Southwest fest runs March 10-19

Garrison Keillor’s bigscreen adaptation of “A Prairie Home Companion,” directed by Robert Altman, will make its North American preem at the South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas, where it will be the opening-night film.

Ensemble pic was on a preliminary list of North American and world preems announced Monday by fest organizers. SXSW runs March 10-19.

Keillor’s screenplay takes a look at what goes on backstage during his real-life radio show. Feature stars Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Keillor, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin.

Picturehouse will release the film in June.

Other SXSW 2006 North American preems include James Marsh’s family drama “The King,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal and William Hurt, and Mary Harron’s biopic “The Notorious Bettie Page,” starring Gretchen Mol as the legendary pin-up girl. Pic also stars David Strathairn and Lili Taylor.

World preems include docu “loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies,” directed by Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin, following the band’s reunion tour, and Ron Mann’s docu “Tales of the Rat Fink,” a film about hot-rod designer Ed “Big Daddy” Roth narrated by John Goodman.

Complete fest lineup will be released next month.

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