“Insidious,” a haunted-house story from “Saw’” creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell; “The Divide,” a sci-fi thriller starring Michael Biehn and Milo Ventimiglia; and “Attack the Block,” an action-adventure story by “Adventures of Tintin” writer Joe Cornish are some of the movies premiering in the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival’s midnight program next month, festival organizers announced Thursday. [FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this post misstated Cornish’s writing credits.]
In prior years, the Austin, Texas, festival’s two bloody, boisterous midnight-screening series — Midnighters and SXFantastic — have helped foster directors such as Eli Roth and Gareth Edwards. Among the familiar faces from the genre world in this year’s lineup are Wan and Whannell, whose film stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey in a ghost story about a family beset by spirits after a son falls into a coma. Other filmmakers are likely to be new to U.S. audiences, such as U.K. director Ben Wheatley, who brings his naturalistic horror movie, “Kill List.”
SXSW also announced its short-film slate, which includes “Scenes From the Suburbs,” Spike Jonze’s 30-minute film about Arcade Fire; “Guard Dog Global Jam,” an experimental work by pioneering animator Bill Plympton; “Kevin,” a documentary about Austin musician Kevin Gant by “Cyrus” director Jay Duplass; and “Pioneer,” a bedtime story by David Lowery, founder of alt-rock group Camper Van Beethoven.
The midnight and shorts schedules join SXSW’s previously announced films, including the Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson drama “The Beaver” and the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost geek buddy film, “Paul.” SXSW will open on March 11, with Duncan Jones’ “Source Code.”
– Rebecca Keegan
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