The SXSW 2018 Film Festival has released their headlining films! SXSW is known to bring in big names and big talent. Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major and rising names in cinema. Last year Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender drove crowds wild. James Franco and Seth Rogen were in attendance, and James McAvoy was in town promoting “Atomic Blonde.” These year will be no different. The SXSW film festival will take place on March 9 – 18.
Opening night film
“A Quiet Place” (Word Premiere)
Director: John Krasinski
Screenwriters: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski
Synopsis: If they can’t hear you, they can’t hunt you.
Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds.
Closing Night Film
“Isle of Dogs” (North American Premiere)
Directed/Screenwriter: Wes Anderson
Synopsis: “Isle of Dogs” tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Akira Takayama, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Mari Natsuki, Fisher Stevens, Nijiro Murakami, Liev Schreiber, Courtney B. Vance
Other headliners include:
“Blockers” (World Premiere)
Director: Kay Cannon
Screenwriters: Brian Kehoe, Jim Kehoe, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, Eben Russell
Synopsis: When three parents discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.
Cast: Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Indira Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon
“Boundaries” (Word Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Shana Feste
Synopsis: Laura and her troubled son Henry are forced to drive her estranged, pot-dealing, carefree father Jack across country after he’s kicked out of a nursing home.
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall, Bobby Cannavale, Kristen Schaal, Dolly Wells, Yahya AbdulMateen, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Fonda
“Paradox” (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Daryl Hannah
Synopsis: A loud Poem. A whimsical western tale of music and love.
Cast: Neil Young, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Corey McCormick, Anthony LoGerfo, Tato Melgar, Willie Nelson, Charris Ford, Dulcie Clarkson Ford
“Final Portrait” (North American Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Stanley Tucci
Synopsis: “Final Portrait” is the story of the touching and offbeat friendship between world renowned artist Alberto Giacometti and American writer and art-lover James Lord, based on Lord’s memoir.
Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Tony Shalhoub, Sylvie Testud