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By Craig Hubert | The first round of films for the SXSW film festival has been announced, and aside from “Drinking Buddies,” a new work from festival regular Joe Swanberg, this batch includes a few surprising choices, like the world premieres of the “Evil Dead” remake and the Steve Carrell-Jim Carrey magician comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” along with the U.S premiere of Harmony Korine’s surreal “Spring Breaks.” The full list is below, and we expect more of the lineup to be announced very shortly.

“Downloaded” (World Premiere)
Director: Alex Winter
“Downloaded” is a documentary that explores the rise and fall of Napster and the birth of the digital revolution. It’s about the teens who helped start this revolution, and the artists and industries that continue to be impacted by it.

“Drinking Buddies” (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Joe Swanberg
Weekend trips, office parties, late night conversations, drinking on the job, marriage pressure, biological clocks, holding eye contact a second too long… you know what makes the line between “friends” and “more than friends” really blurry? Beer.
Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston

“Everyone’s Going to Die” (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Jones
A modern British story about coming home, getting by, and the redemptive power of feeling you’re not alone. A story where porn hotlines rub shoulders with sexy beavers on rollerskates; where the past is laid to rest, two lives are changed, and nobody, finally, is going to die.
Cast: Nora Tschirner, Rob Knighton, Kellie Shirley, Madeline Duggan (United Kingdom)

“Evil Dead” (World Premiere)
Director: Fede Alvarez, Screenwriter: Fede Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues
Five friends, holed up in a remote cabin, discover a Book of the Dead that unwittingly summons up dormant demons which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left to fight for survival.
Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore

“Good Ol’ Freda” (World Premiere)
Director: Ryan White
“Good Ol’ Freda” tells the story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: The Beatles. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda tells her tales for the first time in 50 years.

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” (World Premiere)
Director: Don Scardino, Story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Description at the top, of course.

“Spring Breakers” (U.S. Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Harmony Korine
Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work. Cast: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine


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