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SXSW Adds Eight New Titles to Lineup, Conversations with Tilda Swinton, Jason Bateman and More

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by Beth Hanna
February 12, 2014 1:58 PM
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Taika Waititi in 'What We Do in the Shadows'

SXSW has revealed today that filmmaker Marc Webb (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) will serve as the fourth Keynote on Saturday, March 8, as well as the final eight additional features to screen at the festival. Check out the new selections to the program, below.

Also unveiled are featured conversations with Jason Bateman, Mike Myers, Ralph Steadman, Robert Duvall and Tilda Swinton.

SXSW Film will open on Friday, March 7, 2014 with the world premiere of Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” and run through March 15 in Austin, Texas. The complete schedule is here.

ADDITIONAL FILMS

 

VISIONS

 

May the Best Man Win

Director: Andrew O’Connor, Screenwriters: Matthew Robinson, Lee Hupfield, Andrew O’Connor

Two pranksters compete against each other in a series of increasingly outrageous stunts to win the affections of the girl they’ve both fallen for.

Cast: Whit Thomas, Drew Tarver, Rosa Salazar (World Premiere)

 

Yakona

Directors: Anlo Sepulveda & Paul Collins

A river's dreams and memories told from the perspective of the water that runs through it - a visual journey from prehistoric times to the modern era along what is now known as the San Marcos River. (World Premiere)

 

24 BEATS PER SECOND

 

Big in Japan

Director/Screenwriter: John Jeffcoat

Big in Japan is a comedic rock-and-roll road movie about struggling Seattle rock band, Tennis Pro, who decide to sell their tour-van and head to Tokyo for one last shot at acceptance.

Cast: David Drury, Philip A Peterson, Sean Lowry, Alex Vincent, Adam Powers (World Premiere)

 

For Those About to Rock. The story of Rodrigo y Gabriela

Director: Alejandro Franco Fernández

The amazing and inspiring journey of Mexican guitarists ‘Rodrigo y Gabriela’ who at a very young age decided to do only what they loved the most: music. (World Premiere)

 

*Title Change: Previously announced as Sheffield: Sex City, the Florian Habicht documentary is now entitled PULP

 

SXGLOBAL

 

Last Hijack

Directors: Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting

A true tale of survival in Somalia told from the pirate’s perspective. Combining animation with documentary storytelling.

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

 

What We Do In the Shadows

Directors/Screenwriters: Taika Waititi & Jermaine Clement

From Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement who shared writing, directing and acting duties— What We Do In the Shadows is a hilarious comedy chock full of one-liners that showcases whether you’re immortal or human—life is better with friends.

Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

The Doug Benson Movie Interruption

Comedian Doug Benson and a few funny friends take over the theater's front row, providing a live comedy soundtrack to the classic film onscreen.

 

Hannibal Buress Live From Chicago

Director: Marcus Raboy

Hannibal Buress' newest stand-up hour, Live From Chicago, is premiering at SXSW before it's on Comedy Central, March 29th! (World Premiere)

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