Joss Whedon's 'The Cabin in the Woods' to premiere at SXSW
"The Cabin in the Woods," a horror movie produced and co-written by Joss Whedon and directed by "Cloverfield" screenwriter Drew Goddard, will have its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival's opening night March 9, festival organizers announced Wednesday.
About a group of friends (Chris Hemsworth, Jessie Williams, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz and Kristen Connolly) who decamp to a remote cabin for a weekend of excess, "The Cabin in the Woods" continues SXSW's historic focus on genre movies. In addition to premiering the film, Whedon will participate in a conversation at the festival March 10.
SXSW also announced that it will premiere the first three episodes of Lena Dunham's new HBO series "Girls," and Dunham and executive producer Judd Apatow will participate in a panel March 13. For Dunham, it will be a return to the festival that launched her career -- Dunham's indie comedy "Tiny Furniture" premiered at SXSW in 2010.
Additional films announced include Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley documentary, "Marley"; Jonas Akerlund's black comedy "Small Apartments"; "Beauty is Embarrassing," a documentary about artist Wayne White; "Citadel," a psychological horror film from Irish director Ciaran Foy; and a special presentation of the 1919 Ernst Lubitsch silent film "The Oyster Princess," with an original live score performed by the instrumental quintet Bee vs. Moth.
The complete festival lineup will be announced in early February. More information about the lineup so far is available at SXSW.com/film. The 19th annual South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival will take place from March 9-17 in Austin, Texas.
Photo: Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Holden (Jesse Williams), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz) and Dana (Kristen Connolly) in "The Cabin in the Woods" Credit: Diyah Pera