SXSW begins today and some of the best up and coming filmmakers will be debuting their newest works of art at this years festival. Here are five films out of the many that are on my must-see list.1) The East Directed by Zal Batmanglij
I am utterly in love with Brit Marling. If we ever meet, I’m pretty sure she’ll fall in love with me too. She caught my attention in Another Earth and Sound of my Voice, also directed by Batmanglij, and again with Arbitrage. So naturally, The East is on my must see list. Also starring Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgård, Brit plays an intelligence operative that goes undercover to infiltrate an anarchist group thats been attacking major corporations
2) Evil Dead Directed by Fede Alvarez
Like any other young cinephile I’ve been more than wary of the Evil Dead remake. But given that both Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are producing the horror classic and they’re promising to bring more than enough scares, and by the looks of the Red Band trailer, plenty of gore too. The director’s first cut received an NC-17 rating and was trimmed down for an R rating. Check out the pretty horrific trailer below.
3) Spring Breakers Directed by Harmony Korine
If you’ve ever seen a Harmony Korine film you know we’re in for something pretty wild with this years Spring Breakers, following four college girls who find themselves in jail after attempting to rob a restaurant and are bailed out by a drug dealing, cornrowed James Franco to do some dirty work for him. Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez also star.
4) Loves Her Gun Directed by Geoff Marslett
With gun control in the media spotlight we have Loves Her Gun arriving in a perfectly relevant time to examine how one woman’s violent tragedy influences her weapon of choice to feel safe again. Mars director Geoff Marslett takes us to Austin, Texas for a sobering look into America’s gun culture.
5) Swim Little Fish Swim Directed by Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis
I’ve heard little to nothing about this film but given the plot synopsis I’m intrigued. “Surreal and filled with unusual characters, art and magic, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood.” Surreal dreams, art and magic? I’m not sure about the trailer but I guess count me in.FIVE THôT editor and columist Nick Baber is a lover of film, design, futurism, and his cat Boba Fett. Check out his other articles here.