The Great SXSW 2010 Preview Dump: Festival Favorites, Part 3

A lot of quality rounds out the section seeking to capture the best of the fests. Winter’s Bone has already attracted garlands from Sundance and could become a film of the year. Then there’s Harmony Korine’s latest atrocity Trash Humpers. The real gem, though, may well be Det røde kapel, whose trailer implies it could be the looniest caper ever set in North Korea. Skip seeing that lousy R&B band and add these to your checklist. Click on the titles for trailers where available.

Read our SXSW Headliners Preview.
Read the first part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.
Read the second part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.
Read our SXSW Narrative Features Competition preview.
Read our SXSW Documentary Features Competition preview.
Read the first part our SXSW Emerging Visions preview.
Read the second part our SXSW Emerging Visions preview.
Read our SXSW Lone Star States preview.
Read our SXSW 24 Beats Per Second preview.
Read our SXSW SW Global preview.
Read the first part of our SXSW Festival Favorites preview.
Read the second part of our SXSW Festival Favorites preview.
Read our SXSW Preview: Headliners here.
Read our SXSW 2010 Preview: Spotlight Premieres, Part 1 here.
Read our SXSW 2010 Preview: Spotlight Premieres, Part 2 here.

The Oath

My Country, My Country director Laura Poitras’ new doc reaches SXSW after hitting Sundance and Berlin. Poitras has taken a ride Osama bin Laden’s chauffeur and his brother-in-law. Both were former members of al Qaeda who ended up taking very different turns. In probing their choices, Poitras digs up the roots of fanaticism and hints at a future that lies beyond suicide bombings and online beheadings.

Det røde kapel (The Red Chapel)

Simon Jul Jorgensen and Jacob Nossell wanted to visit North Korea to perform their revue The Red Chapel. They invited director Mads Brügger along. He took a camera. What follows seems hardly believable, not least because one of the Korean-born comics is a spastic and everyone might be insane. Having seen the trailer, one YouTube commentator begs the question, “How did they get out alive?”

The Taqwacores

Michael Muhammad Knight’s self-published 2002 novel about punk rocking Muslims inadvertently birthed a movement chronicled elsewhere at SXSW in the documentary Taqwacore. This adaptation uses a naïve engineering student who moves into a Taqwacore household as our guide. He learns that worshipping Allah is no impediment to alternative lifestyles, bad music and all the clichéd sins that flesh is heir to.

Tony

Film gives audiences a wonderful opportunity to spend a few hours in the company of psychopathic scumbags that we’d cross several busy freeways to avoid in real life. (Breath) Peter Ferdinando plays the latest, a welfare dauphin who kills the hours with action film DVDs. It’s an existence that, when he runs afoul of the local villains in Gerard Johnson’s film, is certain to lead to a bit of the old ultraviolence.

Trash Humpers

Harmony Korine wrote the book on outsider filmmaking. Unfortunately, he then lost it for a few years. The onetime enfant tewwible’s fourth directorial promises to be about elderly peeping toms. That’s likely to be the tip of an iceberg composed equally of Cheetos, urban hillbillies, and people making donkey noises. With Nashville “character” Dave Cloud, star of Korine’s Budweiser advertising campaign.

Waking Sleeping Beauty

Bringing a welcome note of commercialism to SXSW is this Disney-approved look at the studio’s animated revival during the 1980s and 1990s. Charged with juicing the onetime animation powerhouse’s profile, an assortment of dreamers that included John Lasseter, Tim Burton, and Jeffrey Katzenberg knuckled down to give us classics like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. Resist if you dare.

Winter’s Bone

This Ozarks noir from director Debra Granik is emerging as 2010’s big festival hit, having already won a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell, Bone tells the story of a teenager searching of her meth lab-running, bail-skipping father. It’s a snowy trek that leads her to cross paths with the local criminal fraternity, who don’t take kindly to anything that might upset their livelihood.

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