Doors
Director: Tom DiCillo Narrated by Johnny Depp, the first feature documentary about The Doors provides a previously unseen view of the legendary quartet, comprised entirely of historic archival footage shot between 1965 and 1971.
The Sound of Insects - Record of a Mummy
Director: Peter Liechti A cinematic manifesto for life, challenged by the main character's radical renunciation of life itself.
Waking Sleeping Beauty
Director: Don Hahn From 1984 to 1994, a perfect storm of people and circumstances changed the face of animation forever.
Director and Screenwriter: Gerard Johnson A week in the life of Tony, an alienated psychopath with severe social problems, an obsession for action films and a horrible moustache. Cast: Peter Ferdinando, Ricky Grover, George Russo, Francis Pope, Neil Maskell, Lorenzo Camporese, Vicky Murdock
Director and Screenwriter: Rob Sterfaniuk Suck is a rock and roll vampire movie that follows "The Winners" on their final doomed tour down a highway to hell. Cast: Rob Stefaniuk, Jessica Pare, Dave Foley, Moby, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Dimitri Coats, Alex Lifeson with Alice Cooper and Malcolm McDowell. (US. Premiere)
Additional Short Films in the 2010 SXSW Film Festival include:
Director: Spike Jonze
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Drake and Lindsay are successful alcoholics who may need to rethink their definition of "success."
Director: Anne Lewis An over-scheduled, guilt-ridden and totally self-absorbed daughter comes to visit Mom at the retirement home and withers from the contempt that she's certain the staff and other residents have for her. Plus, she "just knows" that they prefer her dashing, bachelor brother to her.
Robin Hood Gardens
Director: Martin Ginestie An investigation into the debate surrounding the fate of Robin Hood Gardens, controversial East London housing estate described as a dilapidated concrete eyesore by some and a masterpiece in Brutalist architecture by others.
Star Wars: Retold
Director: Joe Nicolosi An animated retelling of the original Star Wars trilogy, according to a girl who's never actually watched Star Wars. Her rendition, pieced together from pop-culture references and Kevin Smith jokes, offers a fun glance at the cultural impact Star Wars has had on those who haven't watched the films.