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Austin Film Festival announces first 10 titles for 2011 fest

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

The Austin Film Festival this week announced its first 10 films for the 2011 festival. Jay and Mark Duplass ("Cyrus") University of Texas graduates and indie darlings on the verge of mainstream success will screen their latest, "Jeff Who Lives at Home." The comedy stars Jason Segel and Ed Helms as brothers struggling to reconcile their sense of self with reality. The local filmmaking scene will be represented by "Beneath the Darkness." The Smithville-shot horror film makes its world premiere at AFF and stars Dennis Quaid as a maniacal psychopath.

The brilliant comedic minds from the Upright Citizens Brigade satirize the dance-musical genre with "Freak Dance," which will make its world premiere in Austin.

Scottish director Lynne Ramsay's "We Need to Talk About Kevin" made a huge splash at Cannes. The family drama, an unusual adaptation of Lionel Shriver's best-selling novel of the same name, stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller.

AFF will dip its toe in the world of 3-D for the first time, with a screening of "Puss in Boots," a spinoff of the "Shrek" franchise starring Antonio Banderas as the swashbuckling cat.

Other titles screening at the festival are the documentary "Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters," zombie film "Harold's Going Stiff," a documentary about educators titled "American Teacher," the Glenn Close-starring drama "Albert Nobbs" and Southern Gothic tale "Restive."

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