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SXSW Film Program Features ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Anniversary Screening, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ with Wes Anderson and more

Sundance just ended, and we are already preparing for the next big film festival, South By Southwest. Not too long ago, the festival announced a few of the films premiering this year, but now they’ve announced the main slate. The midnight selections and some inevitable late-breaking additions are still to be announced, but this should be more than enough to get you excited. Along with many World Premieres, and Sundance favorites like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Gareth EvansThe Raid 2, the line up also includes an anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and an extended Q&A screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel with Wes Anderson. SXSW 2014 runs March 7 through 15 in Austin, Texas. Check out the line up after the jump.


Narrative Feature Competition

Eight world premieres, eight unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,324 films submitted to SXSW 2014. Films screening in Narrative
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SXSW 2014 Lineup Includes Universal Pictures’ Neighbors and Jon Favreau’s Chef

Today the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced a diverse features lineup for this year’s Festival, the 21st edition and running March 7 – 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The 2014 program expands on SXSW tradition of embracing a range of genres and span of budgets, featuring a wealth of vision from experienced and developing filmmakers alike.

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Listed in the announcement are 115 of the features that will screen over the course of nine days at SXSW 2014. The lineup below includes 68 films from first-time filmmakers, and consists of 76 World Premieres, 10 North American Premieres and 7 U.S. Premieres. These films were selected from a record 2,215 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,540 U.S. and 675 international feature-length films. With a record number of 6,482 submissions total, the overall increase was 14% over 2013. The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on February 5, with the complete
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Neighbors, Faults, We’ll Never Have Paris, Creep & Open Windows Lead SXSW 2014 Film Line-Up

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After announcing earlier this month that Jon Favreau’s Chef and the Veronica Mars movie will be making their world debuts at SXSW this year, the festival has revealed its full line-up, including further very promising world premieres, alongside appearances from some of the year’s most high-profile films.

The Midnight programme will be announced early next month, along with the Shorts line-up, and the complete Conference slate a little later as well.

Led by Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, Nicholas Stoller’s anticipated R-rated comedy, Neighbors, will be making its world debut at the festival, notably marked out as a ‘work-in-progress’ ahead of its theatrical release in May.

David Gordon Green’s acclaimed Joe will make its Us premiere, having bowed at Venice and then Toronto last year. Early reviews have Nicolas Cage giving one of the finest performances of his career, with Tye Sheridan (Mud) excellent alongside him.
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Wigon’s Heart Machine, Meyerhoff’s Unicorns, Levine’s Wild Canaries & Margaret Brown’s The Great Invisible In 2014 SXSW Comp Line-Up

Not sure if there is a Short Term 12 equivalent in this year’s Narrative Feature Comp, but on paper SXSW programmers are serving up a mean (and the usual lean group of 8 out of a whopping 1,324 film entries) for the upcoming competitiuon of eight which includes notable entries (that we’ve been tracking for a good time now) such as Zachary Wigon’s The Heart Machine, John Magary’s The Mend, Leah Meyerhoff’s I Believe in Unicorns and Lawrence Michael Levine’s Wild Canaries. Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated docs of the year, on the non-fiction side we find Margaret Brown’s The Great Invisible. Below you’ll find a breakdown of the other sections (notable world preems in We’ll Never Have Paris and Faults (see Mary Elizabeth Winstead above), some Sundance items with Texan connections and other nuggets.

Narrative Feature Competition

Eight world premieres, eight
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Mikael Hafstrom Will Wake

Mikael Hafstrom Will Wake
Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom just can’t stop giving into the desire to direct horror movies, it would seem. For though he has alternated between scare fests and more straightforward thrillers like Derailed, he keeps coming back to supernatural tales of terror. His last film was exorcism chiller The Rite and now he’s signed on to make a new movie for Hammer Films called Wake. Not much is known about the plot right now, but The Wrap reports that it’ll feature a modern day take on Jekyll and Hyde and will feature a character that shoves the boundaries and, more importantly, feels no fear. Much like every iteration of Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale, we’re guessing this leads to some very bad things happening.The Vatican TapesChristopher Borrelli dreamed up the concept originally, but Hafstrom will work from a new draft of the script cranked out
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Mikael Hafstrom Directing A Modern-Day Jekyl And Hyde Thriller Titled Wake

