SXSW 2024 - March 8-16 - Austin, TX

SXSW: New Premieres and Old Favorites

The 2024 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival kicks off today in Austin, Texas. Founded in 1987, this annual March event combines music and comedy showcases, film and television screenings, tech competitions, awards ceremonies, and more. While it’s more than just a film festival, the movie screenings often take center stage. Some of the most popular films of the past few years have made their debut at SXSW. We’re going to take a look at this year’s headliners as well as some favorite films from our collection that originally premiered at SXSW.

2024 Headliners


Still from "Babes" featuring two women talking outside a movie theater

Director: Pamela Adlon

After becoming pregnant from a one-nightstand, Eden leans on her married best friend and mother of two, Dawn, to guide her through gestation and beyond.

Cast: Ilana Glazer, Michelle Buteau, Hasan Minhaj, John Carroll Lynch

Civil War

Still from "Civil War" featuring two people taking shelter behind a police vehicle

Director: Alex Garland

An adrenaline-fueled thrill ride through a near-future fractured America balanced on the razor’s edge.

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman

The Fall Guy

Still from "The Fall Guy" featuring a man tightening the strap of a woman's sun hat

Director: David Leitch

Colt Seavers, a battle-scarred stuntman, is drafted back into service when the star of a mega-budget studio movie—directed by his ex, Jody Moreno—goes missing.

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Winston Duke, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Hannah Waddingham, Stephanie Hsu

The Idea of You

Still from "The Idea of You" featuring a man with his arm around an older woman

Director: Michael Showalter

Based on the acclaimed, contemporary love story of the same name, The Idea of You centers on Solène, a 40-year-old single mom who begins an unexpected romance with 24-year-old Hayes Campbell, the lead singer of August Moon, the hottest boy band on the planet. Based upon the book by Robinne Lee.

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Nicholas Galitzine, Ella Rubin, Reid Scott, Annie Mumolo, Viktor White, Raymond Cham, Jaiden Anthony, Dakota Adan, Perry Mattfeld, Mathilda Gianopoulos, Jordan Aaron Hall


Still from "Immaculate" featuring nuns holding the veil of a woman standing at an altar

Director: Michael Mohan

A devout American nun embarks on a new journey in a remote convent in the picturesque Italian countryside. Her warm welcome quickly devolves into a nightmare as it becomes clear her new home harbors a sinister secret and unspeakable horrors.

Cast: Sydney Sweeney, Álvaro Morte, Dora Romano, Benedetta Porcaroli, Giorgio Colangeli, Simona Tabasco

Monkey Man

Still from "Monkey Man" featuring a man glaring

Director: Dev Patel

Dev Patel achieves an astonishing directing debut with this action thriller about a man’s vengeance against the men who murdered his mother.

Cast: Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Pitobash, Vipin Sharma, Sikandar Kher, Sobhita Dhulipala, Ashwini Kalsekar, Adithi Kalkunte, Makarand Deshpande

Road House

Still from "Road House" featuring an injured man standing apart from a crowd outside

Director: Doug Liman

In this adrenaline-fueled reimagining of the 80s cult classic, ex-UFC fighter Dalton takes a job as a bouncer at a Florida Keys roadhouse, only to discover that this paradise is not all it seems.

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Daniela Melchior, Billy Magnussen, Jessica Williams, Joaquim de Almeida, Conor McGregor, Lukas Gage, Arturo Castro, B.K. Cannon, Beau Knapp, Darren Barnet, Dominique Columbus, Bob Menery, Catfish Jean, Kevin Carroll, Travis Van Winkle, Hannah Love Lanier


Still from "Y2K" featuring three teens looking shocked in what appears to be the aftermath of a house party

Director: Kyle Mooney

On the last night of 1999, two high school juniors crash a New Years Eve party, only to find themselves fighting for their lives in this dial-up disaster comedy.

Cast: Rachel Zegler, Jaeden Martell, Julian Dennison, Lachlan Watson, Daniel Zolghadri, Mason Gooding, The Kid Laroi

Previous SXSW Films in the AU Collection

While you may not be able to watch the films premiering at SXSW 2024 just yet, you can watch some old favorites from previous iterations of the festival. All of the movies listed below are currently available on DVD for members of the AU community to check out.

Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

Promotional photo for "Everything Everywhere All At Once" featuring the main characters standing in front of the title in fighting poses

Director: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

Available on DVD

Us (2019)

Still from "Us" featuring a creepy family in red jumpsuits in front of a fireplace

Director: Jordan Peele

Available on DVD

Booksmart (2019)

Still from "Booksmart" featuring two teen girls standing in a classroom with their arms around each other

Director: Olivia Wilde

Available on DVD

A Quiet Place (2018)

Still from "A Quiet Place" featuring a family hiking through the woods

Director: John Krasinski

Available on DVD

Blockers (2018)

Still from "Blockers" featuring three adults staring shocked through an open window

Director: Kay Cannon

Available on DVD

Baby Driver (2017)

Still from "Baby Driver" featuring four adults in an elevator

Director: Edgar Wright

Available on DVD

Furious 7 (2015)

Still from "Furious 7" featuring two men standing beside two crashed sports cars

Director: James Wan

Available on DVD

Chef (2014)

Still from "Chef" featuring two adults and a kid smiling while making a sandwich

Director: Jon Favreau

Available on DVD

Evil Dead (2013)

Still from "Evil Dead" featuring three people looking scared in an old home

Director: Fede Álvarez

Available on DVD

21 Jump Street (2012)

Still from "21 Jump Street" featuring two police officers looking confused while sitting in an office

Director: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Available on DVD

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Still from "Cabin in the Woods" featuring a group of teenagers looking scared in a cabin

Director: Drew Goddard

Available on DVD

Bridesmaids (2011)

Still from "Bridesmaids" featuring six women boarding a plane

Director: Paul Feig

Available on DVD

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Still from "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" featuring two couples and another man wearing vacation outfits and eyeing each other

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Available on DVD

Knocked Up (2007)

Still from "Knocked Up" featuring a couple sitting awkwardly in an OBGYN office

Director: Judd Apatow

Available on DVD

Hellboy (2004)

Still from "Hellboy" featuring a large crowd of characters standing in a large hallway

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Available on DVD

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