The 2014 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has narrowed a record 2,215 feature-length film submissions to a lucky 115 films. SXSW has officially released this year’s features lineup and plans to screen the films over the course of nine days from March 7-15.
Among the chosen few are the highly anticipated “Veronica Mars” movie starring Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, the aptly-named comedy “Bad Words,” Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” which premiered at Sundance to rave reviews, and the Zellner brothers’ “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.”
Some lesser-known titles that are bound to receive more recognition include Diego Luna’s biographical drama “Cesar Chavez” starring John Malkovich, America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson; the off-beat comedy “Kelly and Cal” starring Juliette Lewis and Cybil Shepherd; an adaptation of the Larry Brown novel “Joe” starring Nicolas Cage; and “Manny,” a documentary detailing the life of boxer-turned-Congressman Manny Pacquiao.
The 2014 SXSW Film Festival will also introduce the “Episodic” screening
category this year, which will feature
premieres of innovative new work hitting the small screen, including HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” Hulu’s “Deadbeat,” and FOX’s “COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey“ and “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” debuting on Robert Rodriguez’s El
Below are the announced features (synopses courtesy of SXSW):
world premieres, eight unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling.
Selected from 1,324 films submitted to SXSW 2014. Films screening in Narrative Feature
Carlos Marques Marcet, Screenwriters: Carlos
Marques-Marcet, Clara Roquet Autonell
A year of a long
distance relationship, two computers and two cities – Los Angeles and
Barcelona, can love survive 6,000 miles?
Cast: Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer (World
Collin Schiffli, Screenwriter: David Dastmalchian
Jude and Bobbie
are a young, homeless couple who masterfully con and steal in an attempt to
stay one step ahead of their addiction. They are ultimately forced to face the
reality of their situation when one of them is hospitalized.
Dastmalchian, Kim Shaw, John Heard (World Premiere)
Based on the
2013 Academy Award-winning short film Curfew. At the lowest
point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to
look after his eleven-year-old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.
Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Ron Perlman, Richard
Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers
It shouldn’t be
this hard for Allie and Harper to get to the beach.
Elliott, Clare McNulty, Griffin Newman, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, Neil Casey (World
A man begins to
suspect that his long-distance girlfriend, whom he met online but has never met
in person, has been living in the same city the whole time and sets out to find
Gallagher Jr., Kate Lyn Sheil, David Call, Louisa Krauss (World
I Believe in
Unicorns follows the lyrical journey of an imaginative teenage girl
who runs away from home with an older punk rock drifter, but not even unicorns
can save her now.
Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz, Toni Meyerhoff (World
A dark comedy
about rage, doubt, lust, madness and other brotherly hand-me-downs.
Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Mickey Sumner, Austin Pendleton (World
Lawrence Michael Levine
elderly neighbor suddenly drops dead, a young Brooklyn couple investigates
signs of foul play.
Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Alia Shawkat, Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter (World
from 892 submissions, the eight world premieres in the Documentary Feature
category bring real world stories to life, demonstrating innovation, energy and
bold voices. Films
screening in Documentary Feature Competition are:
With The End
With the End takes viewers on a profound, and profoundly moving, journey
with a group of high school seniors working as trained hospice volunteers — a
story of beginnings and endings in a year of self-discovery and awakening. (World
Born To Fly
Born To Fly pushes the
boundaries between action and art, daring us to join choreographer Elizabeth
Streb and her dancers in pursuit of human flight. (World
Penetrating the oil industry’s
secretive world, The Great Invisible examines the Deepwater Horizon disaster through the eyes of
oil executives, explosion survivors and Gulf Coast residents who were left to
pick up the pieces when the world moved on. (World Premiere)
Jason Sussberg, David Alvarado
scientists struggle to create eternal youth in a world they call “blind to the
tragedy of old age.” As they
battle their own aging and suffer the losses of loved ones, their scientific
journeys ultimately become personal. (World Premiere)
Light reveals the drama and the daring of artist Leo Villareal
and a small team of visionaries who battle seemingly impossible challenges to
turn a dream of creating the world’s largest LED light sculpture into a
glimmering reality. (World Premiere)
America’s most notorious white mariachi singer on his misadventures in Cuba.
Lopez, Clay Tweel
The 3D Printing
revolution has begun. Who will make it? (World
A fearless sea
captain, Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, sails a ship through loopholes in international
law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of
emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms. (World
names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet
premieres & gala film events with major & rising names in cinema. Films
screening in Headliners are:
Chef is a rich and
vibrant comedy – the story of Carl Casper (Favreau), who loses his chef job and
cooks up a food truck business in hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise.
