The 23rd SXSW Film Conference and Festival has just announced some of the highlights that will be hitting Austin, Texas this March. From Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special” to Athina Rachel Tsangari’s festival favorite “Chevalier,” the new additions to the festival showcase the diverse range of topics and filmmakers that make SXSW so unique.
“These smart, stylish and diverse offerings from some of the most exciting talent working today reflect what the SXSW audiences have come to expect: great stories, well told,” said Janet Pierson, Head of SXSW Film.
The six titles below all join the previously announced opener “Everybody Wants Some.” The Richard Linklater comedy will open the film festival on March 11. SXSW 2016 runs through March 20. Future lineup announcements will take place on February 2 (Feature Films) and February 9 (Midnighters, Short Films, Music Videos).
All synopses and information below are provided by SXSW.
Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Screenwriters: Efthimis Filippou, Athina Rachel Tsangari
Six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game to compete. Things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. (Greece)Cast: Yorgos Kentros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis, Makis Papadimitriou, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Sakis Rouvas
“Midnight Special” (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Jeff Nichols
A father goes on the run to protect his young son and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers in the sci-fi thriller Midnight Special, a film as supernatural as it is intimately human
Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard
Screenwriters: Paul Reubens, Paul Rust
Screenwriter: Sam Catlin