SXSW ANNOUNCES “CABIN IN THE WOODS” FOR OPENING NIGHT, TEASES FULL LINEUP
SXSW, has announced the first official titles from its 2012 film lineup, a list that includes the world premiere of Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) and Joss Whedon’s (The Avengers, Serenity) horror-comedy Cabin in the Woods, as well as a special preview screening of Lena Dunham’s new HBO series, Girls.
Cabin in the Woods, which garnered a lot of buzz during a preview screening at Harry Knowles’ Butt-Numb-A-Thon this past December, will have its World Premiere as SXSW’s Opening Night film. Whedon will also be on hand at the festival for a panel discussion on Saturday, March 10.
Check out the film’s trailer:
Also announced for the fest was a special preview screening of the first three episodes of Lena Dunham’s new HBO series Girls. Producer Judd Apatow, as well as Dunham herself (whose breakout film Tiny Furniture premiered at SXSW in 2010), will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Furniture star Alex Karpovsky on Tuesday, March 13.
Other titles announced include the North American premiere of Kevin Macdonald’s Bob Marley documentary and the world premiere of Jonas Åkerlund’s dark comedy Small Apartments.
The full lineup of announced films:
Beauty is Embarrassing (World Premiere)
Director: Neil Berkeley
A funny, irreverent and insightful look into the life and times of one of America’s most important
artists, Wayne White.
The Cabin in the Woods (World Premiere)
Director: Drew Goddard, Writers: Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story,
think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a
mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. Cast: Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna
Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford
CITADEL (World Premiere)
Director & Writer: Ciarán Foy
An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a
gang of twisted feral children. Cast: Anuerin Barnard, James Cosmo, and Wumni Mosaku, Jake
Wilson, Amy Shiels
GIRLS (World Premiere)
Director & Writer: Lena Dunham
Created by and starring Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), the HBO show is a comic look at the
assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Cast: Lena Dunham,
Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver
MARLEY (North American Premiere)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
The definitive documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.
The Oyster Princess (1919) with original live score by Bee vs. Moth (World Premiere)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch, Writers: Hanns Kraly & Ernst Lubitsch
The Oyster Princess is Ernst Lubitsch’s tart 1919 silent comedy that parodies the rich and the
spoiled. Austin jazz/rock band Bee vs. Moth performs their original score live with the film for the
Small Apartments (World Premiere)
Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Writer: Chris Millis
When Franklin Franklin accidentally kills his landlord, he must hide the body; but, the wisdom of his
beloved brother and the quirks of his neighbors, force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him.
Cast: Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan, Johnny Knoxville, Juno Temple, James Marsden, Dolph Lundgren, Saffron Burrows, Rosie Perez, DJ Qualls