NEW FILM ADDITIONS INCLUDE
FRANCOPHRENIA WITH JAMES FRANCO IN ATTENDANCE
HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, WHOLE LOTTA SOLE, AND DEADFALL
AUSTIN, TX (October 9, 2012) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) is excited to announce Closing Night Film JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR with writer/director/actor Billy Bob Thornton in attendance on October 25th.
Set in 1969 Alabama, JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR is a rich, heartfelt drama about two clashing families brought together by the death of a woman who was married first to the Alabaman Jim Caldwell and then to the British Kingsley Bedford. The result is a culture clash of the Sixties, and of the Old World versus the Old South. Directed by Billy Bob Thornton and written by Thornton and Tom Epperson, the film stars Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, John, Hurt, Robert Patrick, and Thornton.
AFF’s Opening Night feature is David Chase’s NOT FADE AWAY on October 18th with Chase in attendance. This year’s Centerpiece film is Robert Zemeckis’ FLIGHT starring Denzel Washington. Other recently added films to the AFF lineup include FRANCOPHRENIA, comprised of footage from James Franco’s appearances on “General Hospital,” with Franco in attendance at the screening. HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, WHOLE LOTTA SOLE, and DEADFALL are also new additions to the schedule. To view the full film schedule, go here.
James Franco in attendance
Writers: Ian Olds, Paul Felten
Directors: Ian Olds, James Franco
With: James Franco, Kalup Linzy, Owen Renfroe, Steve Burton, Dominic Zamprogna, Julie Berman
This wholly unique documentary follows James Franco’s time on the set of General Hospital, utilizing a thrilling experimental style to focus on Franco’s experiences as an established movie star joining a long-running soap opera and as “Franco,” the performance artist he portrayed on the show. Franco in attendance.
HYDE PARK ON HUDSON
Writer: Richard Nelson
Director: Roger Michell
Cast: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, Samuel West, Olivia Colman
In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Williams) host the King and Queen of England for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York – the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking for FDR’s support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one.
WHOLE LOTTA SOLE
Writers: Terry George, Thomas Gallagher
Director: Terry George
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Colm Meaney, and David O’Hara
This latest film from writer/director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda, In the Name of the Father, The Boxer, Reservation Road), is a charming Irish crime caper starring Brendan Fraser as an unwitting hostage caught up in the schemes of a hapless criminal. Featuring a delightful group of character actors, including Colm Meaney and David O’Hara.
Writer: Zach Dean
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Cast: Eric Bana, Charlie Hunnam, Olivia Wilde, Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek, Kate Mara
Siblings Addison (Bana) and Liza (Wilde) are on the run from a casino heist gone wrong. When a car accident leaves their wheel man and a state trooper dead, they split up and make a run for the Canadian border in the worst of circumstances – a near whiteout blizzard.
The 19th annual Austin Film Festival October 18-25th will host over 180 film screenings and the Conference lineup features over 100 panelists participating in 90 plus panels and roundtable discussions. The film lineup includes Marquee Screenings; the new Guest Programmers series, featuring films selected and presented by panelists and filmmakers like Paul Feig, Phil Rosenthal, and Chris Carter; Comedy Vanguard; Dark Matters; Family Films; Passport to Africa, comprised of four documentary stories about this endlessly fascinating continent; and Texas Independents, a showcase for Texas filmmakers. Attendance of special guests and speakers is schedule permitting and subject to change without notice.