"The Green Knight," a retelling of a legendary medieval story, will makes its world premiere at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival.


The film, starring Dev Patel and directed/adapted for the screen by David Lowery, will screen at 5:30 p.m March 16 at the Paramount Theatre, festival organizers announced Monday.


Based on Arthurian legend, "The Green Knight" tells the tale of Sir Gawain (Patel), King Arthur's reckless nephew, who embarks on a quest to confront the titular Green Knight, a gigantic, emerald-skinned stranger.


The A24 film will open theatrically on May 29, and also stars Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Barry Keoghan and Ralph Ineson.


"We are thrilled to world premiere ‘The Green Knight’ at SXSW," said Janet Pierson, SXSW’s director of film. "David Lowery is a singular artist with a filmmaking vision that’s both epic and intimate."


Lowery’s history with the SXSW started in 2005, when he attended with the short "Deadroom," which he edited. In 2009, SXSW premiered his first feature, "St. Nick." The following year, Lowery created all of SXSW’s film festival bumpers, and in 2011, his film "Pioneer" won best narrative short. Lowrey has directed, produced, edited and/or served as director of photography for 15 films over the course of his career, including 2017’s "A Ghost Story."


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