At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family.
Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale,
Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey, Jr., Emjay Anthony (World
Gordon Green, Screenwriters: Larry Brown, Gary Hawkins
A gripping mix
of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in this
adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel.
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan (U.S.
Nicholas Stoller, Screenwriters: Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O’Brien
Seth Rogen, Zac
Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about
a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next
to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby.
Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Ike
Barinholtz, Lisa Kudrow (Worldwide Debut –
Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
adventure through time centered on a secret government time traveling agency
designed to prevent future killers and terrorists from committing their crimes.
Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor (World Premiere)
Rob Thomas, Screenwriter: Diane Ruggiero
walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled
back to her hometown, an ex-boyfriend with baggage, and an unraveling murder
Bell, Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen, Enrico Colantoni (World
profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or US
Premieres at SXSW. Films
screening in Narrative Spotlight are:
Karas, Screenwriters: Gene Hong, Jeremy Sisto
brothers reunite to make an improbable run at a grand slam tennis tournament.
The mismatched pair, with some unlikely help from a precocious 11-year-old boy,
re-discover their game and their brotherhood.
Sisto, David Walton, Joshua Rush, J.K. Simmons, Amy Smart (World
Chavez chronicles the
birth of a modern American movement led by famed civil rights leader and labor
organizer, Cesar Chavez.
Cast: Rosario Dawson, John
Malkovich, Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann (North
An expert on
cults is hired by a mother and father to kidnap and deprogram their brainwashed
daughter. He soon begins to suspect the parents may be more destructive than
the cult he’s being hired to save her from.
Cast: Leland Orser, Mary Elizabeth
Winstead, Chris Ellis, Lance Reddick, Jon Gries (World
Matt Rabinowitz, Screenwriter: Carlos Colungu
An estranged son
travels back home to confront his overbearing father to see if there is any
relationship left between them.
Gail, Coleman Kelly, Anastassia Sendyk, Katherine Cortez, Oliver Seitz (World
McGowan, Screenwriter: Amy Lowe Starbin
Cal explores the heartfelt, somewhat absurd moments in our
lives when we seek out a little bit of extra attention.
Juliette Lewis, Jonny Weston, Josh Hopkins, Cybil Shepherd (World
The Mule (Australia)
Directors: Angus Sampson, Tony Mahony, Screenwriters: Leigh
Whannell, Angus Sampson
In 1983, a naive
man is detained by Australian Federal Police with lethal narcotics hidden in
his stomach. Caught, ‘The Mule’ makes a desperate choice…to defy his bodily
functions and withhold the evidence…literally.
Weaving, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina
Haig, Noni Hazlehurst, John Noble (World Premiere)
A Night In
Old Mexico (USA / Spain)
Emilio Aragón, Screenwriter: William D. Wittliff
Forced to give
up his land and home, Texas rancher Red Bovie isn’t about to retire quietly in
a dismal trailer park. Instead he hits the road with his estranged grandson for
one last adventure.
Duvall, Jeremy Irvine, Angie Cepeda, Luis Tosar, Joaquín Cosio (World
A young man with
mental health issues becomes intimate with a suicidal air hostess but his
obsessive mother enlists a dysfunctional cop to separate them.
Fox, Moe Dunford, Catherine Walker, Philip Jackson (World
Landen, Screenwriter: Andrew Rothschild
Faced with stage
three cancer, a young woman sets out to end her life on her own terms, in
Sequoia National Park.
Cast: Aly Michalka, Dustin
Milligan, Todd Lowe, Demetri Martin, Sophi Bairley (World
unravels when she starts working with a new client, Johnny.
Bloom, Marc Menchaca, Dennis Boutsikaris, Laila (North
After being hit
by a car, a woman (Leslie Bibb) comes home to realize her friends don’t really
want to take care of her. Desperate for help, she turns to an unlikely source.
Bibb, Thomas Sadoski, Betty Gilpin, Michael Stahl David, Nadia Dajani (World
Thank You a
two-bit music manager will lose his job unless he signs a reclusive country
music singer, James Hand, who also happens to be his estranged father.
