South by Southwest Film Festival is known for its mumblecore, raunchy comedies, unique horror films—and in recent years, large world premieres. Here are ten of our favorite movies that premiered at SXSW, including “Bridesmaids,” “The Hurt Locker” and “Knocked Up,” that have gone on to launch careers and interesting collaborations.
I saw BEESWAX last night. It is director/writer Andrew Bujalski’s third feature after FUNNY HA HA and MUTUAL APPRECIATION. The plot is vague and the conflicts are subtle. And because more urgent twists and turns fail to arise and demand our attention, each small moment seems to slow down as we witness the micro-tensions of interaction. I felt like I was in a Bergman or a Cassavetes film or a combination of the two (PERSONA meets SHADOWS?), as if I had entered a different time zone or landed in an exotic place, despite the banal subject matter.