The Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference will premiere Spencer King’s directorial debut “Time Now”. The film, starring Eleanor Lambert and Claudia Black, will be one of 26 feature films slated for world, north American, and US Premieres.
Kicking off the festivities is the Opening Night Film ”The Same Storm” by Academy Award Nominee Peter Hedges. which stars Noma Dumezweni, Mary-Louise Parker, Sandra Oh, Elaine May, Raúl Castillo, Ato Blankson-Wood, Corey Michael Smith, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, and Alison Pill.
Also premiering, “Cicada”, distributed by South Korean powerhouse Contents Panda and written/directed by Chung-ryoul Lee.
Other marquee titles include Academy Award Nominee Wes Anderson’s love letter to journalists ”The French Dispatch”, starring Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson; Cambodian Sci-Fi title ”Karmalink” from XYZ Films, by writers Jake Wachtel and Christopher Larsen; and ”Captains of Za’atari” by writer/director Ali El Arabi which chronicles friends in a Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan chasing an undying dream of becoming professional football players.
A24 expands their partnership with the Festival through the Mike Mills tour de force ”C’MON C’MON” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Gaby Hoffmann, Scoot Mcnairy, Molly Webster, Jaboukie Young-White, and Woody Norman; alongside Joanna Hogg’s shimmering story of love and a young woman’s formative years ”The Souvenir Part II”, starring Honor Swinton Byrne, Tilda Swinton, Ariane Labed, Jaygann Ayeh, and Richard Ayoade.
NEON also returns with a slew of titles, including the Joachim Trier rom-com stunner ”The Worst Person in the World”, starring Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum, and Hans Olav Brenner; while the previously announced ”Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman” brings a whimsical wonder to the slate this October. Additional World Premieres include ”The Grand Bolero” (a middle-aged pipe organ restorer struggles to control her obsessive attraction to her new 20-year-old mute assistant), and ”I Can Feel You Walking” (two people who are losing their internal battles against depression and addiction, find solace in each other one night when they start to stray from their comfort zones). Also joining them will be ”The Time of the Fireflies” (separated by thousands of miles and during a pandemic, Miguel tries to stay connected to his family in Mexico while fulfilling his life goals), and ”TORAO” (while conducting research for her project, a college student stumbles upon an old detective and she decides to help him solve a decades-old cold case).
In addition to its film lineup, the Austin Film Festival also revealed today their full schedule for the highly-anticipated Writers Conference. The Conference features a roster of prominent screenwriters in film and television, including conversations with Academy Award nominee Will Berson, co-writer of ”Judas and the Black Messiah”; and Brad Ingelsby, Emmy Award-nominated creator of ”Mare of Easttown”. Lisa Joy, Emmy Award-nominated co-creator of HBO’s Westworld and writer/director of 2021’s ”Reminiscence”; and Linda Yvette Chavez, co-creator of Netflix’s popular series ”Gentefied” will also be joining.
The festival runs October 21-28.