SXSW Film 2012 will open on March 9 with the world premiere of screenwriter Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods, produced and co-written by Joss Whedon. Featuring Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Anna Hutchison, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, the film, promises the festival, "takes the horror genre, shakes it down, and smacks it upside the head."
The festival's also thrown six more titles into this first round, all of them world premieres. And they are, with descriptions from Team SXSW:
Neil Berkeley's Beauty Is Embarrassing. "A funny, irreverent and insightful look into the life and times of one of America's most important artists, Wayne White."
Jonas Åkerlund's Small Apartments. "When Franklin Franklin accidentally kills his landlord, he must hide the body; but, the wisdom of his beloved brother and the quirks of his neighbors, force him on a journey where a fortune awaits him." Featuring Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal and James Caan.
Ciarán Foy's Citadel. "An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children." Featuring Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo and Wumni Mosaku.
Lena Dunham's Girls. "Created by and starring Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), the show is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s." Also with Allison Williams and Jemima Kirke.
And finally, one I'll most definitely not be missing: "The Oyster Princess is Ernst Lubitsch’s tart 1919 silent comedy that parodies the rich and the spoiled. Austin jazz/rock band Bee vs Moth performs their original score live with the film for the first time." With Ossi Oswalda, Victor Janson and Julius Falkenstein.