DeLong, James Hand, Robyn Rikoon, Sonny Carl Davis, Jeffery Da’Shade Johnson (World
Klein, Screenwriters: Joe Conway, Saar Klein
loses his job and embarks on a life of crime. As Bill stays ahead of the law,
he discovers that sometimes the only thing worse than getting caught is getting
away with it.
Bentley, Jason Isaacs, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett (North
Alex R. Johnson
Two Step is a
fast-paced Texas thriller in which the lives of James, a directionless college
dropout, and Webb, a career criminal with his back against the wall, violently
Broderick, James Landry Hébert, Skyy Moore, Jason Douglas, Ashley Rae Spillers (World
Towne, Simon Helberg, Screenwriter: Simon Helberg
Have Paris is a clumsy and at once human account of screwing up on a
transcontinental level in a noble effort to win back “the one.”
Helberg, Maggie Grace, Melanie Lynskey, Alfred Molina, Zachary Quinto, Jason
Ritter (World Premiere)
a light on new documentary features receiving their World, North American or
U.S. Premieres at SXSW. Films
screening in Documentary Spotlight are:
stuntman and high wire artist puts his family and future on the line when he
rallies a group of East Texas landowners and activists to blockade the
controversial Keystone XL pipeline. (World Premiere)
Abbie came of
age in honky tonks, defying her life threatening disease, but all the while
longing for an identity of her own. Now that she is 18, how much is she willing
to sacrifice for her independence? (World Premiere)
Travis Rummel, Ben Knight
film odyssey across America explores the sea change in national attitude from
pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own
future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. (World
Doc of the
Alexandre O. Philippe
zombie culture documentary, from the makers of The People vs. George Lucas. Doc
of the Dead traces the rise and evolution of the zombie genre, its influence on
pop culture, and investigates the possibility of an actual zombie outbreak. (World
brutally honest documentary following self-destructive TV writer Dan Harmon
(NBC’s Community) as he takes his live podcast on a
national tour. (World Premiere)
The Kristin Beck Story
Sandrine Orabona, Mark Herzog
A former U.S.
Navy Seal seeks life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness living life as a
transgender woman. (World Premiere)
Of Shorty (UK)
Directors: Angus MacQueen, Guillermo Galdos
The Legend of
Shorty is the story of a man and a myth. (World
Directors: Ryan Moore, Leon Gast
From abject poverty to international
hero, Manny Pacquiao rose to fame in the boxing ring. At the height of his
career, Manny entered the political arena. As history’s only boxing
Congressman, Manny is faced with a new challenge. (World Premiere)
Seeds of Time follows
agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler’s global journey to save the eroding foundation
of our food supply in a new era of climate change. (North
Mike Myers makes
his directorial debut with this star-packed documentary about the legendary
Shep Gordon, who managed the careers of Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross,
and Raquel Welch — and still had time to invent the “celebrity chef”. (U.S.
That Guy Dick
Miller is the incredible true story of the wannabe-writer, turned
accidental character-actor. (World
the country’s largest jigsaw puzzle contest is held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Wicker
Kittens invites you to choose your favorite team and watch them try
to put the pieces back together. (World Premiere)
risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape that demonstrate raw innovation
and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking. Films
screening in Visions are:
couple’s obsession with a mysterious puzzle comically unravels their world,
disconnecting them from reality and jeopardizing their fragile relationship.
Dobrenko, Ashley Spillers, Chris Doubek, Sam Eidson, Hugo Zesati (World
Narrated by cult
teen star Fairuza Balk, Beyond Clueless is a dizzying
journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the
eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics. (World
A week before
they move across the country together, Craig lies to his girlfriend in order to
go on his first road trip – to the south. Alone.
Lloyd, Krista Kosonen (World Premiere)
metal, video games, Mountain Dew, and a Party Zone. Scheming slackers of the
world unite and take over!
Burge, Joel Potrykus, Teri Ann Nelson, Alan Longstreet, Rico Bruce Wade (World
Patrick Brice, Screenwriter: Mark Duplass
videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain
town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems.
Duplass, Patrick Brice (World Premiere)
Cumbres (Heights) (Mexico)
Due a tragedy,
two sisters abruptly escape from their hometown in Northern Mexico. Their
journey creates a bittersweet relationship marked by pain, guilt and love.
Lingow, Ivanna Michel, Abdul Marcos, Sergio Quiñones, Ganzo Cepeda (U.S.
of Reality (Chile / France)
The Dance of
Reality is a 2013 independent autobiographical film written,
produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowosky.
Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits, Cristobal Jodorowsky, Bastián Bodenhöfer,
Alejandro Jodorowsky (U.S. Premiere)
Evaporating Borders (USA / Cyprus)
Director: Iva Radivojevic
Evaporating Borders is a poetically photographed and
rendered film on tolerance and search for identity. Told through 5 vignettes
portraying the lives of migrants on the island of Cyprus, it
passionately weaves themes of displacement and belonging. (North American
of a Criminal
Darius Clark Monroe
How does a 16
year-old evolve into a bank robber? (World Premiere)
Housebound (New Zealand)
Bucknell is sentenced to home detention, she’s forced to come to terms with her
unsociable behaviour, her blabbering mother and a hostile spirit who seems less
than happy about the new living arrangement.
O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird (World
Infinite Man (Australia)
Man is a time travel comedy-romance about a man whose attempts
to construct the perfect romantic weekend backfire when he traps his lover in
an infinite loop.
McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades (World
Nick’s a lucky
guy – he’s having dinner with Jill Goddard, the hottest actress on earth. Then
a guy named Chord calls: dinner’s been canceled. And it’s Jill’s fault. But
Chord’s got something better… A 21st Century Rear Window.
Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell, Adam Quintero, Ivan Gonzalez (World
Marking time as
an itinerant plumber, and haunted by recurrent nightmares, Nash hungers for the
fleeting ecstasies of nightclubs and bedrooms. Other Months is a stark,
honest portrait of disconnection—a young man coming to face his paralysis.
Bonewitz, Britannie Bond, Emma Morrison-Cohen, Liam Ahern, David Rudi Utter (World
Possibilities Are Endless (UK)
Edward Lovelace, James Hall
musician, Edwyn Collins’ world was shattered by a devastating stroke. After
fighting back from the brink of death, he discovers that life, love and
language mean even more to him that he could ever have imagined. (World
Dan Beers, Screenwriter: Mathew Harawitz
On the most
important day of his young life, a high school senior is forced to relive his
failed attempt at losing his virginity over and over again, until he gets it
Karna, Katie Findlay, Craig Roberts, Carlson Young, Adam Riegler (World
the Forest (Germany)
A modern epic
set between rainforest and skyscrapers. (North
Jack Plotnick, Screenwriters: Jennifer Cox, Sam Pancake, Kali
Rocha, Michael Stoyanov
Welcome to the
future of the past.
Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer, Marisa Coughlan, Kylie Rogers (World
A West Virginia
family faces illness, addiction, and gun violence — while their daughter makes
a run for Little Miss West Virginia. (World Premiere)
Wilderness of James
teenager explores the wilderness of his city while struggling with the absence
of his father.
Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Virginia Madsen, Isabelle Fuhrman,
Evan Ross, Danny DeVito (World Premiere)
(*New screening section)
innovative new work aimed squarely at the small screen, Episodic tunes in to
the explosion of exciting material on non-theatrical platforms, including
serialized TV, webisodes and beyond. Shows
premiering in Episodic are:
Brannon Braga, Bill Pope, Screenwriters: Ann Druyan, Steven
SpaceTime Odyssey is a thrilling, 13-part adventure across the
universe of space and time revealed by science, exploring humanity’s heroic quest
for a deeper understanding of nature.
Miller, Written And Co-Created By: Cody Heller, Brett Konner
may have no money and no clue, but he does have one thing–he can see dead
people. Faced with New York’s most stubborn ghosts, our hapless medium goes to
whatever lengths necessary to help finish their unfinished business.
Labine, Cat Deeley, Brandon T. Jackson, Lucy DeVito (World
From Dusk Till
Dawn: The Series – Pilot
Brothers are back. Based on the thrill-ride film, From Dusk Till Dawn: The
Series is a supernatural crime saga from Creator, Director and EP
Robert Rodriguez premiering March 11 on El Rey Network.
Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia, Lane Garrison, and Wilmer
Valderrama, and Don
Johnson (World Premiere)
Jose Campanella, Screenwriters: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C.
Halt and Catch Fire captures the rise of the PC era in
the early 1980s, during which an unlikely trio – a visionary, an engineer and a
prodigy – take personal and professional risks in the race to build a computer
that will change the world as they know it.
