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'Llewyn Davis,' '12 Years a Slave' top AFF lineup

September 18, 2013

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Sept. 18--Two of this year's most prestigious movies, "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "12 Years a Slave," top the list of marquee screenings at this year's Austin Film Festival.

Other titles include "August: Osage County," "Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom," "Nebraska," "Child of God" and "Big Sur."

The festival will take place Oct. 24 through 31, and this is its 20th year.

"Inside Llewyn Davis," directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, stars Oscar Isaac as a folk singer in New York, before the arrival of Bob Dylan. It also stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake. Isaac, whose musical performance was acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival, is scheduled to attend the Austin event. Music legend T Bone Burnett, who was the musical director for the film, is also expected to attend.

"12 Years a Slave" won the audience award at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. Directed by Briton Steve McQueen, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Along with "Llewyn Davis," it is expected to be an early frontrunner for the best picture Oscar.

"August: Osage County," which is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, has an ensemble cast that includes Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" stars Will Forte and Bruce Dern. Forte is scheduled to attend the local premiere.

"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" stars Idris Elba, and "Big Sur" stars Josh Lucas, Jean Marc-Barr and John Robbins, all of whom are expected to attend the festival.

The festival will also feature the world premiere of the romance "Light Years," with Allison Janney and Clark Gregg. Also playing are "Philomena," with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan; "Cold Comes the Night" with Alice Eve and Bryan Cranston; the crime drama "Mystery Road"; and "Winter in the Blood."

Elaine May will be a guest programmer at the festival and conference, along with Vince Gilligan, Callie Khouri, Jonathan Demme and Shane Black. She'll also participate in a panel discussion about writing comedy led by "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal.

The lineup is as follows:

Marquee screenings: "Inside Llewyn Davis," "12 Years a Slave," "Nebraska," "August: Osage County," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Philomena," "Big Sur," "Winter in the Blood," "Child of God," "HBO's Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley," "Mystery Road," "If You Build It," "Last I Heard," "Yuma," "Number 10 Blues/Goodbye, Saigon," "Mom, Dad, I'm Muslim."

Narrative feature competition: "Beside Still Waters," "Crackheads," "Finding Neighbors," "Jack, Jules, Esther and Me," "A Leading Man," "The Maid's Room," "The Odd Way Home," "Siren."

Documentary feature competition: "All of Me," "Dog Days," "Icebound," "Living Dolls," "Political Bodies," "Take Away One," "The Project," "120 Days."

Heart of Film: "A Birder's Guide to Everything," "Circle the Wagen," "Favor," "Forever's End," "Girl on a Bicycle," "Great Chicken Wing Hunt," "How to Follow Strangers," "Le Navaja de Don Juan," "The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne," "Light Years," "Scrapper," "Sole Survivor," "That Burning Feeling."

Comedy Vanguard: "Cavemen," "Coffee, Kill Boss," "G.B.F," "The Golden Scallop," "Hellaware," "I'm Dating You Not," "The Little Tin Man," "Mop King."

Dark Matters: "Blood Punch," "Dark Mountain," "Dug Up," "Innocence," "OXV: The Manual."

Texas Independents: "Dear Sidewalk," "Little Hope Was Arson," "The Road to Livingston," "Sombras de Azul."

Wright/Rec: "Always Learning," "The Block," "Drones," "The Fable of Shannon Cable," "Handy," "Not Safe for Work," "Speak Now," "3 References."

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