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SXSW 2013 Line Up Adds 'Before Midnight,' Joss Whedon' 'Much Ado About Nothing,' Sundance Hits & More

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 31, 2013 at 3:00PM

Put on the extra-loose pants and get ready for some BBQ. Austin is fixing to welcome the cinematic world in March with the SXSW Film Festival, and today they've dropped their full slate of features. And adding to a line up that already includes "Evil Dead," "Spring Breakers" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is a program of interesting premieres and Sundance favorites. Let us go forth.
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DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT

An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story Director: Al Reinert

Michael Morton’s wife Christine was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and he was convicted of the crime. Twenty-five years later, he tells the story of his journey from despair to exoneration. (World Premiere)

Before You Know It Director: PJ Raval

Three gay seniors navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of life and love in their golden years. (World Premiere)

Continental (USA, Canada) Director: Malcolm Ingram

A stylish and thoughtful examination of the infamous Continental Baths NYC circa 1968-1976. Told by the people who were there. (World Premiere)

Downloaded Director: Alex Winter

A documentary that explores the rise and fall of Napster and the birth of the digital revolution. It's about the teens that helped start this revolution, and the artists and industries who continue to be impacted by it. (World Premiere)

Getting Back to Abnormal Director: Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian, Paul Stekler

A polarizing white politician becomes a lightning rod for racial strife in New Orleans. (World Premiere)

Good Ol' Freda Director: Ryan White

The story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: The Beatles. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda tells her tales for the first time in 50 years. (World Premiere)

I Am Divine Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

The story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, and how he became John Waters’ cinematic muse and an international drag icon. (World Premiere)

Medora Directors: Andrew Cohn, Davy Rothbart

In America's basketball heartland, four resilient boys from rural Medora, Indiana fight to end their high school team's three-year losing streak, as their dwindling town faces the threat of extinction. (World Premiere)

MILIUS Directors: Zak Knutson, Joey Figueroa

The life story of “Zen Anarchist” filmmaker John Milius, one of the most influential storytellers of his generation. (World Premiere)

Mr. Angel Director: Dan Hunt

Chronicles the extraordinary life of trans male porn pioneer and educator, Buck Angel. It’s a moving & provocative story of a man's search for acceptance from his family and the world. An inspirational tale of an unlikely hero. (World Premiere)

The Network (Australia, UK) Director: Eva Orner

Set behind the scenes at the largest television network in one of the most dangerous places on earth: Afghanistan. (World Premiere)

The Other Shore Director: Timothy Wheeler

The film tracks legendary swimmer Diana Nyad’s lifetime vision and four harrowing attempts to swim non-stop from Cuba to Florida. An abusive past collides with an obsessive present over a dangerous 60-hour feat never before accomplished. (World Premiere)

Rewind This! Director: Josh Johnson

Home video changed the world. The impact of the VHS tape was enormous. Rewind This! aims to trace the ripples of that impact. (World Premiere)

Spark: A Burning Man Story Directors: Steve Brown, Jessie Deeter

What happens when you allow yourself to act on your dreams? Spark takes us behind the curtain with organizers and participants of Burning Man, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth. (World Premiere)

TINY: A Story About Living Small Directors: Christopher Smith, Merete Mueller

One couple's attempt to build a "tiny house" smaller than the average parking space with no construction experience raises questions about sustainability and good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream. (World Premiere)

Unhung Hero (Germany) Director: Brian Spitz

After a failed marriage proposal because of his inadequate size, a young man adventures the world in search of answers so he will never come up short again. (World Premiere)

We Cause Scenes Director: Matt Adams

The extraordinary story of a group of twenty-somethings who seized the streets of New York, transforming the meaning of comedy, performance and art through forming "Improv Everywhere," a prank collective ten years in the making. (World Premiere)

VISIONS

ELENA (Brazil) Director: Petra Costa

Elena moves to NY with the dream of becoming a movie actress. She leaves behind Petra, her 7-year-old sister. Years later, her sister Petra goes to NY to look for Elena. (North American Premiere)

euphonia Director/Screenwriter: Danny Madden Cast: Will Madden, Maria Decotis (World Premiere)

