Austin Film Festival 2022 Lineup, Schedule, Tickets, Celebrities, More

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For a few weeks each fall, Austin becomes a real schedule breaker. AGLIFF and Fantastic Fest kick off the film festivals of the season. The Austin City Limits Music Festival, of course, takes over two weekends in October. The United States Formula 1 Grand Prix rushes to the Circuit of the Americas the following weekend. In early November, literary giants arrive at the Capitol for the Texas Book Festival.

But this week there’s Austin Film Festival, sort of the fall counterpart to March’s South by Southwest Film & TV Festival, in terms of the caliber of movies you might see. The Austin Film Festival also bills itself as the film festival for writers, and its conference arm celebrates the art of writing for the screen.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s Austin Film Festival, which runs from October 27 to November 3.

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Where is the Austin Film Festival?

The film festival takes place at several theaters in the city, including the Paramount, State and Hideout theaters on Congress Avenue, the Long Center on West Riverside Drive and the Galaxy Highland on Middle Fiskville Road. Conference events take place in many different venues around the city centre.

What movies are playing at the 2022 Austin Film Festival?

Here are some of the most prominent films:

“The whale,” directed by Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) and starring Brendan Fraser (of all your favorite 90s movies), will be the festival’s opening night film. It will screen at 7:30 p.m. on October 27 at the Paramount Theater. The film premiered at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, and it gained momentum as a great comeback vehicle for Fraser, who plays a morbidly obese man trying to reconnect with his daughter (Sadie Sink from “Stranger Things”).

Director-screenwriter Nikyatu Jusu’s “Nanny” is a psychological horror film about a Senegalese nanny (Anna Diop of HBO Max’s “Titans”) living in New York apart from her child. The film won the Grand Jury Drama Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. It will screen at 6:45 p.m. on October 28 at the State Theater.

“Sam and Kate” an intergenerational story of love and family, will be played at 7:15 p.m. on October 28 at Paramount. Directed by Darren Le Gallo, the film stars Dustin Hoffman and Texan Sissy Spacek, acting alongside Jake Hoffman (Dustin’s son) and Schuyler Fisk (Spacek’s daughter).

“Speaking Women” directed and written by Sarah Polley, is about women in a religious colony struggling with sexual assault. It features a cast of big names: Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley and Frances McDormand. The film will be screened at 6:15 p.m. on October 29 at Paramount.

The very funny Adam Pally (“Happy Endings”) stars as a troublemaking intruder in the pandemic comedy “Who invited Charlie?” It is the flagship film of the festival, screened at 5 p.m. on October 30 at Paramount.

Arguably, the biggest film on the festival’s slate will help wrap things up. “Glass Onion: A Mystery at Daggers Drawn” directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daniel Craig, will arrive at Paramount at 7:30 p.m. on November 3. The murderous and mysterious sequel to 2019’s “Knives Out” also stars Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn and Leslie Odom Jr.

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And here are some other films that caught the eye of this reviewer:

“Pavement”: Jennifer Lawrence and Bryan Tyree Henry star in a drama about a soldier returning home to New Orleans. (9:45 p.m. Nov. 1 at State)

“1-800-HOT-NITE”: Writer/director Nick Richey tells the story of an orphaned teenager who turns to a phone sex operator and his friend for help as he tries to escape a foster home. (8 p.m. Nov. 3 at State)

“After Sun”: “Normal People’s” Paul Mescal stars in a father-daughter drama that spans two eras. (9:30 p.m. on November 2 at State)

“Hour of Armageddon”: Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins star in a coming-of-age film about a Jewish boy growing up in 1980s Queens? Join us, “Ad Astra” director James Gray. (9:45 p.m. on October 28 in the US)

“The Inspection”: A young, gay, black man joins the Marines in writer/director’s semi-autobiographical drama Elegance Bratton. Jeremy Pope (“Hollywood”) and former Austinite star Raúl Castillo (“Looking”) always welcome. (8:45 p.m. October 29 in the US)

“Good Night Opy”: Wall-E in real life? This documentary is about Opportunity, a Mars rover sent to the Red Planet for 90 days… except it stayed, and survived, for 15 years. You are already crying for a machine. (2:45 p.m. Oct. 29 at Galaxy Highland)

“Golden Delicious”: I would praise it at home if I saw it, which is the highest praise I can give a movie. An Asian-Canadian teenager joins the school basketball team to bond with the new boy across the street. (5:00 p.m. October 28 and 5:30 p.m. November 1 at Galaxy Highland)

“Daniel Must Die”: This legacy comedy is billed as the late Bob Saget’s final film role. (10 p.m. Oct. 28 at Long Center and 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at Galaxy Highland)

“Song of the cicada”: Austin-based Robert Weiss and Aaron Weiss made this documentary about an undertaker who lives in Galveston and dreams of renovating a historic home in Beaumont. It will make its world premiere at the festival. (3 p.m. Oct. 30 at State and 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at Galaxy Highland)

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Which celebrities are expected in Austin?

‘Sam & Kate’ stars, including Spacek and the elder Hoffman, will be in attendance, as will ‘The Whale’ director Aronofsky, ‘Women Talking’ director Polley and ‘Who Invited’ actors Pally and Reid Scott. Charlie?”

This year’s Austin Film Festival winners are Stephen Merchant (BBC’s “The Office”) for Outstanding Television Writer, Dede Gardner of “Women Talking” for the Polly Platt Award for Producing, Aronofsky for Extraordinary Contribution in film, Gray from “Armageddon Time” for the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting and Jusu from “Nanny” for the New Voice Award.

Writers’ conference panelists include Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”), Austin-based comic book and video game author Evan Narcisse, and many more.

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How can I go to the Austin Film Festival?

Movie passes and badges, from $80 to $725, are available for purchase at Limited advance individual tickets are available for “The Whale,” “Sam & Kate,” “Women Talking” and “Glass Onion,” at $23 per ticket.

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