Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale will open the 2022 Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival announced an initial list of movies attendees can expect to see when the event kicks off on October 27. For eight days, the festival champions local and international filmmakers who push the boundaries of storytelling in film, television, and new media. Film buffs, critics and the general public will be delighted to know that the festival has selected The whale as the movie that will kick off the event on its opening night.


Directed by darren aronofsky (mother!), The whale has been gathering momentum as it makes its way into film festivals around the world, and may well make its way into awards season in 2023. The story centers on a 600-pound gay man struggling to reconnect. with her estranged daughterSadie sink). The man is played by brendan fraser (The Mummy film series), which has been out of the mainstream media for a while. Earlier this week, the actor broke down and began to cry when the audience at the Venice Film Festival gave him a 6-minute standing ovation for his performance after the film was screened at the event.

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The Austin Film Festival committee also announced that its list of titles will include Armageddon timethe new feature film by the famous filmmaker james gray (Ad Astra). Protagonist Anne Hathaway (the Miserables) Y Anthony Hopkins (The father), the film is a coming-of-age story based on the director’s experience growing up in Queens, New York. Gray himself will be in attendance at AFF, where he will be presented with the Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting. In previous editions, the award has gone to established screenwriters such as nancy meyers (It’s complicated), Tony Gilroy (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Y lorenzo kasdan (in search of the lost ark).

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Other AFF titles this year include Local Filmmaker Riley Cusick‘s the wild mana film about a son caring for his father with a deteriorating mental condition. The fire that took her is led by Patricia E. gillespie and tells the story of one of the few people who testified at his own murder trial, and jonathan dekel‘s Verify is a black comedy based on true stories of Mossad spies.

The Austin Film Festival will release the full list of films and panels that make up the 2022 edition later this month. You can discover the first wave of films announced on the Austin Film Festival website.

You can check the details of the second wave of the festival program below:

THE WHALE

OPENING NIGHT SELECTION

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Written by: Samuel D. Hunter

Synopsis: From Darren Aronofsky comes The Whale, the story of a lonely English teacher living with severe obesity who tries to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption. Starring Brendan Fraser and based on the acclaimed play by Samuel D. Hunter.

In attendance: Writer Samuel D. Hunter

TIME OF ARMAGEDDON

Directed/Written by: James Gray

Synopsis: From acclaimed filmmaker James Gray, ARMAGEDDON TIME is a deeply personal reflection on the strength of family, the complexity of friendship, and the realities of class and privilege, as seen through the eyes of a young Jewish man growing up in Queens in the 1980s. The film features an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway, and Jeremy Strong.

In attendance: Writer/Director James Gray

THE WILD MAN

WORLD PREMIERE

Directed/Written by: Riley Cusick

Synopsis: A son cares for his father with a deteriorating mental condition where he believes he is a wild animal.

CHECK

WORLD PREMIERE

Directed/Written by: Jonathan Dekel

Written by: Shai Satran

Synopsis: Checkout follows Dov (Josh Pais), a desperate spy who must convince his peers that he is telling the truth about a legendary terrorist. Trying one last time to become the myth he always thought he would be, Dov faces harsh reality determined to take him back. He will do anything to change their minds. Checkout is a black comedy based on real lies from real Mossad spies.

THE FIRE THAT TOOK HER

Directed by: Patricia E. Gillespie

Synopsis: Judy Malinowski, a mother of two, was doused in gasoline and set on fire by her crazed ex-boyfriend, becoming one of the first people to testify in her own murder trial. THE FIRE THAT TOOK HER delves into the historic case to ask a timely question: How much must women suffer to be believed?

FOLLOW IT

Directed by: Sylvia Caminer

Synopsis: FOLLOW HER is a psycho-sexual thriller. Jess Peters, a struggling actress and live streamer, finally found her hook: secretly filming creepy interactions she finds through online job listings and using the problems of others to fuel her streaming success. For her next episode, she was hired to write the end of a script in a luxurious remote cabin. Once there, the seductive self-proclaimed screenwriter hands him a script in which they are both the protagonists. This client is not what he seems, and while the money is great…the actual payout here could cost him his life.

FOR THE LOVE OF FRIENDS

Directed/written by: Cara Consilvio

Synopsis: In 1986, to wake America up from the AIDS crisis and honor the friends he lost, Brent Nicholson Earle walks the perimeter of the United States. In The American Run for the End of AIDS, Brent runs nearly a marathon a day for 20 months straight. After enduring blisters, exhaustion, ignorance and fear, he returns home with his own HIV diagnosis. Although the race ends, Brent’s activism never stops.

DELICIOUS GOLDEN

Directed by: Jason Karman

Written By: Gorrman Lee

Synopsis: When basketball-obsessed Aleks moves in across the street, Asian-Canadian teen Jake finds himself trying out for the basketball team to get his attention in this classic coming-of-age drama set in the 1980s era. digital.

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