SXSW sets film lineup

'MacGruber,' 'Runaways' among high-profile titles

South by Southwest has unveiled its complete lineup with high-profile pics including Rogue’s comedy “MacGruber,” “Mr. Nice,” “Get Low,” “Cyrus” and “The Runaways.”

The fest, which already announced Lionsgate’s action-comedy “Kick-Ass” as its opening night film, is entering its 17th year in Austin, Texas, and will run March 12-20. A total of 119 features will screen, with 55 of those having their world premieres — culled from a record 1,572 feature submissions.

The fest, which carries the slogan “Tomorrow Happens Here,” also features an interactive component that starts on March 12 and a music section that launches March 17. “Our hallmarks are that it’s a very egalitarian, non-elitist event,” SXSW producer Janet Pierson told Daily Variety.

Other major titles include Tim Blake Nelson’s “Leaves of Grass,” Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Micmacs,” Michel Gondry’s “The Thorn in the Heart,” Alexandre O. Philippe’s “The People vs. George Lucas,” Shane Meadows’ “Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee,” Steven Soderbergh’s “And Everything is Going Fine,” Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas’ “American: The Bill Hicks Story,” Mike Woolf’s “Man on a Mission,” Jacob Hatley’s “Ain’t In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm,” Mark Landsman’s “Thunder Soul,” Daniel Stamm’s “Cotton” and Chris D’Arienzo’s “Barry Munday.”

“We feel we’ve achieved a great balance that continues our tradition of screening films across all budget lines and styles, and we take particular pride in witnessing the evolution of SXSW alumni as well as the vitality of fresh voices,” Pierson said.

Pierson, who succeeded Matt Dentler two years ago, said the festival remains particularly committed to its tradition of highlighting “subversive” studio comedies such as “MacGruber” and “Kick-Ass.” In 2008, the fest included “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay”; and last year, SXSW held the world premieres of Paramount/DreamWorks’ “I Love You, Man” and Warner’s “Observe and Report” along with the U.S. preem for Summit’s “The Hurt Locker.”

The narrative feature competition includes “Brotherhood,” directed by Will Canon; “Dance With the One,” directed by Mike Dolan; “Earthling,” directed by Clay Liford; “Helena From the Wedding,” directed by Joseph Ifantolino; “The Myth of the American Sleepover,” directed by David Robert Mitchell; “Phillip the Fossil,” directed by Garth Donovan; “Some Days are Better Than Others,” directed by Matt McCormick and “Tiny Furniture,” directed by Lena Dunham.

Documentary feature competition includes “Beijing Taxi,” directed by Miao Wang; “Camp Victory, Afghanistan,” directed by Carol Dysinger; “The Canal Street Madam,” directed by Cameron Yates; “Dirty Pictures,” directed by Etienne Sauret; “For Once in My Life,” directed by Jim Bigham and Mark Moormann; “Marwencol,” directed by Jeff Malmberg; “Pelada,” directed by Luke Boughen, Rebekah Fergusson, Gwendolyn Oxenham and Ryan White; and “War Don Don,” directed by Rebecca Richman Cohen.

Previously announced titles include “Cold Weather” and “Elektra Luxx” and documentaries “Hubble 3D,” “Lemmy,” “Saturday Night” and “The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights.”

SXSW’s music portion has already announced its initial salvo of 55 bands confirmed to perform over the course of the event’s five days, March 17-21, with 1,900 artists featured on the fest’s 80 stages.

L.A.-based bands Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, She & Him and L.A. deejay Steve Aoki are on the bill. They will join Austin trio Spoon, Canada’s Broken Social Scene, New York-based Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and London’s the XX.

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