Kristen Stewart’s “Spencer” to Close Austin Film Festival, “The Humans” Added to Line-Up (EXCLUSIVE)
The Austin Film Festival announced new additions to its 2021 lineup, including the Kristen stewart– featuring “Spencer“And that of Stephen Karam”Humans. The festival will take place in Austin, Texas and online from October 21-28.
“Spencer” will be the closing song of the festival. Directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Steven Knight, the biopic follows Princess Diana (Stewart) as she deals with her decision to end her marriage to Prince Charles.
As the highlight of the AFF Writers’ Conference, the flagship film will be “The Humans,” written and directed by Karam and adapted from his Pulitzer-winning play of the same name. “The Humans” takes place on Thanksgiving Day as a family reunites despite hidden secrets, past traumas, and nightmares coming to life. Beanie Feldstein, Amy Schumer, Steven Yeun, Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell and June Squibb are the stars.
The film’s first slot in the limelight will feature the North American premiere of “Down With the King,” featuring rapper Freddie Gibbs’ first acting performance. The lineup will also include the psychological horror film “Cram”, the coming-of-age tale “Don’t Go To School Tomorrow”, the sci-fi film “Spaghetti Junction”, the thriller inspired by “Little Red Riding Hood “Briefly” and historic drama “Unsilenced”.
AFF also announced that Channing Godfrey Peoples will be the recipient of the 2021 New Voice Award for her work as writer, director and producer of “Miss Juneteenth” in 2020.
“We are delighted to welcome Channing Godfrey Peoples and the team behind ‘Down With the King’ to our 28th celebration of storytelling and writing. This is an exciting new development in our mission to support and promote storytellers, while also providing a platform for richly talented underrepresented voices in front and behind the camera, ”said Barbara Morgan, Director executive of AFF.
These additions to the range come after last month’s advertiserst that the festival would open with Peter Hedges ‘pandemic drama’ The Same Storm ‘and feature the US premiere of’ Cicada ‘, as well as acclaimed sci-fi’ Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’ Cambodian “Karmalink” and writer- “Captains of Za’atari” by director Ali El Arabi.
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