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Friday, January 6, 2017

Here are Two Films Debuting at SXSW that Need to be On Your Radar

As always, filmmaker Terrence Malick's new film debuting at this year's SXSW Festival (which I am excited to be attending) has all Hollywood flapping their gums. But can we talk about two films that we need to pay strict attention to instead of what will likely be yet another meandering romantic drama from Malick (Song to Song)? Take a look at what else is on the roster:

Signature Move (World Premiere)
Director: Jennifer Reeder, Screenwriters: Fawzia Mirza, Lisa Donato
A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother. In this coming-of-age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes by taking up Lucha-style wrestling.
Cast: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez, Audrey Francis, Charin Alvarez, Mark Hood, Molly Brennan

Small Town Crime (World Premiere)
Directors/Screenwriters: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms
Ex-cop, Mike Kendall, finds the body of a young woman and, in an act of self-redemption, becomes hellbent on finding the killer. While his uncouth, quirky detective style helps break the case, his dogged determination puts his family in danger.
Cast: John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr.

SXSW Festival will be held in Austin, Texas March 10-19. For more information, visit their website. More of their slate will be revealed late this month. Stay tuned.


Brittani Burnham said...

I look forward to your review of these.

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