SXSW FILM FESTIVAL
Those of us attending SXSW in Austin were treated to 22 minutes of raw footage of the new Sacha Baron Cohen movie Bruno, the funny man's follow up to Borat, where he plays a gay Austrian fashion reporter for youth TV. The footage spanned three scenes, each of which included a personal SXSW greeting from Cohen. To the say the material was funny is a laughable insult itself. This brief look at Bruno quite possibly promises a more raucous laugh than Borat, which is no small feat. But how, you might ask? Take the first scene, which has Bruno interviewing parents in an attempt to find the right baby for a video production.
I think we all need to have a moment of silence and welcome back the Sam Raimi of old. Lump the man in with Cher and Madonna, because Raimi has returned to his particular recipe for horror, shaped during his days of Army of Darkness and Evil Dead, with a vigor that deserves an applause. And that's just what he got at the historic Paramount theater in Austin during the first ever public screening of Drag Me to Hell last night as part of SXSW. I will confidently say that it's an experience unlike few other and vintage Raimi through-and-through. The camp, the scares, the art, the gross-outs - it's all there, and then some.
The SXSW Film Festival announced two last minute additions to its 2009 line-up. Sam Raimi's return to classic horror, Drag Me to Hell, will debut as a work-in-progress, since Universal is still putting it out in theaters in May. Additionally, Jonathan Demme's new Neil Young performance film, Neil Young Trunk Show, will premiere on the last day of the fest. "Both Sam Raimi and Jonathan Demme add tremendous weight to our program," said SXSW producer Janet Pierson, "and we are beyond privileged to screen films that are not only highly anticipated by fans and industry alike, but are truly inline with SXSW sensibilities."
The next big film festival on the schedule after Sundance is always the SXSW Film Festival in lovely Austin, Texas. Both Ken and Alex attended last year (read our coverage here) and had a blast, because SXSW is a much more of a chill festival, with partying almost every night and and a moviegoing atmosphere second-to-none due in thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse. The full line-up for this year's SXSW, which takes place from March 13th to 21st, has been revealed and can be seen in its entirity below. This year SXSW will be showing a total of 108 feature films from around the world, including plenty of world premieres.