Awards season starts here. While the Austin Film Festival can be a launching pad for young, up-and-coming filmmakers, it can also be a stage on the academy’s red carpet. This year’s headliners represent a long list of creatives in front of and behind the camera whose names seem likely to appear on many nominees and year-end lists.
Austin Film Festival, Oct. 27-Nov. 3. Details and badges on austinfilmfestival.com.
Few directors see untapped potential in established actors like Darren Aronofsky, and the critical response to his adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s 2014 play about an obese man trying to fix his life explains why the director is the recipient this year. of the AFF Extraordinary Filmmaker Award, and why a triumphant return from Brendan Fraser received a six-minute standing ovation at Cannes.
Thu., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theater
James Gray, winner of the 2022 Bill Wittliff Award for Screenwriting, took us to space to Ad Astra and in the jungle The Lost City of Zbut now he sits us on the 7 to Queens and a glimpse into his own childhood for this quasi-autobiographical story of a young Jewish boy growing up in 1980s New York.
Friday, October 28, 9:45 p.m., State Theater
women who talk
Sarah Polley adapts Miriam Toews’ 2018 novel of the same name, starring Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley and Frances McDormand as members of a religious cult who must decide the future of violent men in their community. Polley will be in attendance, as will producer Dede Gardner, recipient of this year’s AFF Polly Platt Award for Production.
Saturday, October 29, 6:15 p.m., Paramount Theater
All the beauty and bloodshed
What’s the difference between a drug baron and a pharmaceutical billionaire? Only one faces real responsibility. However, activist, photographer and founder of advocacy group PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) Nan Goldin has done her best to hold the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, accountable for their part in the devastation caused by their drugs. Her work is captured in this new documentary by Oscar winner Laura Poitras (Citizenfour, Risk).
Monday, October 31, 6:30 p.m., State Theater
Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads
Benoit Blanc is back! The Eccentric Detective Knives outMemorably played by a now post-Bond Daniel Craig, returns with another elaborate murder story, with a star-studded supporting cast including Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Ethan Hawke and Edward Norton as a tech billionaire who invites White to solve a murder: his own.
Thu., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., Paramount Theater