Austin’s SXSW2020: SNL’s Pete Davidson ‘The King of Staten Island’

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South by Southwest (SXSW) announced the features, episodic premieres, and Opening Night Film for their 27th edition of the SXSW Film Festival, running March 13-21, 2020 in Austin, Texas.

Every year, the acclaimed program draws thousands of fans, filmmakers, press, and industry leaders to immerse themselves in the most innovative, smart, and entertaining new films of the year.

The 102 features and episodics in this release will be shown across nine days of SXSW, with dozens of additional titles to be announced February 5. The complete SXSW Film Festival program typically includes more than 250 total projects. The 2020 program was selected from 2,316 feature-length film submissions, with a total of 8,362 films submitted this year.


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Judd Apatow has consistently provided transcendent, exhilarating experiences at SXSW, starting with Knocked Up, then BridesmaidsTrainwreckGirlsThe Big Sick, and his documentary May it Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “This March, it’s our particular privilege to present his funny and deeply moving new feature — his first in five years as a director — The King of Staten Island, starring Pete Davidson leading a great ensemble, as our Opening Night Film.”

Feature highlights includeThe King of Staten Island directed by Judd ApatowBad Trip directed by Kitao SakuraiThe Lovebirds directed by Michael ShowalterIn & Of Itself directed by Frank OzThe 24th directed by Kevin WillmottShe Dies Tomorrow directed by Amy SeimetzZappa directed by Alex WinterCritical Thinking directed by John LeguizamoClerk directed by Malcolm IngramA Secret Love directed by Chris BolanThe Show directed by Mitch JenkinsI Used to Go Here directed by Kris ReyUncorked directed by Prentice PennyBiography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne directed by R. Greg JohnstonWe Are The Thousand directed by Anita Rivaroli; and You Cannot Kill David Arquette directed by David Darg and Price James.

Episodic highlights includeCentral Park (showrunner: Loren Bouchard); Chad (showrunner: Nasim Pedrad); Outcry (showrunner: Pat Kondelis); Snowpiercer (showrunner: Graeme Manson); and Upload (showrunner: Greg Daniels).

Films screening in Festival FavoritesMidnightersShortsVirtual CinemaEpisodic Pilot CompetitionTitle Design CompetitionMusic VideosSpecial Events and late-breaking Features will be announced on February 5. All categories, with the exception of Special Events, will be eligible for section-specific Audience Awards.

Explore the list of newly announced films by screening sectionsNarrative Feature CompetitionDocumentary Feature CompetitionHeadlinersNarrative SpotlightDocumentary SpotlightVisionsEpisodic Premieres24 Beats Per Second, and Global.

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