Cast: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Rio Davis,
Kerry Bishe, Toby Huss, David Wilson Barnes (World Premiere)
Dreadful (USA / UK)
Directors: John Logan, Juan Antonio
Bayona, Screenwriter: John Logan
Dreadful is a psychological horror series that re-imagines
literature’s most terrifying characters (Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and
iconic figures from the novel Dracula) in a whole new light.
Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper,
Danny Sapani, Harry
Treadaway (World Premiere)
Judge, Created By: Mike Judge & John Altschuler & Dave
Written By Mike Judge & John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky.
Written By Carson Mell.
The new HBO
series Silicon Valley takes a comic look at the
modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most
qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.
Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh
Brener, Christopher Evan Welch, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross (World
24 BEATS PER SECOND
the sounds, culture & influence of music & musicians, with an emphasis
on documentary. Films
screening in 24 Beats Per Second are:
Project is a journey to connect today’s musicians with the
recordings of the past. Using a 1930’s Presto recorder, artists get one take to
cut a 78rpm record anywhere, finding in that adventure a new connection to our
shared cultural legacy. (World Premiere)
Dylan Goch, Gruff Rhys
Two men. Two
quests. Two centuries apart. Four ways to experience the search for a lost
tribe. Film. Book. Album . App. (World
The Case of
the Three Sided Dream
film on the life and legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk – a one of a kind musician,
personality, activist and windmill slayer who despite being blind, becoming
paralyzed, and facing America’s racial injustices – did not relent. (World
Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson
Deep City is an
inspirational story that explores the early days of soul music in South
Florida, the pioneers of that era and their lasting contributions to the
broader American musical landscape. (World Premiere)
the Girl (UK)
An indie musical
from Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian about two girls and a boy and the
music they made one Glasgow summer.
Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger, Cora Bissett
WINTER: DOWN & DIRTY
A down &
dirty documentary on the life and career of blues legend Johnny Winter,
featuring Edgar Winter, James Cotton, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Luther
Nallie, Tommy Shannon, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and more. (World
World Behind (UK)
A documentary following the break-up
of Swedish House Mafia and their subsequent One Last Tour. A rare look at the
electronic scene, amazing live footage and the psychological drama of 3 guys
who walked away from everything to save their friendship. (World Premiere)
Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records)
Weighs A Ton is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los
Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records.
es la Vida (Germany)
In the macho
world of Mariachi music, very few women can hold their own. Just like the songs
they play, this film is a snapshot of life, death and the things in between –
seen from a bird’s-eye perspective. (World Premiere)
Austin, chronicles how Austin, Texas became the Live Music Capital
of the World, dating from 1835 to present day. The film builds to a climax and
weaves its way towards an all-star live performance led by Stephen Bruton and
his 14-piece band. (World Premiere)
Rubber Soul reconstructs portions of two
historical interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono based on available
transcripts and audio, juxtaposing them in order to explore the dynamic nature
of Lennon’s identity over time.
Cast: Joseph Bearor, Denice Lee, Dillon Porter, Andrew Perez (World Premiere)
Sex City (UK)
Dylan said ‘Don’t Look Back’ – but what happens if you do? (World
of the Western World (UK)
A voyage through
the heart of the 80s with one of the decade’s most iconic bands, Spandau
Ballet, this archive-only film tells the story of a group of working-class
London lads who created a global music Empire, but at a price none of them
imagined. (World Premiere)
SVDDXNLY uncovers the
young life and career of A$AP Rocky and the A$AP Mob, from humble Harlem
beginnings to their rapid rise to fame. (World
Take Me to
Take Me to the River is a film about the soul of
American music. The film follows the recording of a new album featuring legends
from Stax records and Memphis mentoring and passing on their musical magic to
stars and artists of today. (World Premiere)
Stream is the story of the American music dynasty, the Carters and
Cashes, and their decades-long influence on popular music. (World
diverse selection of International filmmaking talent, featuring innovative
narratives, artful documentaries, premieres, festival favorites and more. Films
screening in SX Global are:
The Desert (Argentina)
The failed story
of a love triangle in a post-apocalyptic world.
Almeida, William Prociuk, Lautaro Delgado (North
in Peril (UK)
In a remote
Scottish town, a young man is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident
that claimed the lives of 5 men. Spurred on by sea-going folklore, the village
blames him for this tragedy, making him an outcast amongst his own people.
Mackay, Michael Smiley, Nichola Burley, Kate Dickie (North
Need (Germany / Italy / Austria)
“the first time” Alex, Carlo and their autistic friend Enea find a
lot more than they were looking for… (North American Premiere)
Ukraine Is Not A Brothel (Australia)
Director: Kitty Green
A feature documentary that reveals
the truth behind Ukraine’s topless feminist sensation, ‘Femen’.
