For over 30 years, the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival has been turning Austin into a place for those who want to embrace music, cinema, and technology at once. The gathering, which started as a music festival in 1987, includes discussion panels, an exhibition, film screenings, concerts and parties that start at noon and end late at night.
Here are ten best movies at this year’s SXSW.
John Carroll Lynch debuts as a director with his indie drama about a 90-year-old bad-tempered atheist. When meeting and interacting with people who live in his town, the old man eventually becomes softer.
In his documentary, director Karam Gill describes the origins of G-Funk – one of the influential trends in West Coast rap and explores the story of one of its creators. The film is centered around rappers Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg and the producer Warren G.
3. The Ballad of Lefty Brown
It’s the Jared Moshe’s western about Lefty Brown – the buddy of Eddie Johnson, the outlaw played by Peter Fonda. After trying to quit his way of life, Johnson leaves to Boot Hill, and Lefty (Bill Pullman) stays in charge of his ranch. The cast includes Jim Caviezel, Kathy Baker, and Tommy Flanagan.
The thriller starring Zoe Kravitz and Lola Kirke is directed by Aaron Katz. The film tells the story of relationships between a Hollywood starlet (Zoe Kravitz) and her personal assistant (Lola Kirke).
5. Song To Song
The film directed by Terrence Malick and starring Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, and Ryan Gosling, will tell you about two intersecting love triangles. It’s a story about betrayal and sexual obsession. The musically themed drama is set in Austin.
6. Atomic Blonde
No, this movie is not about dating ladies or pool dancers. It’s an action-heavy spy flick directed by David Leitch. During the Cold War, an undercover MI6 agent (Charlize Theron) goes to Berlin to return the list of missing double agents and investigate the murder of another agent.
The film is about the team of astronauts who study a deadly extraterrestrial life form that was picked up by a probe on Mars. After some time, researchers find themselves stuck in a space capsule with it. And the cast of Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, and Jake Gyllenhaal make this movie worth waiting for.
8. Win It All
Directed by Joe Swanberg, “Win It All” is about Eddie Garrett who has to keep a duffel bag full of cash that belongs to his friend who is going to prison. Unable to resist the temptation, Eddie waists all the money, ending up in debt. And just when his friend is about to be released, Eddie suddenly gets a chance to win the money back.
9. Most Hated Woman in America
This film directed by Tommy O’Haver and based on true facts, tells a story of atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who was kidnapped in Austin and murdered in 1995.
10. Fits and Starts
Laura Terruso’s movie is about a writer who is forced to live in the shadow of his wife’s literary success. Eventually, he faces his own creative drawbacks and retakes control of his work and life.