The Great SXSW 2010 Preview Dump: SX Fantastic

24 hours, over a hundred films, and that’s just our bloody preview. The madness finally comes to end with this perky sidebar that celebrates SXSW’s onnection with Austin’s other great film festival, September’s Fantastic Fest. The line-up might seem more selective than past years, but the program promises a “special event TBA.” So there’s always that. In the meantime, sate your mind-bending with a honorable assortment of Japanese vampires, porno actors and the usual head-fuckery.

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 the third part of our SXSW Festival Favorites preview.
Read our SXSW Midnighters preview.

Higanjima

Akira’s life has been marked by the prolonged absence of his brother. Then he learns that the boy has been seen on Higanjima Island. There’s a few catches. The island is said to be inhabited by vampires and no one has ever returned from its shores. Of course, that’s never stopped anybody in a Japanese horror film. South Korean filmmaker Tae-gyun Kim (Volcano High) orchestrates this manga adaptation.

Monsters

Sometime in the future, Mexico has been completely quarantined after the crash landing of an infected probe. While the military wage war with the creatures that fell to earth, a journalist and a tourist try to jump the border into the Infected Zone. Writer-director Gareth Edwards’ sci-fi film revisits District 9 territory to make some smart points about immigration amid the flying tentacles.

Outcast

This Oirish romance may literally be away with the faeries. On the one hand, we have a star-crossed romance between a gypsy lassie and an Irish traveler. There’s also a Beast ravaging the countryside that has Petronella and Fergal in its sights. But wait, there’s more. Another pair of travelers and Fergal’s mum are preparing a magical face-off. Writer-director Colm McCarthy tosses a bushel of blarney into the stew.

Srpski Film (Serbian Film)

Serbia and movies about porn stars go together like Russian prostitutes and forged passports. Srdjan Spasojevic’s sure-to-shock shocker takes the Godfather III route, with depleted stud Sergei Trifunovic agreeing to lurch back before the cameras for one last money shot. If you think the fellow’s going to come clean, then you probably also believe this is going to be a family-friendly outing.

Is that all there is? Face it – if you can’t find something to watch in this lot, then you came to the wrong blog. If you’re going to Austin, enjoy yourself. If you’re sitting at home, well there’s always Precious, out now on DVD. Feel free to comment on what you’ve read and bookmark us for all your intermittent film news.

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