A comedy about the first year of marriage, a documentary about physicist Stephen Hawking, and Joss Whedon's adaptation of a Shakespeare play are among the eclectic mix of 109 films set to screen at this year's South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, organizers announced Thursday.
"I Give It a Year," which makes its North American premiere at the Texas festival, is the directorial debut of "Borat" and "Bruno" screenwriter Dan Mazer, and stars Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Rafe Spall and Simon Baker in a comedy about falling out of marital love.
The film is one of many comedies premiering at the March festival, such as the previously announced "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" (Dan Scardino's Las Vegas magician satire starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey), and "Drinking Buddies" (Joe Swanberg's workplace romance starring Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston and Jake Johnson).
"We're always strong on comedy for sure," said SXSW film conference and festival producer Janet Pierson. "But there's a lot of joy and fun in the program this year, and maybe a wider appeal."