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SXSW announces FOUR LIONS as Closing Night film, plus addition of Spike Jonze’s I’M HERE, Broken Social Scene’s concert film, and more

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
February 19th, 2010

Just when I think I've crafted the perfect SXSW viewing schedule to meet the needs of you hungry little GATW readers and my own film-going desires, we get hit with a new round of awesome. SXSW has announced their Closing Night film (a Sundance favorite, FOUR LIONS), along with a string of feature and shorts additions, including Spike Jonze's I'M HERE, the world premiere of Broken Social Scene's concert film THIS MOVIE IS BROKEN, the Doors' documentary WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE, the U.S. premiere of SUCK, and the world premiere of AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE.

Hit the jump to see the newest additions to the festival!

The Closing Night film will close out the festival on March 20 at the Paramount Theater. The film is FOUR LIONS, Chris Morris' "pitch-black satire" that traces the exploits of a group of British jihadists who "push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point."

The additional feature titles include:

AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE - World Premiere
Director: Elijah Drenner
Screenwriters: Calum Wadell and Elijah Drenner
This feature documentary chronicles the history of the American Exploitation Film. It digs deep into this often overlooked category of U.S. cinema and unearths the shameless and occasionally shocking origins of this popular entertainment.

CARGO - U.S. Premiere
Directors: Ivan Engler and Ralf Etter
Screenwriters: Johnny Hartmann, Thilo Röscheisen, Patrik Steinmann
Cast: Anna Katharina Schwabroth, Martin Rapold, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Pierre Semmler
CARGO is an intelligent science-fiction thriller that puts an electrifying, futuristic spin on present-day preoccupations like flight from reality, and destruction of the environment.

HAYNESVILLE: THE HUNT FOR AN ENERGY FUTURE - North American Premiere
Director and Screenwriter: Gregory Kallenberg
HAYNESVILLE documents the discovery of the largest natural gas field in the nation, its momentous impact on three people’s lives, and the affect this historic find could have on our energy future.

A NY THING - North American Premiere
Director & Screenwriter: Olivier Lecot
Cast: Jonathan Zaccai, Fanny Valette, Greta Gerwig, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Leo Fitzpatrick
A French romantic follows his object of desire to New York where over the course of 3 crazed and ardent days he must convince her of the authenticity of his love in a comic and melancholy journey where love reveals its peculiar nature.

SKATELAND
Director: Anthony Burns
Screenwriters: Anthony Burns, Brandon Freeman, Heath Freeman
Cast: Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene, Heath Freeman, Brett Cullen, Melinda McGraw, Taylor Handley, Haley Ramm, and A.J. Buckley
In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way.

BEYOND IPANEMA
Director: Guto Barra
Writer: Guto Barra and Béco Dranoff
From Carmen Miranda to Bebel Gilberto, from Tropicália to Favela Funk, Brazilian music has been influencing the world for 70 years. The global love affair with Brazil is revisited by the ones who lived it.

STRUMMERVILLE - World Premiere
Director: Don Letts
Joe Strummer’s untimely death sent shockwaves around the music world and beyond. In this documentary, Grammy winner Don Letts shows how Joe’s spirit lives on through a charity set up in his memory, Strummerville.

THIS MOVIE IS BROKEN - World Premiere
Director: Bruce McDonald
Screenwriter: Don McKellar
On a hot summer’s night in Toronto, a Broken Social Scene show tops all expectations and resonates deep into the morning, into the lives of two close friends & closer than they knew.

WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE - A FILM ABOUT THE DOORS
Director: Tom DiCillo
Narrated by Johnny Depp, the first feature documentary about The Doors provides a previously unseen view of the legendary quartet, comprised entirely of historic archival footage shot between 1965 and 1971.

THE SOUND OF INSECTS - RECORD OF A MUMMY
Director: Peter Liechti
A cinematic manifesto for life, challenged by the main character's radical renunciation of life itself.

WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY
Director: Don Hahn
From 1984 to 1994, a perfect storm of people and circumstances changed the face of animation forever.

TONY
Director and Screenwriter: Gerard Johnson
Cast: Peter Ferdinando, Ricky Grover, George Russo, Francis Pope, Neil Maskell, Lorenzo Camporese, Vicky Murdock
A week in the life of Tony, an alienated psychopath with severe social problems, an obsession for action films and a horrible moustache.

SUCK - U.S. Premiere
Director and Screenwriter: Rob Sterfaniuk
Cast: Rob Stefaniuk, Jessica Pare, Dave Foley, Moby, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Dimitri Coats, Alex Lifeson with Alice Cooper and Malcolm McDowell
SUCK is a rock and roll vampire movie that follows "The Winners” on their final doomed tour down a highway to hell.

The additional shorts include:

I'M HERE
Director: Spike Jonze

SUCCESSFUL ALCOHOLICS
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Drake and Lindsay are successful alcoholics who may need to rethink their definition of "success."

TOUGH CROWD
Director: Anne Lewis
An over-scheduled, guilt-ridden and totally self-absorbed daughter comes to visit Mom at the retirement home and withers from the contempt that she’s certain the staff and other residents have for her.  Plus, she “just knows” that they prefer her dashing, bachelor brother to her.

ROBIN HOOD GARDENS (Documentary)
Director: Martin Ginestie
An investigation into the debate surrounding the fate of Robin Hood Gardens, controversial East London housing estate described as a dilapidated concrete eyesore by some and a masterpiece in Brutalist architecture by others.

STAR WAR: RETOLD (Documentary)
Director: Joe Nicolosi
An animated retelling of the original Star Wars trilogy, according to a girl who's never actually watched STAR WARS. Her rendition, pieced together from pop-culture references and Kevin Smith jokes, offers a fun glance at the cultural impact STAR WARS has had on those who haven't watched the films.

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