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For the first week of “Road to SXSW 2022”, we at Silver Linings Reviews decided to shine a spotlight on three very different features; a slightly humorous thriller, a broad comedy, and an exciting hybrid feature. These three titles represent the truly eclectic nature of the SXSW programming team, providing just a snapshot of the what one can expect in Austin this March.
The Blind Man Who Did Not Want To See Titanic (Finland)
Director/Screenwriter: Teemu Nikki, Producers: Jani Pösö, Teemu Nikki.
Cast List: Petri Poikolainen, Marjaana Maijala, Samuli Jaskio, Rami Rusinen, Hannamaija Nikander, Matti Onnismaa
Synopsis: An intense movie, shot from a blind man’s perspective. An atypical action/thriller film about a man who has to go through hell to reach his loved one. (North American Premiere)
Why We’re Excited: From the get go, The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic stands out in the SXSW lineup thanks to a wholly original title. Writer/Director Teemu Nikki’s latest genre foray is more than just a great title though. The film has been celebrated for its nuanced tonal balance and an outstanding leading turn by Petri Poikolainen ever since it premiered in the Orizzonti Extra section at last year’s Venice Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Audience Award. Additionally, as Nikki shot the film from the perspective of a blind man, this has the opportunity to be an immersive sensory experience on par with Sound of Metal or The Father.
When to Watch:
- Mar. 12, 5:30pm @ Alamo Lamar C
- Mar. 13, 9am @ Online
- Mar. 15, 6:15pm @ Violet Crown Cinema 2
- Mar. 15, 6:45pm @ Violet Crown Cinema 4
I Love My Dad
Director/Screenwriter: James Morosini, Producers: Bill Stertz, Patton Oswalt, Sean O’Grady, Dane Eckerle, Phil Keefe, Daniel Brandt, Sam Slater.
Cast List: Patton Oswalt, James Morosini, Claudia Sulewski, Rachel Dratch, Ricky Velez, Lil Rel Howery, Amy Landecker
Synopsis: A hopelessly estranged father catfishes his son in an attempt to reconnect. Inspired by a true story. Like, this literally happened to me. (World Premiere)
Why We’re Excited: While I Love My Dad may only be writer/director James Morosini’s sophomore feature, he has assembled all-star comedic cast, including Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens, Young Adult), Amy Landecker (Transparent, Your Honor), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Free Guy), and Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live). In addition to the cast, I Love My Dad’s catfishing premise seems like the perfect film to watch with a packed audience as laughter bellows in the Alamo Lamar.
When to Watch:
- Mar 12, 1:30pm @ Alamo Lamar D,
- Mar. 13, 9am @ Online,
- Mar. 13, 3:30pm @ Violet Crown Cinema 1
- Mar. 13, 4:00pm Violet Crown Cinema 3
- Mar. 18, 3:45pm @ ZACH Theatre.
Director: Maureen Bharoocha, Screenwriters: Becca Flinn-White, Zak White, Producer: Steven J. Wolfe.
Cast List: Connor Kalopsis, Ramona Young, Rita Moreno, Keith David, Kate Flannery, Meredith Salenger, Johnathan Kimmel, Nathan Janak, Betsy Sodaro, Romel De Silva
Synopsis: Ben, and his slacker friend, Tanner play a prank on their high school physics professor when she fails them on a test. They teach the imperious, demanding instructor a lesson by falsely accusing her of the murder of a missing student on social media. (World Premiere)
Why We’re Excited: After a terrific turn as Valentina in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, Rita Moreno is ready for her big screen comeback. Her role as a hard nose physics teacher who receives the scorn of her students in The Prank seems like a perfect film for Moreno to remind younger audiences about her immense talent. Hopefully, her screen presence will also give a much deserved boost to talented short film director Maureen Bharoocha in her feature directorial debut.
When to Watch:
- Mar. 13, 11:45am @ ZACH Theatre
- Mar. 14, 9am @ SXSW Online
- Mar. 15, 8:30pm @ Alamo Lamar B
- Mar. 17, 2:45pm @ Alamo Lamar E
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