SXSW 2021: Five movies that we are excited to see!

ArtHouseFilmWire is going to SXSW 2021, virtually, of course.  Yes, despite COVID-19, this world famous film festival is on from March 16 – 20.  Rather than opening up Austin movie screens, SXSW is opening up its online screening app, so we can all watch features, docs, shorts, and Q&A sessions from home.

The festival is not just open to movie critics, industry types, and publicists.  It’s open to the general public as well, and it’s not too late to sign up!   It’s an expensive ticket, and currently $399 for an all-access pass to dozens of movies.

PLEASE NOTE:  Many, if not all of the movies are only available in the United States, so we only recommend the pass for folks in the U.S., which is a bummer for our international friends.

Here’s the link for all information:

We’re excited about plenty of films, and here are Top 5, along with the synopses provided by SXSW.

“Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil” (Category:  Headliner) – A powerful YouTube Originals documentary event, exploring every aspect that led to Lovato’s nearly fatal overdose in 2018, and her awakenings in the aftermath.  (NOTE:  This film is sold out and no longer available.)

“The Drover’s Wife, The Legend of Molly Johnson” (Category:  Narrative spotlight) – A reimagining of Leah Purcell’s acclaimed play and Henry Lawson’s classic short story. A searing Australian western thriller asking the question: how far do you go to protect your loved ones?

“The Feast” (Category:  Midnighters) – Over an evening a wealthy family gathers for a sumptuous dinner with guests in their ostentatious house in the Welsh mountains.Served by a mysteriously disturbing young woman,the assembled party do not realise they are about to eat their last supper.

“Here Before” (Category:  Narrative competition feature) After new neighbours move in next door, a bereaved mother begins to question her reality in this unsettling psychological thriller.

“In the Same Breath” (Category:  Festival favorites) – Recounts the origin and spread of the novel coronavirus from the earliest days of the outbreak in Wuhan to its rampage across the United States.


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