We've selected 10 must see films for the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival

The next big film festival of the year is due to get under way later today and as always the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival looks set to deliver. Running alongside the Music, Comedy and Interactive Festivals, this years ten day feast will include 44 films from first-time filmmakers, 86 world premières, 11 North American premières, and 5 U.S. premières.

We've picked out a small selection of films we hope live up to their promise over the next 10 days.

The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man

Director: Tommy Avallone

Bill Murray has the ability to appear out of nowhere, leaving people stunned by his presence as he rolls in and out of town in the blink of an eye. Over the years more and more stories have been told about this phenomenon and director Tommy Avallone hits the road to find out the truth.

A Quiet Place

Director: John Krasinski
Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe

John Krasinski directs and stars in this tense looking horror about a family living in an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound. The trailer has done a good job of selling this so far and it opens the SXSW festival this year. We won't have to wait too long to see it as the film opens at the start of May in the UK.


Directors: Chris Caldwell, Zeek Earl
Starring: Sophie Thatcher, Pedro Pascal, Jay Duplass

Based on the short film of the same name shown at SXSW in 2014, Prospect is about a teenage girl and her father who travel to a remote moon on the hunt for elusive riches. But there are others roving the moon’s toxic forest and the job quickly devolves into a desperate fight to escape.


Director: Joel Potrykus
Starring: Joshua Burge, David Dastmalchian, Andre Hyland

Anyone who enjoyed the fuck you attitude of Joel Potrykus' 2014 Buzzard and 2016's The Alchemist's Cookbook, should expect a lot more of the same this time round. It takes us back to the impending Y2K apocalypse, where Abbie is faced with the ultimate challenge - the unbeatable level 256 on Pac-Man - and he can't get off the couch until he conquers it. A survival story set in a living room.


Director: Mélanie Laurent
Starring: Elle Fanning, Lili Reinhart, Ben Foster

Most people will know Mélanie Laurent from her performance as Shosanna in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, but this accomplished French actresses is highly respected in her home country and has been steadily honing her directing craft with Galveston now her fifth film. Set in the coastal Texas town of the same name, it tells the story of a dying hitman who returns to his hometown where he plans his revenge after narrowly escaping a set-up.

Friday's Child

Director: A.J. Edwards
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Imogen Poots, Caleb Landry Jones

The release of A.J. Edwards' 2014 film, The Better Angels, saw the Terrence Malick collaborator hailed as his natural successor due to the similarity of his style. Here he follows Richie, fresh out of foster care at age 18, who turns to petty crime to survive, and discovers an impossible love in an unlikely friend.


Director: Daryl Hannah
Starring: Neil Young, Charris Ford, Anthony LoGerfo, Corey McCormick

Daryl Hannah's directorial début, featuring hubby Neil Young, is either going to be something special or a complete mess judging by its synopsis. It tells us that time is fluid in this far-fetched, whimsical western tale of music and love. Somewhere in the future past, The Man In the Black Hat hides out between heists at an old stagecoach stop with Jail Time, the Particle Kid, and an odd band of outlaws. Mining the detritus of past civilizations, they wait… for the Silver Eagle, for the womenfolk, and for the full moon's magic to give rise to the music and make the spirits fly. So, er, yeah.


Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Christine Adams

Another attempt to stage a film completely on computer screens following on from Nacho Vigalondo's Open Windows, and doing the festival rounds at the same time as Aneesh Chaganty's Search. Profile is about a journalist who creates a fake Facebook profile in order to investigate the recruitment of young European women by ISIS. Her investigation leads her to become dangerously involved with a male jihadist online.

Sorry To Bother You

Director: Boots Riley
Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Armie Hammer, Tessa Thompson, Patton Oswalt, Danny Glover

There were great reviews at Sundance for Boots Riley's début, which might be the start of a new career for The Coup rapper. Anything with Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson is worth watching and the film takes place in a dystopian not-too-distant future, where telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success and is propelled into a macabre universe.

Nossa Chape

Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist

The Zimbalist brothers have kept themselves busy since putting this in the can, with another documentary, Momentum Generation, due for release next month and work started on their first fiction film. This documentary tracks the rebuilding of the Chapecoense football club in Brazil after an airplane carrying the team crashed on November 28th, 2016, leaving all but three of the players dead.

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