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The Austin Film Festival Highlights

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:06 PM CDT
The 19th Annual Film Festival is the first one in the country that focuses on screenwriting. There are 4 days of panels and 8 days of films and runs through October 25th.  With over 180 films showing around Austin, here’s some of the better ones to look for.  Notice that some of them screen twice.

A Late Quartet (d. Yaron Ziberman)
Sunday, 7:00 pm, The Paramount Theatre
Inspired by Beethoven’s Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, this film pays homage to the cultural world of New York. While getting ready to play their 25th Anniversary Concert, a world-renowned string quartet has a life changing event when they find out one of their members gets a health diagnosis.

Informant (d. Jamie Meltzer)
Sunday, 8:30 pm, Bob Bullock IMAX Theatre
Wednesday, 3:00 pm, Hideout Theatre
Based on the true story of Brandom Darby, this film takes a look at Darby going from a activist to an FBI informant.  He survived Hurricane Katrina, met with the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, and saved the Republican National Convention from a cell of Molotov cocktail-brandishing terrorists.

Last Stop: Salvation (d. Yusur Pirhasan) Turkey
Sunday, 10:15 pm, Bob Bullock’s Texas Spirit Theater
This is a comedy for the woman that has been scorned! A young psychotherapist, Eylem moves into a flat after being dumped by her fiancé.  While she is trying to be depressed, her female neighbors won’t have it.  The women realize their own domestic problems and they all rise up against the men in their lives. 
* Director Yusuf Pirhasan will have a Q&A after the screening

Flight (d. Robert Zemeckis)
Monday, 7:00 pm, The Paramount Theater
This mystery thriller is the latest from director Robert Zemeckis with magnetic performances by John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Don Cheadle, and Denzel Washington.  Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) is an airline pilot that saves a flight from crashing, saving nearly everyone on board.  Within the investigation into the malfunctions, troubles arise.

To Kill A Memory (d. Dustin Rikert)
Tuesday, 7:00 pm, The Paramount Theatre
A respected U.S. Marshal (Kix Brooks of country-western music group, Brooks & Dunn) is put in prison after a bank robbery goes wrong.  He finds out the bank robbers are going to go after his wife so he has to escape to save his wife.
* Lead actor, Kix Brooks will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening  

Ann Richards’ Texas (Presenting Partner: The Texas Observer)
Wednesday, 7:00 pm, The Paramount Theatre
A Texas size documentary of the feisty Texas Governor, Ann Richards, that gives you a detailed look into her personal and political life.  Interviews are included with politicians Bill Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, journalists Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather, and close friends, Lily Tomlin and Willie Nelson.

Jayne Mansfield’s Car (d. Billy Bob Thorton)
Thursday, 7:00 pm, The Paramount Theatre
Set in 1969 Alabama, a woman dies who was living in England after leaving her Alabama husband and children 30 years ago to be with another man.  For the burial, the two families that she created are brought together causing a great culture clash.
* Director Billy Bob Thornton will be in attendance for the red carpet and a Q&A after the screening

To read more about the films and schedule, go to:
http://www.austinfilmfestival.comThe Austin Film Festival Highlights

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