Austin’s annual interactive, film, and music festival South By Southwest starts today and runs through March 19th. For those that haven’t been to SXSW it can be an amazing experience full of film premieres, panels, and an endless supply of music and free alcohol. You’ll find yourself living off of breakfast tacos, coffee, and whatever free bites you can scavenge between engagements at the numerous parties.
While we wish we could see and be everywhere at this years festival, we can’t, so we’ve put together a list of our top picks!
Official Description: Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.
The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
Why we want to see it: Theron is back in action as one of the good guys this time and we can’t wait to see the tension between her and McAvoy.
Official Description: A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
Why we want to see it: This is a departure from the norm for Edgar Wright and it features a soundtrack that you’ll want to have on loop for the rest of the year.
THE DISASTER ARTIST
Official Description: This is a true story about the making of “The Room” – the cult classic described as the “Citizen Kane of bad movies.” “The Disaster Artist,” directed by and starring James Franco, is a buddy comedy about two outsiders chasing a dream. When the world rejects them, they decide to make their own movie – and it’s a movie so wonderfully awful due to its unintentional hilarious moments, meandering plots and terrible acting.
Why we want to see it: The first time you’ll see the Franco brothers on screen at the same time and we can finally find out who the better actor is.
Official Description: Written and directed by Aaron Kratz, a heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. As the assistant travels across Los Angeles to unravel the mystery, she must stay one step ahead of a determined policeman and confront her own understanding of friendship, truth and celebrity. Starring Lola Kirke, Zoe Kravitz, and John Cho.
Why we want to see it: Off the back of the success of La La Land comes a stylish LA mystery about everything we love and hate about our beautiful city. We can’t wait to see how this one unfolds.
SONG TO SONG
Official Description: In this modern love story, set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye and BV, and music mogul Cook and the waitress whom he ensnares — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.
Directed by Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) and starring Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, and Michael Fassbender.
Why we want to see it: This film is opening the festival so try to get your seats early! Terrence Malick’s directs a star-studded cast and we can’t wait to see it all come to life.
Official description: “Patti Cake$” introduces Australian native Danielle Macdonald in a breakout role, as aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$. Fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in Jersey where her life is falling apart, Patti tries to reach the big time in the hip hop scene with original and affecting music. Cheered on by her grandmother and only friends, Jheri and Basterd, Patti also shoulders her mother’s heartaches and misfortunes.
Why we want to see it: One of our Sundance favorites, Patti Cake$ is an unexpected, authentic, gritty story that left us feeling inspired.
Stay tuned for our SXSW wrap-up where we’ll look into some of the biggest themes from the week and half long festival.