Deals. Score another one for SXSW. Pelada, a documentary that had its world premiere at the Austin festival last month, has made a distribution deal with FilmBuff and will be released in June. Pelada follows Gwendolyn Oxenham and Ryan White, two former college soccer stars, as they travel the world filming pick-up games, an activity known in Brazil as "pelada," or, literally, "naked," the game stripped to its core, according to the official site.
"It is the personal aspect of the film that is its greatest strength and emotional center," wrote Landon Palmer at Film School Rejects, "a grounding that engages even a viewer as uninformed as me with the subject through its universal themes and engrossing narrative." Timed to coincide with the World Cup, look for Pelada on demand via cable systems,
The 2010 list includes 119 films (55 world premieres), but here are a few notables: The previously announced Kick-Ass will start the festivities. Elektra Luxx, the sequel to the underseen comedy Women in Trouble, starring Carla Gugino, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and too many more to name. Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass in which Edward Norton plays identical twins. A documentary titled People vs. George Lucas that I will be seeing. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs. Plus the “SNL” spin-off movie MacGruber in its world premiere, possibly before the MacGyver creator shuts it down.
The 2010 SXSW Film Festival will run from March 12-20. Check out the
With that, the announcement came last night of the feature films that will be playing at the SXSW Film Festival. Previous announcement were already made about films like Cold Weather, Electra Luxx, Hubble 3D, Lemmy, Saturday Night, and The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights making their debut. Kick-ass was recently announced as the opening night film, as well.
Among the other films being presented this year are some Sundance darlings, a few, highly anticipated premieres, and MacGruber.
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This lineup includes premieres of studio films such as Universal’s MacGruber, Lionsgate’s teen superhero actioneer Kick-Ass and smaller films like Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs, Michel Gondry’s The Thorn in the Heart and Steven Soderbergh’s And Everything Is Going Fine. With so many films to watch, it will be very difficult to find time to seem them all during the events nine days. But hell, we’re going to try.
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Features from the Duplass brothers ("Cyrus"), Steven Soderbergh ("And Everything Is Going Fine"), Michel Gondry ("The Thorn in the Heart") and Tim Blake Nelson ("Leaves of Grass") also have spots on the program.
The March 12-20 festival will showcase 119 features and 55 world premieres, including pervasively announced opening-night film "Kick-Ass." Selections were chosen from 1,572 submissions (1,206 U.S., 366 international).
"We want discovery," said conference and fest producer Janet Pierson, now in her second year. "We want a real range of films across the board."
Eight narrative and eight documentary features comprise the main competition categories.
The narrative selections are "Brotherhood," directed by Will Canon; "Dance With the One" (Mike Dolan); "Earthling" (Clay Liford
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