SXSW Film Festival Line-Up Includes 'Baby Driver', 'American Gods' and 'Ghost in the Shell'
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The 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival has unveiled its wide-ranging line-up, including the opening movie 'Song to Song', 'Dear White People' and 51 features from first-timer filmmakers.

AceShowbiz - The highly-anticipated 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival has finally announced the feature film line-up for its 24th edition. The film festival will bring 125 movies on screen, with additional titles yet to be announced.

Janet Pierson, SXSW's director of film, said in a statement, "It's exciting for us to unveil the talent reflected in this year's lineup. We intentionally curate a wide-ranging program reflecting unique and new voices that examine, explore, and celebrate the creative process, the cultural zeitgeist, and glimpses of the universal through deeply personal stories." He continued, "Whether genre, big crowd pleasers, quiet meditations, hard-hitting docs, or microbudget indies, we can't wait to share these films with our smart, passionate audiences."

The eclectic line-up includes %cEdgar Wright%'s "Baby Driver", starring %cAnsel Elgort% as a young getaway driver, %cBrie Larson%-starring action comedy "Free Fire" and Michael Showalter's Sundace breakout "The Big Sick". Other highlights include Michael Winterbottom-directed movie "On the Road", which follows a British rock band and Grammy-nominee Wolf Alice on their tour, Frank Oz's "Muppet Guys Talking: Secret Behind the Show the Whole World Watched", Alice Lowe's "Prevenge", Elijah Bynum-helmed pic "Hot Summer Nights", and many more.

"Song to Song", which is directed by Terrence Malick, is set to open the event. It is a movie about Austin music scene, starring %cRooney Mara%, %cRyan Gosling%, %cMichael Fassbender% and %cNatalie Portman%. During the nine-day event, the film festival is set to screen 84 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres and 6 U.S. Premieres. It will also continue the tradition of showcasing the new talents by featuring 51 pics from first-timer filmmakers.

In its episodic section, SXSW will present the world premiere of Starz's "American Gods", the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel, Netflix's "Dear White People", a spin-off of the critically-acclaimed 2014 movie with the same name, and AMC's "The Son". The fest will also feature special screenings of Mamoru Oshii's original "Ghost in the Shell" and Ridley Scott's "Alien".

SXSW will run March 10-19 in Austin Texas. The full line-up for Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Episodic, 24 Beats Per Second, Global, Festival Favorites and Special Events can be found on the official website. Meanwhile, The Midnighters, Short Film and the VR Program line-up will be announced later on February 7.

HEADLINERS:

"Baby Driver" (World Premiere) Director/Screenwriter: Edgar Wright. A talented, young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom. Cast: %cAnsel Elgort%, %cKevin Spacey%, %cLily James%, %cJon Bernthal%, %cEiza Gonzalez%, %cJon Hamm%, %cJamie Foxx%.

"Free Fire" (U.K.) (U.S. Premiere) Director: Ben Wheatley, Screenwriters: Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump. Bold, breathless and wickedly fun, "Free Fire" is an electrifying action comedy about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Directed by Ben Wheatley. Cast: %cSharlto Copley%, %cArmie Hammer%, %cBrie Larson%, %cCillian Murphy%, %cJack Reynor%, %cBabou Ceesay%, %cEnzo Cilenti%, %cSam Riley%, %cMichael Smiley%, %cNoah Taylor%.

"On The Road" (U.K.) (North American Premiere) Director/Screenwriter: Michael Winterbottom. Michael Winterbottom follows acclaimed British rock band and Grammy nominees Wolf Alice on their tour, recording their gigs as well as the romance and routine of their daily life backstage.

"Song to Song" (World Premiere) Director: Terrence Malick. In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples-struggling songwriters Faye and BV, and music mogul Cook and the waitress whom he ensnares-chase success through a rock 'n' roll landscape of seduction and betrayal. Cast: %cRooney Mara%, %cRyan Gosling%, %cMichael Fassbender%, %cNatalie Portman%, %cCate Blanchett%.

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