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SXSW 2014 Unveils Feature Film Lineup: Full List of 115 Titles Playing the Fest

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 30, 2014 at 2:58PM

With Sundance now wrapped, South by Southwest is the next major American festival on the horizon. SXSW 2014 has unveiled its features lineup for this year’s fest, running March 7 – 15 in Austin, Texas. Check out the full list, below.
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'I Believe in Unicorns'
'I Believe in Unicorns'

With Sundance now wrapped, South by Southwest is the next major American festival on the horizon. SXSW 2014 has unveiled its features lineup for this year’s fest, running March 7 – 15 in Austin, Texas. Check out the full list, below.

Animals

115 features are set to screen over nine days. The lineup below includes 68 films from first-time filmmakers, 76 World Premieres, 10 North American Premieres and 7 U.S. Premieres.

The films were selected from a record 2,215 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,540 U.S. and 675 international feature-length films. With a record number of 6,482 submissions total, the overall increase was 14% over 2013.

The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced February 5, with the complete Conference lineup and schedule to follow on February 12. 

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Eight 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 Competition are:

 

10,000KM (Spain)

Director: 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 Premiere)

 

Animals

Director: 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. Cast: David Dastmalchian, Kim Shaw, John Heard (World Premiere)

 

Before I Disappear

Director/Screenwriter: Shawn Christensen

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.

Cast: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Ron Perlman, Richard Schiff

(World Premiere)

 

Fort Tilden

Directors/Screenwriters: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers

It shouldn't be this hard for Allie and Harper to get to the beach.

Cast: Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty, Griffin Newman, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, Neil Casey (World Premiere)

 

The Heart Machine

Director/Screenwriter: Zachary Wigon

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 her.

Cast: John Gallagher Jr., Kate Lyn Sheil, David Call, Louisa Krauss (World Premiere)

 

I Believe in Unicorns

Director/Screenwriter: Leah Meyerhoff

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.

Cast: Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz, Toni Meyerhoff (World Premiere)

 

The Mend

Director/Screenwriter: John Magary

A dark comedy about rage, doubt, lust, madness and other brotherly hand-me-downs.

Cast: Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Mickey Sumner, Austin Pendleton (World Premiere)

 

Wild Canaries

Director/Screenwriter: Lawrence Michael Levine

When their elderly neighbor suddenly drops dead, a young Brooklyn couple investigates signs of foul play.

Cast: Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Alia Shawkat, Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter (World Premiere)

 

This article is related to: Festivals, SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.