Stephen Hawking documentary among SXSW film fest line-up

Stephen Hawking documentary among SXSW film fest line-up

PanARMENIAN.Net - Films from Joss Whedon, John Sayles and Nick Cassavetes as well as documentaries focusing on Stephen Hawking and John Milius are part of the off-kilter fabric that makes up the 2013 lineup of the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, The Hollywood Reporter said.

This year’s edition will see 109 features unspool during the festival, which runs March 8-16 in Austin. Of those, 69 will be world premieres, 14 will be North American premieres, and five will be U.S. premieres.

New Line's Steve Carell-Jim Carrey magician comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone already had been announced as the fest's opening, along with the much-anticipated remake of Evil Dead and Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers being part of the headlining lineup.

Whedon’s contemporary redo of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing will have its U.S. premiere, as will Sayles’ drama Go for Sisters. Cassavetes will unveil his fantasy drama Yellow for American audiences.

Having its world premiere is Hours, the directorial debut of horror screenwriter Eric Heisserer that stars Paul Walker. Borat and Bruno co-writer Dan Mazer also is making is directorial debut with I Give It a Year, a comedy staring Rose Byrne and Anna Faris making its North American premiere.

Among the slew of documentaries, Hollywood outcasts and oddballs get their spotlight. I Am Devine tells the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, and how he became John Waters’ cinematic muse and an international drag icon, while Mr. Angel focuses on trans male porn pioneer Buck Angel. Milius, meanwhile, focuses on the colorful Milius, who directed the 1980s films Conan the Barbarian and Red Dawn and wrote the first two Dirty Harry films. All three docs are world premieres.

Also premiering is Hawking, a look at the life of the famed physicist and author.

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