Kilimanjaro is the weak slogan, “Life is what happens when you’re making plans,” extended to an 80 minute film. It’s not insightful, emotional, and confuses “real” with “bland” (watching a guy discuss his vacation schedule with his boss is rarely riveting material). Instead, writer-director Walter Strafford takes a story with potential—a desire for a fresh start by taking on a challenging task—and fails to imbue it with emotion, personality, or drama. Instead, the movie is a series of clichés masquerading as characters, and a small story that feels insignificant rather than intimate. Despite a nice supporting turn by Chris Maruqette, Kilimanjaro shares the empty ambition of its protagonist, and not in a way that comes off as intentional.
Earlier this month, we reported on the first wave of SXSW 2013 films, which includes The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Evil Dead. Today, the full line-up has been announced, and it feels like Sundance all over again when it comes to plenty of unknown films. The chance of discovering a gem is high, and I look forward to hearing the buzz that arises from some these movies. There’s also a second chance at festival films I missed like The Act of Killing (from TIFF) and Pit Stop (from Sundance). I thought Toy’s House would make it in to SXSW, but I’ll see it eventually since it picked up distribution.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2013 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8 – 17th.
We have casting news for two holidays, a mountain, and a last name—or at least four movies that are titled as such.
- Susan Sarandon and daughter Eva Amurri Martino will star in Mother’s Day, a drama about the mother/daughter relationship.
- Clark Gregg will follow up The Avengers with a role in Jason Reitman‘s Labor Day
- Alexia Rasmussen signed on to star opposite Brian Geraghty in Kilimanjaro
- Revenge star Gabriel Mann will spend his summer hiatus filming the Cesar Chavez biopic Chavez
Hit the jump for details on each project.
Lots of casting news to catch up on, so here it is in brief:
- Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder) has been cast to voice a character in Despicable Me 2, starring Steve Carell and Al Pacino.
- Malcolm McDowell (The Artist) will star in a vignette of Tbilisi, My City.
- Kyle Gallner (A Nightmare on Elm Street) is a recent addition to Beautiful Creatures, the adaptation of the Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl novel.
- Abigail Spencer (Mad Men) will join the indie drama Kilimanjaro, starring Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker).
- Vik Sahay (Chuck) rounds out the cast for the werewolf film, Wer, directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside).
Hit the jump for more.
We’ve got a smattering of casting news to throw your way this morning. First up, Stellan Skarsgard and Hiroyuki Sanada (the upcoming action flick 47 Ronin) have joined the Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) in Jonathan Teplitzy‘s drama The Railway Man. Firth plays real-life World War II British officer Eric Lomax, who was captured and tortured by the Japanese. Decades later, he’s persuaded by his wife (Kidman) to find and confront one of his captors in order to repair the psychological damage. Irvine plays the younger Lomax who was in the war. According to Variety, “Skarsgard will play the best friend who accompanies the older Lomax (Firth) back to the scene of his torture. Sanada plays a Japanese officer from the prison camp whom Lomax tracks down.” This is turning out to be a terrific cast, and judging by the synopsis, this could be a big role for Sanada, whose previous credits include Speed Racer, Sunshine, and Lost.
Hit the jump for more casting news on the indie flicks Jobs, Kilimanjaro, and You Are Here.