Austin Film Festival Unveils Complete Lineup, Including 'Widows' and 'Ben Is Back' (Exclusive)

Viola Davis in 'Widows'

The slate also includes the Toronto International Film Festival's People's Choice winner 'Green Book,' Paul Dano's 'Wildlife' and more.

The full lineup for the 25th annual Austin Film Festival has been revealed, and it includes Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn's action thriller Widows and Peter Farrelly's dramedy (and recent winner of the Toronto International Film Festival's coveted Grolsch People's Choice Award) Green Book, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen.

AFF’s feature film slate includes 23 world, North American and U.S. premieres, a retrospective series and several marquee titles, including Mike Leigh’s period film Peterloo, Paul Dano’s Wildlife starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, and the Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges family drama Ben Is Back bowing as AFF’s Centerpiece selection, with writer and director Peter Hedges in attendance.

The festival also announced its 2018 television program, which includes a special preview screening of the season two premiere episode of Netflix’s half-hour comedy Friends From College. Creators Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller will present.

Series creator Justin Marks and executive producer Jordan Horowitz will also be on hand at the festival to introduce the season two premiere of their espionage thriller Counterpart, which stars J.K. Simmons. AFF will also showcase independent original series as part of its Scripted Digital Series competition.

The festival, which runs Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, also announced its full Writers Conference schedule, which can be viewed at the festival's website.

The full slate is as follows:

Marquee Features

And Breathe Normally
Writer/Director: Isold Uggadottir

Ben Is Back
Writer/Director: Peter Hedges

Boy Erased
Writer/Director: Joel Edgerton

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Writers: Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty
Director: Marielle Heller

El Chicano
Writers: Ben Hernandez Bray, Joe Carnahan
Director: Ben Hernandez Bray

Everybody Knows
Writer/Director: Asghar Farhadi

The Favourite
Writers: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

The Front Runner
Writers: Matt Bai, Jay Carson, Jason Reitman
Director: Jason Reitman

Fullsterkur
Director: Todd Sansom

Green Book
Writers: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
Director: Peter Farrelly

Happy as Lazarro
Writer/Director: Alice Rohrwacher

Little Woods
Writer/Director: Nia DaCosta

The Long Dumb Road
Writers: Hannah Fidell, Carson Mell
Director: Hannah Fidell

Peterloo
Writer/Director: Mike Leigh

Shoplifters
Writer/Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

Tiger
Writers: Michael Pugliese, Prem Singh
Director: Alister Grierson

Widows
Writers: Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen
Director: Steve McQueen

Wildlife
Writers: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan
Director: Paul Dano

Worlds of Ursula K. LeGuin
Writer/Director: Arwen Curry

Marquee Televison

Counterpart Season 2, Episode 1 Premiere
Creator: Justin Marks
Executive Producer: Jordan Horowitz

Friends From College Season 2, Episode 1 Premiere
Creators: Francesca Delbanco, Nicholas Stoller

Narrative Features

Above the Clouds
Writer: Simon Lord
Director: Leon Chambers

Clara
Writers: Akash Sherman, James Ewasiuk
Director: Akash Sherman

The Comet
Writer: Torben Bech
Director: Bard Rossevold

Delia & Sammy
Writer/ Director: Therese Cayaba

Fishbowl
Writers: Stephen Kinigopoulos, Piero Iberti
Director: Stephen Kinigopoulos, Alexa Kinigopoulos

Last Summer
Writer/Director: Jon Jones

Laugh or Die
Writers: Heikki Kujanpaa, Mikko Reitala
Director: Heikki Kujnapaa

Love Goes Through Your Mind
Writers: Shruti Swaminathan, Ronak Shah
Director: Ronak Shah

Major Arcana
Writer/Director: Josh Melrod

Speaking in Tongues
Writers: Nathan Deming, Lawrie Doran
Director: Nathan Deming

Undercliffe
Writer: Bruce McLeod
Director: Lisa Mulcahy

Comedy Vanguard Features

Antiquities
Writers: Daniel Campbell, Graham Gordy
Director: Daniel Campbell

The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova
Writer: Michael Whatling
Director: Zack Bernbaum

In Reality
Writers: Ann Lupo, Esteban Pedraza, Aaron Pryka
Director: Ann Lupo

Lost & Found
Writer/Director: Liam O Mochain

Original Sin (Pecado Original)
Writers: Jean Lee, Maia Nikiphoroff
Director: Jean Lee

Simple Wedding
Writers: Sara Zandieh, Stephanie Wu
Director: Sara Zandieh

Dark Matters Features

Alive.
Writers: Jules Vincent, Chuck McCue
Director: Rob Grant

The Amaranth
Writer: Eileen Shields
Director: Albert Chi

Beyond the Night
Writer/Director: Jason Noto

The Black String
Writers: Brian Hanson, Richard Handley
Director: Brian Hanson

The Dark Red
Writers: Dan Bush, Conal Byrne
Director: Dan Bush

Empathy, Inc.
Writer: Mark Leidner
Director: Yedidya Gorsetman

Ghost Light
Writer: John Stimpson, Geoffrey Taylor
Director: John Stimpson

The Lake Vampire
Writer/Director: Carl Zitelmann

Documentary Feature

A Girl Named C
Director: Emily Kassie

Care to Laugh
Director: Julie Getz

F/11 and Be There
Director: Jethro Waters

Fathers of Football
Director: Bradley Beesley

For the Birds
Director: Richard Miron

Ghosthunter
Director: Ben Lawrence

The Interpreters
Directors: Andres Caballero, Sofian Khan

Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story
Writers: Jon Strong, Ted Haddock, John King, Mike Quinn Jr.
Director: Jon Strong

The Money Stone
Director: Stuart Harmon

Surviving Bokator
Writers: Mark Bochsler, Kevin Schjerning, Fernanda Rossi
Director: Mark Bochsler

Turning Point
Director: James Keach

Texas Independent Features

Also Starring Austin
Writer: Mike Blizzard, Laura Colwell, Lara Morgan
Director: Mike Blizzard

The Iron Orchard
Writer: Gerry De Leon
Director: Ty Roberts

Jules of Light and Dark
Writer/Director: Daniel Laabs

Texas Cotton
Writers: Tyler Russell, Jameel Khaja
Director: Tyler Russell

Waiting for the Miracle to Come
Writer/Director: Lian Lunson