The Austin Film Festival has announced its initial line-up of feature films and some special screenings for the 2013. The roster is highlighted by director Alexander Payne’s "Nebraska." The movie stars Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father and son who set out on a road-trip across the Midwest to collect a financial windfall.
Writing in Variety, Scott Foundas said the movie is, "A wistful ode to small-town Midwestern life and the quixotic dreams of stubborn old men." The "Sideways" director’s "The Descendants" play at the festival in 2011. As part of a special retrospective screening series, Payne’s long-time collaborator Jim Taylor will screen the 1999 comedy "Election," written by Taylor and directed by Payne.
Also included in the early group of films is "Sombras de Azul," the Spanish-language feature debut of Austin writer-director Kelly Daniela Norris. The movie, which makes its world premiere at the festival, re-imagines the filmmaker’s "own experience of bereavement following the death of her brother by weaving together real memory and personal reflection through the sights and sounds of Cuba."
"Coffee, Kill Boss," a darkly comedic take on corporate America from Nathan Marshall, will also make its world premiere. The movie was written by former AFF screenwriting competition semi-finalist Sigurd Ueland. Anat Tel Mendelovich’s documentary, "Mom, Dad, I’m Mulsim," the story of 22 year-old May Davidovich’s attempt to balance her religious beliefs with her parents’ devotion to Judaism, will make its U.S. premiere. Rounding out the list of the 10 initial films are horror film "Innocence;" "The Odd Way Home," starring Rumer Willis; the dark fairytale "Siren;" the improvised film "Speak Now;" and "Take Away One," a documentary about an unsolved murder.
Other films playing in the festival’s retrospective series include "Breaking Bad" creatorandAFF’s 2013 Outstanding Television Writer award recipient Vince Gilligan presenting "The French Connection," Shane Black presenting "My Man Godfrey, " 2013 Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking award recipient Jonathan Demme presenting a work-in-progress screening of his latest, "Fear of Falling," and a screening of "Blazing Saddles" presented by co-writer Norman Steinberg.
The rest of the AFF lineup will be announced in September. The fest takes place October 24-31.