DEADLINE: SXSW Preview + Hot List: Movies With Ewan McGregor, Sydney Sweeney, Karen Gillan, Anthony Mackie & More
March 9, 2023
"Last year, as the industry was looking to lift itself out the pandemic’s purgatory at the box office, SXSW lit the wick on A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once, which wound up dynamiting the 18-34 hipster moviegoer set in what became the highest-grossing indie film of 2022, the best ever for the New York-based distributor, and now a potential Oscar Best Picture winner.
As such, it’s often been said that SXSW has been a place to launch big studio horror titles and comedies before genre-friendly crowds rather than sell them and discover frosh talent; it’s here where eventual Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton first made a big splash with the Brie Larson drama Short Term 12. Still, that slow rhythm has never deterred sellers from utilizing the Austin festival as place to launch fresh talent directly to a zeitgeist demographic, away from the noise of Sundance’s high-brow fare and frenzied streaming marketplace...
Here are some of the hot titles up for sale at SXSW 2023 (all times CT):
BLOODY HELL — Molly McGlynn’s second directorial feature after 2017’s Mary Goes Round (which went to TIFF) is a semi-biographical coming-of-age traumedy that traverses sexuality and womanhood. It centers on 16-year-old Lindy (Maddie Ziegler), who is diagnosed with MRKH syndrome, a reproductive condition, which upends her plans to have sex, and her relationship with her mother (Emily Hampshire) and most importantly herself. Janelle Monáe is an EP here. WME Independent selling. Section: Narrative Spotlight. 1st Screening: March 13, 9 p.m., Stateside Theatre."