Everyone's Going to Die (UK) Director/Screenwriter: Jones

A modern British story about coming home, getting by and the redemptive power of feeling you're not alone. A story where porn hotlines rub shoulders with sexy beavers on rollerskates; where the past is laid to rest, two lives are changed and nobody, finally, is going to die. Cast: Nora Tschirner, Rob Knighton, Kellie Shirley, Madeline Duggan (World Premiere)

Fuck for Forest (Poland) Director: Michał Marczak, Screenwriter: Michał Marczak, Łukasz Grudziński

Have sex. Save the world. (North American Premiere)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (Switzerland) Director: Sophie Huber

An iconic actor and passionate musician in his intimate moments, with film clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs. (U.S. Premiere)

Kelly + Victor (UK) Director/Screenwriter: Kieran Evans, Screenwriter: Adapted For Screen By Niall Griffiths

Adapted by Kieran Evans from the acclaimed novel by Niall Griffiths, Kelly + Victor is a raw compelling passionate love story set against the backdrop of a highly cinematic Liverpool, to a searing soundtrack. Cast: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Julian Morris, Stephen Walters, William Ruane, Claire Keelan (North American Premiere)

Lunarcy! (Canada) Director: Simon Ennis

Director Simon Ennis introduces us to an unforgettable group of characters who all share one thing in common: an obsession with the Moon. (U.S. Premiere)

Maidentrip Director: Jillian Schlesinger

An intimate coming-of-age adventure set against the epic backdrop of the open sea, Maidentrip explores life through the eyes of 14-year-old Laura Dekker on her quest to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. (World Premiere)

Maladies Director/Screenwriter: Carter

A comedic look at the life of a former actor turned writer struggling to cope with reality, his work and interpersonal relationships. Cast: James Franco, Catherine Keener, Fallon Goodson, David Strathairn, Alan Cumming (North American Premiere)

Our Nixon Director: Penny Lane

Recently discovered Super 8 home movies filmed by three of Richard Nixon’s closest aides – and fellow Watergate conspirators – offer an intimate and complex new glimpse into his presidency in this all-archival documentary. (North American Premiere)

Sake-Bomb (USA, Japan) Director: Junya Sakino, Screenwriter: Jeff Mizushima

A sarcastic and self-deprecating Asian-American must take his naive Japanese cousin on a road trip along the California coast to find his ex-girlfriend. Cast: Gaku Hamada, Eugene Kim, Marlane Barnes, Josh Brodis, Samantha Quan (World Premiere)

Snap Directors: Youssef Delara, Victor Teran, Screenwriter: Victor Teran

A stylish psychological thriller set against the underground dubstep DJ scene that takes the audience on a dark and terrifying journey into the depths of the psychopathic mind as it threatens to explode into horrific violence. Cast: Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker, Scott Bakula, Jason Priestley (World Premiere)

These Birds Walk Directors: Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq

The film documents the resilience of a 6-year-old Pakistani runaway as he tackles one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place?

The Wait Director/Screenwriter: M. Blash

An enigmatic phone call from a psychic, catapults a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected. Cast: Jena Malone, Chloë Sevigny, Luke Grimes, Josh Hamilton, Devon Gearhart (World Premiere)

White Reindeer Director/Screenwriter: Zach Clark

After an unexpected tragedy, Suzanne searches for the true meaning of Christmas during one sad, strange December in suburban Virginia. Cast: Anna Margaret Hollyman, Laura Lemar-Goldsborough, Lydia Johnson, Joe Swanberg, Christopher Doubek (World Premiere)

Yellow Director/Screenwriter: Nick Cassavetes, Screenwriter: Heather Wahlquist

A young substitute teacher escapes from her drudging everyday life by fantasizing bizarre parallel realities, in this wildly inventive and visually dazzling head-trip from director Nick Cassavetes. Cast: Heather Wahlquist, Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta (U.S. Premiere)

24 BEATS PER SECOND

All the Labor Director: Doug Hawes-Davis

Intimate performances and behind-the-scenes footage convey the life, labor and brotherhood of the distinctive purveyors of original American music, The Gourds, as they defy genres, expectations, and career clichés over two decades of musical joy. (World Premiere)

Artifact Director: Bartholomew Cubbins

Telling harsh truths about the modern music business, Artifact gives intimate access to singer/actor Jared Leto and his band Thirty Seconds to Mars as they battle their label in a brutal lawsuit and record their album This Is War.

