Directors' festival faves make the trek to Austin for SXSW


Spike Lee, Sebastian Gutierrez, Kathryn Bigelow and Greg Mottola will be representin' at this year's South by Southwest film festival in Austin.

The 108-film lineup includes an even split of world premieres and films already barnstorming the fest circuit. Lee's documentary "Passing Strange," which premiered at Sundance, will screen during the nine-day fest along with Gutierrez's "Women in Trouble," Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" and Mottola's "Adventureland."

Cary Fukunaga's "Sin Nombre," Duncan Jones' "Moon" and Lynn Shelton's "Humpday" — all recent Sundance screeners — will show at SXSW as well.

Already announced are John Hamburg's "I Love You, Man," which will open the festival, and Jody Hill's "Observe and Report," the fest's centerpiece screening.

The film conference and festival takes place March 13-21.

Eight films will compete for the grand jury prize in the festival's main competition categories: narrative features and documentary features. Among the narrative entrants are "Artois the Goat," directed by Kyle Bogart; "Made in China," directed by Judi Krant; "The Overbrook Brothers," directed by John Bryant; and "True Adolescents," directed by Craig Johnson.

The documentary competition includes "45356," directed by Bill Ross; "Garbage Dreams," directed by Mai Iskander; "Say My Name," directed by Nirit Pered; and "The Way We Get By," directed by Aron Gaudet.

"We couldn't be more delighted with the SXSW 2009 lineup," film conference and festival producer Janet Pierson said.

The program directors chose the lineup from 1,511 feature-length film submissions, including 1,220 from the U.S. (partialdiff)