2012 SXSW Film Festival to Open with THE CABIN IN THE WOODS; Initial Line-Up Announced

     January 12, 2012


Today, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival announced their initial line-up for 2012.  More movies will be announced in the future, but from the get-go they’ve got some good-looking ones.  The festival will open with the world premiere of Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin in the Woods.  The movie sat on the shelf for a few years due to MGM’s financial meltdown, but it finally found distribution with Lionsgate.  SXSW is a great venue to give folks a first look at the film, and the trailer shows this is a movie really is going to turn the “Cabin in the Woods” horror subgenre on its head.

The Cabin in the Woods (opening wide on April 13th) may be the marquee title, but there’s other noteworthy flicks in the initial line-up.  There’s Lena Dunham‘s new film Girls, Kevin Macdonald‘s Bob Marley documentary, Marley, and Ernst Lubitsch‘s 1919 silent comedy The Oyster Princess.  That last one will be especially cool because Austin jazz/rock band Bee vs. Moth will perform their original score live with the film for the first time.  Hit the jump for the full initial line-up.  The 2012 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 9 – 17th.

cabin-in-the-woods-poster-hi-resHere’s the initial line-up for the 2012 SXSW Film Festival:

Beauty Ss Embarrassing (World Premiere)
Director: Neil Berkeley
A funny, irreverent and insightful look into the life and times of one of America’s most important artists, Wayne White.

The Cabin In The Woods (World Premiere)
Director: Drew Goddard, Writers: Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. Cast: Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford

Citadel (World Premiere)
Director & Writer: Ciarán Foy
An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children. Cast: Anuerin Barnard, James Cosmo, and Wumni Mosaku, Jake Wilson, Amy Shiels

Girls (World Premiere)
Director & Writer: Lena Dunham
Created by and starring Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), the HBO show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver

Marley (North American Premiere)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
The definitive documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.

The Oyster Princess (1919) with original live score by Bee vs. Moth (World Premiere)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch, Writers: Hanns Kraly & Ernst Lubitsch
The Oyster Princess is Ernst Lubitsch’s tart 1919 silent comedy that parodies the rich and the spoiled. Austin jazz/rock band Bee vs. Moth performs their original score live with the film for the first time.

Small Apartments (World Premiere)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Writer: Chris Millis
When Franklin Franklin accidentally kills his landlord, he must hide the body; but, the wisdom of his beloved brother and the quirks of his neighbors, force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him.
Cast: Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan, Johnny Knoxville, Juno Temple, James Marsden, Dolph Lundgren, Saffron Burrows, Rosie Perez, DJ Qualls


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