A Band Called Death Directors: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, there was a band called Death.

Born in Chicago Director: John Anderson

Passed down from musician to musician, the Chicago blues transcended the color lines of the 1960s as young, white Chicago musicians apprenticed themselves to legends such as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. (World Premiere)

Broadway Idiot Director: Doug Hamilton

Punk Rock meets Broadway - WTF!?! Go behind the curtain with Green Day lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, as he ventures into the strange new world of Broadway. Will Billie Joe – or Broadway – ever be the same? (World Premiere)

Brothers Hypnotic Director: Reuben Atlas

Eight brothers, extraordinary brass musicians from Chicago’s South Side, test their brotherhood and their father's legacy against mounting mainstream success. (World Premiere)

¡Cuatro! Director: Tim Wheeler

The film takes you inside the world of Green Day, chronicling the conceptualizing and recording of their current musical trilogy (Green Day ¡Uno! Green Day ¡Dos! Green Day ¡Tré!) and featuring intimate live performances that took place along the way.

Finding the Funk Director/Screenwriter: Nelson George

A look at Funk’s past, present and enduring influence on contemporary music. (World Premiere)

Good Vibrations (UK, Ireland) Directors: Lisa Barros D'sa, Glenn Leyburn, Screenwriters: Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson

A chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene. Cast: Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Michael Colgan, Karl Johnson, Liam Cunningham (North American Premiere)

The Punk Singer Director: Sini Anderson

What happened to Kathleen Hanna? The Punk Singer - a feature-length documentary about the musician (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) and feminist icon - tells the story of where she’s been, and where she is now. (World Premiere)

Reincarnated Director: Andy Capper

The film follows Snoop Dogg on an intimate, spiritual journey, depicting the life and times of a conflicted modern icon striving for light in a world of darkness. (North American Premiere)

Twenty Feet from Stardom Director: Morgan Neville

The untold story of the backup singer in popular music. It is a celebration of the voices from the edge, which brought shape and style to the soundtracks of our lives.

SX GLOBAL

And Who Taught You To Drive? (Germany) Director: Andrea Thiele

An American in Tokyo, a Korean in Bavaria, and a German in Mumbai: Prepare for a real culture clash when you have to pass your driving test again in another country ... A real life comedy. (North American Premiere)

Diario a Tres Voces / Three Voices (Mexico) Director: Otilia Portillo Padua

We are always told that love lasts forever like in children’s fairy tales, but the reality is that people change and relationships expire. (North American Premiere)

Dog Flesh / Carne de Perro (Chile) Director/Screenwriter: Fernando Guzzoni

The life of Alejandro, a solitary, fragile and unpredictable man, who is crushed by the hostility of his mysterious past. Cast: Alejandro Goic (North American Premiere)

The Fifth Season (Belgium, Netherlands, France) Directors/Screenwriters: Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth

In a village, a mysterious calamity strikes: spring doesn't come. Cast: Aurélia Poirier, Django Schrevens, Sam Louwyck, Gill Vancompernolle

Museum Hours (Austria, USA) Director/Screenwriter: Jem Cohen

When a Vienna museum guard befriends an adrift visitor from abroad, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world. Cast: Mary Margaret O’Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits (U.S. Premiere)

The Punk Syndrome (Finland) Directors: Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi

Meet Finland's most kick-ass punk rock band with a handicap: Toni, Sami, Pertti and Kari. The film follows the band’s journey from rehearsals to success, showing the love and hate between the guys.

Sofia's Last Ambulance (Bulgaria) Director: Ilian Metev

Sofia, Bulgaria. In a city where only 13 ambulances struggle to serve several million people, three paramedics face Kafkaesque situations.

