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SXSW 2013 adds 'The East,' Danny Boyle, Stevie Nicks doc

February 13, 2013|By Rebecca Keegan
  • Scene from the movie "The East"
Scene from the movie "The East" (Myles Aronowitz )

"The East," an eco-thriller from director Zal Batmanglij, will be the closing night film of the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.

Batmanglij and star Brit Marling co-wrote the spy drama, which collected strong reviews at its Sundance Film Festival premiere last month.

SXSW, which will screen a total 133 features, also announced 14 more films to complete its lineup, including "In Your Dreams -- Stevie Nicks," a documentary co-directed by the Fleetwood Mac singer and Dave Stewart, half of the British rock duo Eurythmics; "At Any Price," Ramin Bahrani's family drama starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron; and "Xmas Without China," Alicia Dwyer's documentary comedy about consumerism.

The conference portion of SXSW will include conversations with Danny Boyle, who will be presenting footage from his art-world thriller "Trance," Joss Whedon and the cast of his Shakespeare adaptation "Much Ado About Nothing," and Sarah Silverman, who will be talking about comedy and YouTube along with Michael Cera and comics Reggie Watts, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.

The 2013 SXSW Film Conference and Festival is set for March 8-16 in Austin, Texas. More information is available at sxsw.com/film.

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