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At last year's SXSW Film Festival, I saw The Act of Killing and Short Term 12, two movies that ended up landing on my Top 10 Films of 2013 list.  Their selection committee is top notch, and this year they've chosen Jon Favreau's latest, Chef, as their opener. Favreau stars as Carl Casper, a man who starts up a food truck business in the hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise after he loses his job as a chef, all the while trying to reconnect with his estranged family.  A lot of directors who moved from indies to blockbusters don't return to their roots, and I'm excited to see what Favreau has in store.  The festival will also play host to the world premiere of Veronica Mars and some other intriguing titles. Hit the jump to check out the first wave of screening announcements along with the first image from Chef, which opens May 9th. »

- Matt Goldberg

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