“As always, we looked for a wide range of work, contemplating scale, style, tenor and tone.
We hope that this year’s outstanding array of films from accomplished to emerging talent will entertain, surprise, and provoke.” In addition, SXSW also features an episodic program consists of premieres and the episodic pilot competition.
Penelope and Ezra share a special but limited time together.
Cast: Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, Gus Kenworthy, Morgan Schild, Jamie Anderson (World Premiere) The Peanut Butter Falcon Directors/Screenwriters: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz A young man with Down syndrome runs away from the retirement home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler.
Cast: Shia La Beouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, Jon Bernthal, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Mick Foley (World Premiere) Pink Wall (United Kingdom)Director/Screenwriter: Tom Cullen Six scenes. Six moments that shaped the relationship of Jenna and Leon.
Pink Wall examines what defines us, the pressures of gender expectations, and our perpetual struggle between life and ambition.
These pics will be featured as headliners at the fest, joining Jordan Peele’s horror thriller Us, which will serve as the opening night film.
The films, which were selected from 2,351 feature-length film submissions, with a total of 8,490 films submitted this year, are split into categories: Narrative Feature Competition; Documentary Feature Competition; Headliners; Narrative Spotlight; Documentary Spotlight; Visions; Midnighters; 24 Beats Per Second; Global; Festival Favorites; and Special Events.
Other films that will premiere during the March 8-17 festival include The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Shia Le Beouf, Dakota Johnson, and Jon Bernthal, Adopt a Highway, written and directed by Logan Marshall-Green (Spider-Man: Homecoming and Upgrade), and Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story, a documentary that details the aftermath of Griffin’s infamous Donald Trump photo depiction.
“As we head into our 26th edition, we couldn’t be more excited to once again share a completely fresh SXSW 2019 slate with our uniquely smart and enthusiastic SXSW audience,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film.
Cast: Keir O’Donnell, Hayes Mac Arthur, Jessica Mc Namee (World Premiere) Mother’s Little Helpers Director/Screenwriter: Kestrin Pantera When Joy Pride, a groovy 70’s burn-out on the caboose of the flower power movement learns she has weeks to live, her estranged children come together to do right by a mother who always did them wrong.