‘Tetris’, ‘Bottoms’ among SXSW second wave

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Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby follow-up Bottoms and Jon S. Baird’s Tetris starring Taron Egerton are among the second wave of SXSW unveiled on Wednesday.

Festival organisers announced all selections inVisions, Global presented by MUBI, 24 Beats, and Festival Favorites as well as additions to Headliners, TV Premieres, Narrative and Documentary Spotlight.

New to Headliners are world premieres of Emma Seligman’s Shiva Baby follow-up Bottoms which follows two unpopular queer high school students who start a fight club to have sex before graduation; and Jon S. Baird’s Tetris starring Taron Egerton as the American video game salesman Henk Rogers who encountered obstacles behind the Iron Curtain while trying to bring the game to the world. Matthew Vaughn is among the producers.

Janine Nabers and Donald Glover’s Swarm and Lee Sung Jin’s Beef will be the opening and Ccosing night TV premieres. The film & TV festival’s opening night film is the previously announced first wave selection Dungeons And Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, and this year’s closing night film will be announced closer to the event which runs in Austin, Texas, from March 10-19. Matt Johnson’s BlackBerry gets its North American premiere in Narrative Spotlight following the world premiere in Berlin.

Visions selections include Bomani J. Story’s The Angry Black Girl And Her Monster; Liza Mandelup’s Caterpillar; Tomas Gomez Bustillo’s Chronicles Of A Wandering Saint(Arg-US); Michael Lukk Litwak’s Molli And Max In The Future; Kim Albright’s With Love And A Major Organ (Can); and Tayarisha Poe’s The Young Wife. There are US premieres for Theo Montoya’s Anhell69 (Col), Franklin Ritch’s The Artifice Girl, and Sophie Jarvis’s Until Branches Bend (Can-Swi), while Rocío Mesa’s Secaderos (Spa-US) gets its international premiere.

The 24 Beats Per Second programme includes Sean Menard’s 299 Queen Street West (Can); Robert Schwartzman’s Hung Up On A Dream; Jed I. Rosenberg’s Louder Than You Think; and Samuel Pollard’s Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes. Karen O’Connor’s Joan Baez I Am A Noise and José Luis Rugeles’ Rebelión (Col) get their North American premiere and there are US premieres for Roger Ross Williams and Brooklyn Sudano’s documentary Love to Love You, Donna Summer, and Ron Chapman’s Revival69: The Concert That Rocked the World (Can-Fr).

The Global strand presented by Mubi brings Caroline Fioratti’s My Drywall Cocoon (Bra) and Kattia G. Zúñiga Sister & Sister (Pan). There is a North American premiere for Ektara Collective’s Ek Jagah Apni (India), while Sophie Linnenbaum’s The Ordinaries (Ger) gets its US premiere and Kaveh Nabatian’s Kite Zo A (Can-Hai) receives its international premiere.

Festival Favorites encompasses mostly a roster or recent Sundance world premieres and include: Erica Tremblay’s Fancy Dance; Laura Gabbert’s Food And Country; Babak Jalali’s Fremont; Alejandra Vasquez’s Going Varsity In Mariachi; Ella Glendining’s Is There Anybody Out There?; Alexandria Bombach’s It’s Only Life After All; D. Smith’s Kokomo City; Lisa Cortes’s Little Richard: I Am Everything; Christopher Burke’s No Ordinary Campaign; Tracy Droz Tragos’s Plan C; Jennifer Lane’s Robert Irwin: A Desert Of Pure Feeling; Laurel Parmet’s The Starling Girl; and Davis Guggenheim’s Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie.

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