SXSW: Terrence Malick's 'Song to Song' to World Premiere as Opening Night Film

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'Song to Song'

The festival also will premiere the new Neil Gaiman Starz series, 'American Gods.'

Terrence Malick's Song to Song has been selected to open this year's South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, which is set to run March 10-19 in Austin, Texas. It will mark the film's world premiere.

Song to Song is set amid the Austin music scene and stars Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman.

"Terrence Malick is a world-class, revered cinematic poet. His work is a treasure trove of talented actors and vision. Set in the Austin music scene, Song to Song couldn't be a more perfect opening night film for SXSW," Janet Pierson, the fest's director of film, said Thursday in a statement.

The festival also revealed several other titles that will be showcased during the event: Eshom and Ian Nelms' action thriller Small Town Crime; Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen's Spettacolo, a portrait of a tiny hill town in Tuscany; Jennifer Reeder's coming-of-age Muslim melodrama Signature Move, starring Fawzia Mirza; and Rene Perez Joglar's chronicle of his global exploration of his genetic roots in Residente.

Additionally, the fest's Episodic section will feature the world premiere of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, directed by David Slade, which will begin airing on Starz in April. Also appearing in SXSW Film's new VR/AR sidebar is Viacom NEXT's The Melody of Dust.

The complete film festival lineup will be announced Jan. 31, with the exception of Midnighter features, which will be revealed with the Short Film and VR Program on Feb. 7.