F. Wnendt, Screenwriters: Claus Falkenberg, David F. Wnendt
Helen has her very own view on life, hygiene and good sex. She loves to shock
people with unexpected and un-girly behavior.
Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Meret Becker, Marlen Kruse, Peri Baumeister
A Wolf at
the Door (Brazil)
tale of a kidnapped child and the distraught parents left behind that captures
the darkness that ensues when panic breeds suspicion and love turns to hate.
Cortaz, Leandra Leal, Fabiula Nascimento (U.S.
standouts & selected previous premieres from festivals around the world. Films
screening in Festival Favorites are:
Bateman, Screenwriter: Andrew Dodge
Jason Bateman’s feature directorial
debut is the subversive comedy Bad Words. Bateman stars as Guy, who finds a loophole in the
rules of a national spelling bee and causes trouble by hijacking the
Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Philip Baker Hall, Allison Janney
journey shot over the course of 12 years.
Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater
Cotner, Ryan White
behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex
marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took
the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Allison Berg, Frank Keraudren
documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a
Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover’s sex-reassignment surgery was the
real-life inspiration for the classic Al Pacino film Dog Day Afternoon.
For No Good
Johnny Depp pays
a call on his friend and hero Ralph Steadman and we take off on a
high-spirited, raging and kaleidoscopic journey discovering the life and works
of one of the most distinctive radical artists of the last 50 years.
Abrahamson, Screenwriters: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan
Frank is a comedy
about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he
can chew when he joins a band of eccentric musicians led by the mysterious and
enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara.
Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Carla
Jacob’s delinquent behavior results in the authorities placing his little
brother Wes with their aunt, he and his emotionally absent father must finally
take responsibility for their actions and each other in order to bring Wes
Cast: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke
Garner, Jonny Mars
Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of
The story of
programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, from the development
of RSS and Reddit to his groundbreaking work in political organizing and the
tragic taking of his own life at the age of 26.
Is By My Side
Covering a year
in Hendrix’s life from 1966-67, the film presents an intimate portrait of the
sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend.
Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Ruth Negga, Adrian Lester (U.S.
David Zellner, Screenwriter: Nathan Zellner
Japanese woman abandons her structured life in Tokyo to seek a satchel of money
rumored to be hidden in the Minnesota wilderness.
Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Shirley Venard
No No: A
In the 1970s
Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD and courted conflict and controversy, but
his latter years were spent helping others recover from addiction. No No: A
Dockumentary weaves a surprising story of a life in and out of the spotlight.
Obvious Child is an
unapologetically honest comedy about what happens when 27 year‑old Brooklyn
stand-up comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) gets dumped, fired and pregnant
just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, Gabe Liedman, David Cross
A story centered
on two vampires who have been in love for centuries.
Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin
Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris, Robert Longstreet
The Raid 2
Picking up from
right where the first film ends, The Raid 2 follows Rama as
he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime
syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in the
Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadwo
Soundtracks, cult re-issues & much more. Our Special Events section offers
unusual, unexpected & unique film event one-offs. Films screening in Special Events are:
American High: Revisited
All American High: Revisited is a time capsule of teen life in
the 1980s, a long-lost documentary that captures an unforgettable era through
the eyes of those who lived it.
Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (France / Portugal / US)
portrait of the friendship between the renowned filmmakers James Benning and
Richard Linklater. (U.S. Premiere)
THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL (Japan)
Ishiro Honda, Screenwriters: Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda
The 1954 classic
that inspired the modern monster movie (national re-release from Rialto
Pictures in April). Q&A with Gareth Edwards, director of the summer 2014
film Godzilla, from Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi
Grand Budapest Hotel – Extended Q&A with Wes Anderson
Grand Budapest Hotel
recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a
famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby
boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the
theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for
an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles,
trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest confection of a
love affair – all against the back-drop of a suddenly and
dramatically changing Continent.
Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody,
Willem Dafoe, Jeff
Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason
Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom
Wilkinson, Owen Wilson
Chain Saw Massacre – 40th Anniversary Screening
Tobe Hooper, Screenwriter: Kim Henkel
summer afternoon becomes a terrifying nightmare for five young friends after
they stumble upon the home of a depraved Texas clan.
Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen