Downey and Favreau in 'Chef'
Downey and Favreau in 'Chef'

South by Southwest has unveiled its 2014 opening night film: Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” set to kick off the fest on March 7, 2014.

Other titles set to premiere at SXSW’s 2014 edition are Rob Thomas’ kickstarted “Veronica Mars” feature; “COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey” (FOX’s re-launch of COSMOS, the iconic 1980 television miniseries from Carl Sagan); Christian Larson’s “Leave the World Behind,” a documentary on EDM icons Swedish House Mafia; “Creep,” a thriller starring Mark Duplass from Patrick Brice; first-time feature director Jay Karas’ "Break Point," a comedy set in the world of competitive tennis and screening as part of the new SXsports; and “Doc of the Dead,” a look at Zombie culture, directed by SXSW Alum Alexandre O. Philippe.

Ken Marino and Kristen Bell in 'Veronica Mars'
Ken Marino and Kristen Bell in 'Veronica Mars'

Additionally, on March 10, SXSW Film will present A Conversation with Alejandro Jodorowsky:

One of the legends of ‘70s cinema, a vanguard of the midnight movie, and just as famous for films he didn’t make as the films he did, Jodorowsky is not an artist whose body of work can easily be described. Cineastes around the world have been waiting for something new since the release of Santa Sangre in 1989, and in celebration of his new feature, The Dance of Reality, SXSW proudly presents this hour-long session with one of the masters of surrealist cinema, and moderated byHitFix’s Drew McWeeny.

The full fest lineup will be announced Thursday, January 30, excluding Midnighter features,which will be announced with the Short Film lineup on Wednesday, February 5.

The 2014 SXSW Film Festival will feature:

Break Point (World Premiere / SXsports screening)

Director: Jay Karas, Screenwriters: Gene Hong, Jeremy SistoTwo estranged brothers reunite to make an improbable run at a grand slam tennis tournament. Themismatched pair, with some unlikely help from a precocious 11-year-old boy, re-discover their gameand their brotherhood.

Cast: Jeremy Sisto, David Walton, Joshua Rush, J.K. Simmons, Amy Smart

Chef (World Premiere)

Director: Jon Favreau, Screenplay & Story: Jon Favreau. When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son (Emjay Anthony) to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love. Producers are Jon Favreau and Sergei Bespalov. Executive producers include Molly Allen and Karen Gilchrist. Open Road Films will release Chef in May 2014.

Cast: Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver

Platt, Robert Downey, Jr. and young actor Emjay Anthony.


Creep (World Premiere)

Director: Patrick Brice, Screenwriters: Patrick Brice & Mark Duplass. When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in the outer-exurbs, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems.

Cast: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice


COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey (Special Event with Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Director: Brannon Braga. As with the legendary original series, FOX’s new COSMOS is the saga of how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. The series is hosted by renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and brings to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge, transporting viewers to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest -- and the smallest -- scale. Executive Produced by Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and Mitchell Cannold.


Doc of the Dead (World Premiere)

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe. The definitive 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.


Leave the World Behind (World Premiere)

Director: Christian Larson. A documentary following the final tour of the hugely successful band Swedish House Mafia. The film depicts the EDM scene at its peak as well as telling a story of friendship and success. (United Kingdom)


Veronica Mars (World Premiere)

Director: Rob Thomas, Screenwriters: Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero. Years after 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 mystery.

Cast: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Krysten Ritter, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, Ryan Hansen, GabyHoffman, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, Jerry O'Connell