Ten days of crazy parties, taco trucks, tech talks, a Vanyaland party, music showcases from every label under the sun, and -- perhaps most importantly in 2017 -- a crazy good film festival, full of world premieres from the biggest studios and esoteric delights from all over the globe in every genre.
We’re super excited to be covering the festival in an expanded role this year, and before we head down to the great city of Austin, we’ve picked a selection of five films from a gargantuan list that stand out to us the most as must-sees. We're excluding SXSW opening night film Song to Song, which we’ve already covered.
For screening times and other information on these five films and everything else showing at SXSW 2017, click here. As we count down the days, let’s get it started, y’all.
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This “fairy tale documentary” is about a small town in Italy that, after suffering immense devastation following World War II, puts on a yearly play about the townspeople and their lives, with each resident playing themselves. While the premise sounds a bit Charlie Kaufman-esque, this film’s from the incredibly talented duo of Jeff Malmberg and Christina Shellen, who made the absolutely stunning Marwencol a few years ago (seriously, if you haven’t seen that documentary, you owe it to yourselves to head over to iTunes and rent it ASAP). Their empathetic and gorgeous storytelling combined with a premise like this makes Spettacolo (Italian for “show”) impossible to miss.