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Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’ to Open 2017 SXSW Film Festival

New film, set in Austin, will have its world premiere on March 10

Terrence Malick‘s “Song to Song” will open the SXSW Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday.

The world premiere is set for March 10.

Other selected titles to premiere at the 2017 event include Eshom and Ian Nelms’ “Small Town Crime,” Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen’s “Spettacolo,” Jennifer Reeder’s Muslim melodrama “Signature Move” and Rene Perez Joglar’s “Residente.”

In the festival’s Episodic section, SXSW will feature the world premiere of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods,” directed by David Slade.

Terrence Malick is a world class revered cinematic poet. His work is a treasure trove of talented actors and vision,” said Janet Pierson, SXSW’s director of film, in a statement. “Set in the Austin music scene, ‘Song to Song’ couldn’t be a more perfect Opening Night film for SXSW. While these titles are just a taste of what SXSW 2017 will offer, they reflect the range of work we are known for, from newcomers and auteurs to pop entertainment in tradition cinema, episodics and now VR.”

Viacom NEXT’s “The Melody of Dust” will be the first of many projects in SXSW Film’s new VR/AR category.

The complete festival film lineup will be announced on Jan. 31 except for the Midnighter features, which will be revealed on Feb. 7. Previously announced Keynotes and Features Speakers include Lee Daniels, Gareth Edwards, Kathryn Hahn, Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Jill Soloway.

SXSW 2017 will take place from March 10 to March 19.

See Thursday’s announced lineup below.

American Gods (World Premiere)

Director: David Slade, Screenwriters/Showrunners: Bryan Fuller, Michael Green

Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel, American Gods follows Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) in a magical world where a battle is brewing between the Old Gods and the New Gods.

The Melody of Dust (World Premiere)

Director: Viacom NEXT

A musical journey for the HTC Vive. Explore a mysterious world where every object contains a unique melody. Featuring original musical compositions by Hot Sugar, this experience brings you inside the tortured mind of a musician.

Residente (World Premiere)

Director: René Pérez Joglar

After taking a DNA test, Latin America’s most decorated artist – Rene Perez (AKA Residente), embarks on a global adventure, to trace the footsteps of his ancestors and record his latest album.

Signature Move (World Premiere)

Director: Jennifer Reeder, Screenwriters: Fawzia Mirza, Lisa Donato

A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother. In this coming-of- age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes by taking up Lucha-style wrestling.

Cast: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez, Audrey Francis, Charin Alvarez, Mark Hood, Molly Brennan

Small Town Crime (World Premiere)

Directors/Screenwriters: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms

Ex-cop, Mike Kendall, finds the body of a young woman and, in an act of self-redemption, becomes hellbent on finding the killer. While his uncouth, quirky detective style helps break the case, his dogged determination puts his family in danger.

Cast: John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr.

Song To Song (World Premiere)

Director: Terrence Malick

In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye and BV, and music mogul Cook and the waitress whom he ensnares — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.

Cast: Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman

Spettacolo (World Premiere)

Directors: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen, Screenwriter: Chris Shellen

For the past 50 years, the villagers of a tiny hill town in Tuscany have turned their lives into a play that the entire town writes and performs. "Spettacolo" is a portrait of this tradition through the eyes of the last man trying to keep it alive.

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