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For the second week of “Road to SXSW 2022”, we at Silver Linings Reviews are taking a peek at the various leading female performances that have the potential to breakout at this year’s festival. While the roles themselves vary from the introspective to the bombastic, attendees will likely be buzzing about these budding acting talents all the same.
The Unknown Country
Director/Screenwriter: Morrisa Maltz, Producers: Laura Heberton, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, Katherine Harper, Vanara Taing, Tommy Heitkamp
Cast List: Lily Gladstone, Raymond Lee, Richard Ray Whitman, Lainey Bearkiller Shangreaux, Devin Shangreaux, Jasmine “Jazzy” Bearkiller Shangreaux, Pam Richter, Dale Leander Toller, Florence R. Perrin, Teresa Boyd
Synopsis: An unexpected invitation launches a grieving young woman on a solitary road trip through the American Midwest as she struggles to reconcile the losses of her past with the dreams of her future. (World Premiere)
Why We’re Excited: Lily Gladstone has worked in the film industry for nearly a decade, but 2022 is poised to be the year that she is finally recognized as a magnificent actress. While she won’t arrive into superstardom until this fall as the lead performance in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, Gladstone is poised to impress in The Unknown Country, a film that sounds like it would fit perfectly into Chloe Zhao’s American West trilogy (Songs My Brothers Taught Me, The Rider, Nomadland). After director Morrisa Maltz’s acclaimed 2018 introspective documentary, Ingrid, Maltz also has ample potential to break out with this film, her narrative directorial debut.
When to Watch:
- Mar. 13, 3:00pm @ Stateside Theatre
- Mar. 14, 9am @ SXSW Online
- Mar. 15, 8:45pm @ Alamo Lamar A
- Mar. 17, 9:00pm @ AFS Cinema (Satellite Venue)
Bodies Bodies Bodies
Director: Halina Reijn, Screenwriters: Kristen Roupenian, Sarah Delappe, Chloe Okuno, Joshua Sharp, Aaron Jackson, Producers: David Hinojosa, Ali Herting, Lara Costa-Calzado, Tatiana Bears
Cast List: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Pete Davidson, Rachel Sennott, Myha’la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, Lee Pace
Synopsis: When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game turns deadly in this fresh and funny look at backstabbing, fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong. (World Premiere)
Why We’re Excited: Bodies Bodies Bodies has not one, but THREE up-and-coming actresses that could be further pushed into the cultural lexicon with this darkly comedic horror film. Maria Bakalova and Rachel Sennott will follow up their widely acclaimed lead performances in Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm and Shiva Baby respectively, while Amandla Stenberg will prove once again that she’s one of the first-rate young actresses that hasn’t received her proper due yet. Throw in the wild Pete Davidson and director Halina Reijn’s latest is sure to bring audiences to their feet in the Paramount Theatre.
When to Watch:
- Mar 14, 7:30pm @ Paramount Theatre
Director/Screenwriter: Mariama Diallo, Producers: Joshua Astrachan, Brad Becker-Parton, Andrea Roa
Cast List: Regina Hall, Zoe Renee, Talia Ryder, Talia Balsam, Amber Gray
Synopsis: Three women strive to find their place at an elite New England university. As the insidious specter of racism haunts the campus in increasingly supernatural fashion, each fights for survival in this space of privilege. (Texas Premiere)
Why We’re Excited: Coming off of a plethora of favorable reviews from its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Master is in a perfect position to launch leading lady, Zoe Renee, into a prosperous acting talent. In Oli Welsh’s review of Master for Polygon, he writes: “As Jasmine, Zoe Renee gives Master its naked emotional center.” Additionally, Regina Hall (one of the newly announced hosts of this year’s Oscars) seeks to follow up her revered role in Support the Girls in this film as a well-regarded faculty member and the titular Master. If you missed out on its world debut back in January, you definitely don’t want to miss Master this time around.
When to Watch:
- Mar. 14, 2:30pm @ ZACH Theatre
- Mar. 15, 9am @ SXSW Online
- Mar. 16, 5:15pm @ Stateside Theatre
- Mar. 19, 9:15pm @ Alamo Lamar B
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