SXSW Film Festival to Include Movies From Issa Rae, Pete Davidson and Tiffany Haddish


The 27th edition of the SXSW Film Festival will feature a romantic caper starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, a documentary about the Beastie Boys directed by Spike Jonze, a “hidden camera” comedy headlined by Tiffany Haddish and an autobiographical studio vehicle from Pete Davidson.

Thousands of moviegoers will flock to Austin, Texas, starting on March 13 for the annual gathering, which is a launching pad for major summer — or spring — studio releases, as well as smaller independent films and buzzy TV shows.

“King of Staten Island,” which stars Davidson, will open the fest. The movie is directed by Judd Apatow, who is no stranger to SXSW, having brought many of his hit projects — from “Knocked Up” to “Bridesmaids” — to screen first at SXSW.

Other high-profile titles that will premiere in Austin include “The Lovebirds,” a comedy from Michael Showalter, with Rae and Nanjiani trying to solve a murder mystery; “Bad Trip,” a “hidden camera” comedy co-starring Haddish; “Critical Thinking,” a drama directed by and starring John Leguizamo; and the upcoming “Snowpiercer” TV series, starring Jennifer Connelly and based on Bong Joon Ho’s movie.

Some 102 movies and TV series are included in the initial lineup announcement for SXSW 2020. There were 2,316 feature films submitted for this year’s program.

“Every year we pore through thousands of submissions searching for the best films to present to the SXSW audience,” said Janet Pierson, the festival’s director. “We are astounded by the talent at every level, from the emerging micro-budget artist to those at the peak of their careers, and can’t wait to share their risk-taking, passion and achievements in March.”