Zayiat (Turkey) Director/Screenwriter: Halil Deniz Tortum, Screenwriter: Steeve Roso

A man falls into the Bosphorus on a snowy night. His son, Mete half-heartedly searches for him in wintered Istanbul. Cast: Ulas Tuna Astepe, Sergulen Onan Dervisoglu, Zeynep Olcer, Burak Cevik, Selim Can Bilgin (North American Premiere)

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

The Act of Killing (Denmark) Director: Joshua Oppenheimer

In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide.

A Teacher Director/Screenwriter: Hannah Fidell

A popular high school teacher in Austin, Texas has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end. Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Julie Dell Phillips, Jonny Mars, Chris Doubek

Before Midnight Director/Screenwriter: Richard Linklater, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

We meet Celine and Jesse nine years after their last rendezvous. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Prior, Charlotte Prior

Computer Chess Director/Screenwriter: Andrew Bujalski

An artificially intelligent comedy from the director of Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation. Cast: Wiley Wiggins, Patrick Riester, Robin Schwartz, Gerald Peary, Myles Paige

Don Jon’s Addiction Director/Screenwriter: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Jon (Gordon-Levitt) loves his family, friends, church and porn. Spending hours online, Jon's ideas of a perfect woman collide with Barbara's (Johansson) ideas of a perfect man. They struggle to see past their wants and needs in this romantic comedy. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza

First Cousin Once Removed Director: Alan Berliner

A heartfelt and intimate portrait of poet Edwin Honig's final years with Alzheimer's disease.

Imagine (Poland, Portugal, France) Director/Screenwriter: Andrzej Jakimowski

Ian, a special instructor for the visually impaired, has been hired by a Lisbon school to help blind children and young adults. However, his unusual teaching methods are not only challenging, but also dangerous... Cast: Edward Hogg, Alexandra Maria Lara, Melchior Derouet, Francis Frappat

Mud Director/Screenwriter: Jeff Nichols

Two boys find a fugitive hiding out on an island in the Mississippi and form a pact to help him reunite with his lover and escape. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon

Pit Stop Director/Screenwriter: Yen Tan, Screenwriter: David Lowery

Two men. A small town. A love that isn’t quite out of reach. Cast: Bill Heck, Marcus DeAnda, Amy Seimetz, John Merriman, Richard C. Jones

Prince Avalanche Director/Screenwriter: David Gordon Green

Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind. Cast: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch

Upstream Color Director/Screenwriter: Shane Carruth

A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Cast: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins, Kathy Carruth

SPECIAL EVENTS

Bates Motel: Story to Screen with Carlton Cuse

Combining the SXSW Film Festival and Conference in one, attendees will get an exclusive first look at the pilot of Bates Motel, the thrilling new series from A&E. Following the screening, Executive Producer Carlton Cuse (Lost) will sit down with A&E Marketing EVP Guy Slattery for an inside look and Q&A on the process for bringing this contemporary prequel to life. Cast: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nicola Peltz (World Premiere)

Burning Love Director: Ken Marino, Screenwriter: Erica Oyama

Season 2 follows Damaged Darlin' and Dental Hygenist, Julie Gristlewhite, as she searches for love amongst 16 eligible bachelors in the second installment of the popular web series that parodies reality dating shows. Cast: June Diane Raphael, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, Jerry O'Connell, Michael Cera, Colin Hanks, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Adam Scott, Joe Lo Truglio (World Premiere)

No More Road Trips? Director: Rick Prelinger

A dream ride through 20th-century America made entirely from home movies, asks whether we've reached the end of the open road. The soundtrack for this fully participatory film is made fresh daily by audiences at each screening. (World Premiere)

Sound City Director: Dave Grohl

Through interviews with musicians and producers who worked at recording studio, Sound City, and the writing and recording of new music, we observe the human element of making music and the art of analog recording.

This Ain't No Mouse Music! Directors: Chris Simon, Maureen Gosling

Roots music icon Chris Strachwitz (Arhoolie Records) takes us on a hip-shaking stomp from Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, searching for the musical soul of America. (World Premiere)

TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) Director: Simon Klose

The inside story of three hacktivists who became cult heroes for the internet generation and persecuted criminals to the media industry for running the worlds largest file sharing site. (North American Premiere)


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