South by Southwest has unveiled the first pic in its lineup, with Summit thriller “Source Code” set as the opening-night film for March 11.
The fest, entering its 18th year, made the announcement Thursday. “Code,” the sophomore feature from SXSW alum Duncan Jones (“Moon”), opens April 1 and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright.
“We are delighted to welcome Duncan Jones back to SXSW,” said festival producer Janet Pierson. “His debut ‘Moon’ showed an intelligence, skill and exceptional use of limited resources that’s exactly the kind of filmmaking we love to support. ‘Source Code’ is a terrific follow-up; it’s a smart, suspenseful thriller.”
Gyllenhaal portrays a decorated soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. Script was penned by Ben Ripley, and is produced by the Mark Gordon Co. and presented by Vendome Pictures; Gordon, Philippe Rousselet and Jordan Wynn are producers, with Hawk Koch, Jeb Brody and Fabrice Gianfermi exec producing.
The complete festival lineup will be announced in early February.
SXSW, which drew about 50,000 attendees this year, also said Thursday that it will feature more than 80 sessions of panels and workshops, including Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”) in a directing workshop.
This year, the festival selected “Kick-Ass” as its opening film and one of its 64 world premieres, which included “Tiny Furniture,” “Marwencol,” “Thunder Soul” and Monster.”
In 2009, the fest held the world premieres of Paramount/DreamWorks’ “I Love You, Man” and Warner’s “Observe and Report” as well as the U.S. preems for Summit’s “The Hurt Locker” and U’s “Drag Me to Hell.” Also, in 2008, Universal launched “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” at SXSW, and TWC and New Line held launches for “The Promotion” and “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay,” respectively.