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‘Dungeons & Dragons’ film to open SXSW Film and TV Festival


With awards season kicking into excessive gear and Sundance a couple of week away, the South by Southwest Film and TV Festival launched its preliminary program lineup on Wednesday. This yr’s pageant, working March 10 to 18, will open with “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves,” a fantasy-adventure story, primarily based on the favored role-playing sport, directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, and starring Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Hugh Grant and Regé-Jean Page.

The opening night time choice of final yr’s pageant was “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” which went on to develop into a box-office hit and awards season darling.

Other highlights from the upcoming pageant’s headliners part embody the world premieres of director Eva Longoria’s “Flamin’ Hot,” the story of Richard Montañez, the disputed creator of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, and “Problemista,” a surreal journey starring Tilda Swinton alongside writer-director Julio Torres. “Evil Dead Rise,” the newest entry within the venerable horror franchise, this time from Irish writer-director Lee Cronin, may even debut on the fest.

Brice Gonzalez, Annie Gonzalez, Jesse Garcia and Hunter Jones in “Flamin’ Hot.”

(Emily Aragones / Searchlight)

“It’s an amazing collection of films, TV series and XR experiences that promise to inspire, entertain and challenge our audiences,” Claudette Godfrey, the pageant’s vice chairman of movie & TV, stated in a press release. “We’re also proud to open with ‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves,’ a raucous and engaging fantasy adventure, and look forward to welcoming everyone to Austin in March for what promises to be an unforgettable event.”

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The pageant’s Midnighters part is an eclectic bunch with Mongolian pic “Aberrance,” from debut filmmaker Baatar Batsukh, and a trio of Australian fare: the Seventies-set “Late Night With the Devil,” starring David Dastmalchian; alien conspiracy pic “Monolith,” with Lily Sullivan; and “Talk to Me,” a buzzy supernatural debut from YouTube stars and brothers Danny and Michael Philippou that may first bow at Sundance this month.

Writer-director Ted Geoghegan (“Mohawk,” “We Are Still Here”) additionally returns to the pageant with “Brooklyn 45,” a couple of séance gone unsuitable within the wake of World War II, whereas Bishal Dutta spins function debut “It Lives Inside” round an Indian American teen wrestling with id and a demonic entity. And if you happen to dug the gory 2020 thriller “Becky” — sure, the one by which an adolescent lady fights Kevin James within the woods — properly, SXSW has a deal with for you: the world premiere of sequel “Becky 2: The Wrath of Becky,” by which Lulu Wilson returns to tackle extra fascist dangerous guys because the titular teen heroine.

Among the narrative competitors titles is “Parachute,” the function directing debut from actor Brittany Snow, who additionally co-wrote the story of a girl overcoming her addictions. Writer-director Ally Pankiw’s “I Used to Be Funny” stars Rachel Sennott, a scene-stealer finally yr’s pageant along with her flip in “Bodies Bodies Bodies.”

Writer-director-star Leah McKendrick will premiere her millennial comedy “Scrambled,” co-starring Ego Nwodim, Clancy Brown and Yvonne Strahovski. Director Lisa Steen’s story of intergenerational friendship, “Late Bloomers,” stars Karen Gillan.

Julio Torres and Tilda Swinton in "Problemista."

Julio Torres and Tilda Swinton in “Problemista.”

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The Narrative Spotlight part will embody Billy Luther’s “Frybread Face and Me” and Jake Johnson’s function directing debut, “Self Reliance,” by which the “New Girl” star seems with a solid that additionally contains Anna Kendrick, Andy Samberg, Natalie Morales, Christopher Lloyd, Wayne Brady, Mary Holland and Boban Marjanović.

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SXSW was among the many first movie festivals to embrace tv. This yr’s small-screen premieres embody “I’m a Virgo,” from showrunner-director-screenwriter Boots Riley and starring Jharrel Jerome, whereas “Mrs. Davis,” from showrunner Tara Hernandez — credited as author and producer alongside Damon Lindelof — stars Betty Gilpin. “Slip” is toplined by showrunner-director-screenwriter Zoe Lister-Jones.

Among the movies within the pageant’s documentary highlight part are James Adolphus’ “Being Mary Tyler Moore,” an exploration of how the tv icon revolutionized depictions of ladies, and Ondi Timoner’s “The New Americans: Gaming a Revolution,” which pulls collectively threads of finance, media and political extremism in modern tradition.

Additional titles can be introduced in early February.


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