There have been countless Jekyll and Hyde film projects over the years, though it has been years since a studio has mounted a legitimate telling of the timeless identity-crisis tale. And no, the 2001 endeavor Jekyl and Hyde: The Musical with David Hasselhoff doesn.t count. But the good folks at Hammer Films reportedly are set to produce and finance a modern-day retelling of the Jekyl and Hyde myth with Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom at the helm, as reported by Deadline. The thriller will be called Wake, though little else about the project is known at this point. Deadline says the screenwriters for the Hyde project will be Christopher Borrelli and Matt Sand. The former penned The Vatican Tapes, which ScriptShadow says is another exorcism drama, while the latter worked on Deepwater Horizon, a film centered around the oil-rig disaster that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. As for Hafstrom, he
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Director Hires: Niels Arden Oplev Making ‘Game Theory,’ Mikael Hafstrom Doing ‘Wake’

Director Hires: Niels Arden Oplev Making ‘Game Theory,’ Mikael Hafstrom Doing ‘Wake’
Here are a couple small reports about new projects that have just attached directors. We don't have a great deal of info about either one, but as we expect to be following up on these soon we'll give you the early rundown now. First, Niels Arden Oplev, who made the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is now set to direct Game Theory for Summit. The film is written by Michael Alan Lerner, and is about "a college professor and game theorist who gets sucked into a large-scale global crisis." Serious stuff! Maybe. The director has been on the verge of breaking into Us films since the runaway success of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but the two films he has been attached to (The Keep and The Last Photograph) haven't really moved forward yet. He has done the pilot for the CBS show The Rememberer,
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Mikael Hafstrom to Direct 'Wake'

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Mikael Hafstrom to Direct 'Wake'
"Rite" director Mikael Hafstrom will direct "Wake," a thriller about a sociopath, for Hammer Films, the company said Wednesday. The Swedish director also is known for the 2007 "1408." "Wake" is about "a modern day Jekyll and Hyde who knows no bounds" -- and no fear, according to Hammer. Christopher Borrelli ("The Vatican Tapes") wrote the screenplay, with a new draft by Matt Sand ("Deepwater Horizon.") Hammer, which is owned by Guy East and Nigel Sinclair's Exclusive Media Group, will produce the film with Circle of Confusion, H2F and Slingshot. Circle of Confusion's David Alpert
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David Jacobson Covers 'Tracks' with Matt Dillon and Michelle Monaghan

After being attached to direct the book to film adaptation of Matthew F. Jones' A Single Shot, Dahmer helmer David Jacobson has instead pulled out another Jones novel in Boot Tracks and will direct that instead. Presented at the Efm, the dramatic thriller should see the combo of the rarely cast Matt Dillon and Michelle Monaghan. The Tracking Board reports a mid 2011 start date. Gist: Based on the novel “Boot Tracks” by Matthew F. Jones, fresh out of prison, Charlie Rankin is out of prison but not out of danger. Indebted to the man who saved his life behind bars, Charlie must now carry out a murder to settle the score. Unexpectedly he meets Florence, a mysterious and beautiful lost soul who sees the good within Charlie's dark shell. When the hit goes bad, Charlie soon finds himself in over his head and must figure out how to settle his debts,
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Black steps into 'Lights' for Berg, Uni

Black steps into 'Lights' for Berg, Uni
Lucas Black, who appears in the upcoming Cold Mountain for Miramax Films, will star as the quarterback in Universal Pictures' football drama Friday Night Lights for director Peter Berg. Brian Grazer is producing through Imagine Entertainment. Billy Bob Thornton is toplining Lights, which is based on the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream, by H.G. Bissinger. It chronicles the 1988 football season of the Odessa (Texas) Permian High Panthers, capturing the struggles and hopes of a financially troubled town that pins all of its dreams on the team's Friday night games. Black will play Winchell, the quarterback. The movie will be shot in and around Odessa early next year. Black recently completed lead roles in Bullwork Entertainment's Killer Diller and Halcyon Entertainment's Deepwater. The actor's other credits include Sling Blade and All the Pretty Horses. He is repped by MBST Entertainment, UTA and the law firm Ziffren Brittenham Branca Fischer Gilbert-Lurie & Stiffelman.

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