SXSW Announces Inital Slate of Films, Will Open with Chris Hemsworth in Joss Whedon's 'Cabin in the Woods'

The Joss Whedon-co-scripted, Drew Goddard-directed The Cabin in the Woods has had a long road to release, however, unlike most films that sit on a distributor's shelf collecting dust for years, this isn't a case of a movie not being good enough for the big screen. Lionsgate has finally rescued the film from MGM's unfortunate financial woes and the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, TX has selected it as its opening night film. Wisely so, we might add.

We happened to catch the film at BNAT13 and have seen firsthand how it reduces seasoned film geeks to raucous puddles of genre-loving glee. Trust us when we say the official world premiere of this film, which stars Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, is not to be missed and we guarantee its twist on the traditional horror movie formula is going to shake the pillars of the Paramount theater by the time the credits roll on March 10th, 2012.

Cabin in the Woods isn't the only title SXSW has to share today, either. Their full lineup will be announced in the weeks to come, but today they've announced the world premiere of the first three episodes of Girls, the HBO series created by SXSW veterans Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) and producer Judd Apatow. Additionally, the fest has announced a handful of documentaries and other gems from around the world. They include:

Beauty is Embarrassing (World Premiere)

Director: Neil Berkeley

A funny, irreverent and insightful look into the life and times of one of America's most important artists, Wayne White.

The Cabin in the Woods (World Premiere)

Director: Drew Goddard, Writers: Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard

Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out. Cast: Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford

CITADEL (World Premiere)

Director & Writer: Ciarán Foy

An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children. Cast: Anuerin Barnard, James Cosmo, and Wumni Mosaku, Jake Wilson, Amy Shiels

GIRLS (World Premiere)

Director & Writer: Lena Dunham

Created by and starring Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), the HBO show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Cast: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver

MARLEY (North American Premiere)

Director: Kevin Macdonald

The definitive documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley.

The Oyster Princess (1919) with original live score by Bee vs. Moth (World Premiere)

Director: Ernst Lubitsch, Writers: Hanns Kraly & Ernst Lubitsch

The Oyster Princess is Ernst Lubitsch’s tart 1919 silent comedy that parodies the rich and the spoiled. Austin jazz/rock band Bee vs. Moth performs their original score live with the film for the first time.

Small Apartments (World Premiere)

Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Writer: Chris Millis

When Franklin Franklin accidentally kills his landlord, he must hide the body; but, the wisdom of his beloved brother and the quirks of his neighbors, force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him. Cast: Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, James Caan, Johnny Knoxville, Juno Temple, James Marsden, Dolph Lundgren, Saffron Burrows, Rosie Perez, DJ Qualls

In addition to nine full days of film screenings, SXSW Film will ultimately feature over 100 informative and entertaining panels, workshops, mini-meetings and mentor sessions. Previously announced panels include a Conversation with Cliff Martinez, Drive composer, and The Business of Kevin Smith among others. For details on these confirmed sessions, visit www.sxsw.com/film/talks. The complete list of panels will be announced closer to the event.

Register for a Film, Gold or Platinum Badge today at www.sxsw.com/attend, and enjoy unparalleled access to these energetic panels, exceptional films, exciting parties, the SXSW Trade Show and, of course, the inspirational experience that only SXSW can deliver. Register by January 13 and save up to 20% off the walk-up rate.

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