Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, Hirokazu Koreeda’s The Truth and Kasi Lemons’ Harriet are among titles in the first wave of screenings confirmed for this year’s Austin Film Festival in the US.
The Texas festival, which runs from October 24 to 31, will also include world premieres of Cassandra Suchan and Denis Henry Hennelly’s activism documentary The Animal People, with Joaquin Phoenix as executive producer, and Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait, from local Austin filmmakers John Langmore and Bud Force.
Other world premieres set for the festival are paranormal comedy The VICE Guide to Bigfoot, from Zach Lamplugh, and Van Ditthavong’s Texas crime thriller Sleeping in Plastic.
Harriet, set to premiere at next month’s Toronto festival, stars Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr and Janelle Monáe in the story of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into an abolitionist and political activist.
War drama A Hidden Life was in competition at Cannes and is also set to screen at Toronto. Drama The Truth, with Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke, screens at the Venice festival next week and is also in the Toronto line-up.