‘Mother!’ director Darren Aronofsky added as SXSW Film keynote

Oct 10, 2017

“Mother!” director Darren Aronofsky is the latest film-track keynote speaker for the 2018 South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, which will take place  March 9-18, 2018.

Darren Aronofsky promotes his film "Mother!" at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival last month. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures Photo: Emma McIntyre/(Credit too long, see caption)

"A provocative, and virtuoso filmmaker, we’re thrilled to host Darren Aronofsky as one of SXSW Film’s 2018 Keynotes,” SXSW Film director Janet Pierson said Tuesday. “He’s been an original since his first independent work, and we know it will be a blast for our passionate SXSW audiences to hear his story.” 

“Mother!” stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Many critics, including our Charles Ealy, praised the allegorical film, though audiences haven’t been quite as enamored with it.

Aronofsky also directed “Black Swan,” “The Wrestler” and “Noah,” among other films, and produced “Jackie.”

He joins previously announced film keynote speaker Barry Jenkins, director of Oscar-winning “Moonlight.”

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Other SXSW speakers announced Tuesday: 

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