Previewing the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival
Either with trepidation or eager anticipation, South by Southwest is an event – no, a year’s worth of events compressed into two weeks – that Austinites look forward to all year long. Once again it is upon us in its bigger, more technological, more-global-than-ever 32nd iteration. I can’t wait to get out onto 6th Street and watch the tsunami of badge-holders pour into the city, subsuming it and its residents in wave after wave of concerts, secret concerts, keynote speakers, brand launches, brand relaunches, street closures, bus detours…
Wait! I’m a film critic! I get to spend as much time as I can inside a dark theater, away from all that madness! Whew!
Here are the films I’m looking forward to seeing at the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival:
The most high-profile films screening at South by Southwest, all from notable directors or featuring notable actors. Sure, we could see these in theaters or on Netflix a few weeks or months from now, but why wait? (Other than the fact that the lines for these are practically wrapped around the block already.)
A Quiet Place
Parents try to you-know-what-block their teen daughters.
Christopher Plummer plays an unconventional older man who is kicked out of a nursing home.
Austin’s favorite son Willie Nelson appears in this western described as “a loud poem.”
Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson’s latest.
These movies have done well at other festivals already, and are coming to South By Southwest to continue building momentum:
An art heist movie! Those are usually fun.
Lean on Pete
A tearjerker about a lonely boy and his horse. A24 Films is distributing.
Spike Lee’s take on Waiting for Godot.
As a fan of foreign cinema, I’m particularly interested in these two offerings, one from France and one from South Africa:
Jeannette, The Childhood of Joan of Arc
Bruno Dumont offers this period piece about France’s most famous saint.
An organized crime thriller with the twist that the protagonist is in a wheelchair. Shades of Rear Window, perhaps?
There are plenty more narrative films, documentaries, and shorts to see at this year’s South by Southwest in addition to the ones listed above. If you’re here with me, happily hunkered down in any of Austin’s theaters, remember to submit what you see to the Flickchart database and let us know where it ranks for you!