Thursday the Austin Film Festival unveiled its 2021 lineup, featuring 26 world, North American and American premieres, featuring Oscar nominee Peter Hedges The same storm like his opening night movie.

Feature film examining the uproar of the Covid-19 pandemic features a stacked cast, starring Noma Dumezweni, Mary-Louise Parker, Sandra Oh, Elaine May, Raúl Castillo, Ato Blankson-Wood, Corey Michael Smith, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston and Alison Pill among her ensemble.

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Other top titles to watch for during the 28th edition of the festival, which runs October 21-28, include Wes Anderson The French dispatch, the last photo A24 of Mike Mills go! Go on, directed by Joaquin Phoenix, Joanna Hogg’s The Remembrance Part II, with Honor Swinton Byrne, Tilda Swinton and more, and festival favorite Neon by Joachim Trier The worst person in the world.

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Spencer King Dark Star Pictures Title It’s time will premiere alongside Gabriele Fabbro’s Covid-era thriller The Grand Bolero, Rachel Lambert I can feel you walking, The time of the fireflies, Torao and other films. Writer-director Chung-ryoul Lee’s Cicada is one of the titles that will make their US premiere.

The lineup for the festival’s Writer’s Conference was also unveiled today, which will host conversations with Oscar nominee Will Berson (Judas and the Black Messiah) Easttown mare creator Brad Ingelsby, Westworld co-creator and Reminiscence writer-director Lisa Joy, and Linda Yvette Chavez, co-creator of the Netflix comedy series Gentified. This year, the festival will also present the first writing track for video games, in the presence of creators Susan O’Connor, Lucas Loredo, Evan Narcisse, Erin Firestine, Donald Harris and Frank Barbiere.

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This week, Animation is a movie also got lineup, with 12 features competing.

The fourth edition of the venerable LA festival (and the first since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic) will open on October 22, with a screening of Patrick Imbert’s Netflix photo The Summit of the Gods, based on the manga by Jirô Taniguchi and Baku Yumemakura.

Oscar nominee Mamoru Hosoda’s GKID title Beautiful will be his Centerpiece film, with Neon’s To flee closing it on October 24. This latest documentary-animation hybrid, from director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, won the World Cinema Documentary Festival Grand Jury Prize at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, and is making its West Coast premiere here.


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Other titles on the festival’s lineup include Florence Miailhe The passage, Masahi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji King of the deer, Ayumu Watanabe Fortune favors Lady Nikuko, Haipeng Sun I am what I am, that of Aurel Josep, German Acuña Nahuel and the magic book, by Takayuki Hirao Pompo the cinephile, Yusuke Hirota Chimney Town Doll and that of Ari Folman Where is Anne Frank.

In his return to Hollywood in person TCL Chinese 6 theaters, the AIF will also offer abbackstage presentation centered on Walt Disney Animation Encanto, and a special screening by Kenji Nagasaki My Hero Academia: Mission of the Heroes of the World, as well as the third annual “Best of Annecy: Spotlight on Women Directors” showcase, highlighting the best animated short films directed by women in 2021.

The festival, founded by GKIDS and the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, also unveiled a program titled Studio on the Big Screen, which will offer a theatrical release to major animation titles refused during the pandemic, including that of ‘Enrico Casaro. Luca (Pixar), Kirk DeMicco and the Sony feature film by Brandon Jeffords Vivo, Sony Pictures and The Mitchells vs the Machines from Netflix, directed by Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe, and more.

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