For its 30th anniversary, the Austin Film Festival is pulling out all the stops. While talent will remain unavailable unless the strike is resolved, there will be plenty of movies for fans to enjoy.
Among the titles announced in this second wave are Alexander Payne's The Holdovers, which got strong reviews at Toronto and Telluride. The holiday dramedy is one of my most anticipated movies of the fall, and marks Paul Giamatti's reunion with the director of Sideways. Expect plenty of Oscar buzz for the star, who's only been nominated once (for Cinderella Man). Also getting strong notices is Andrew Haigh's latest All of Us Strangers. The romantic drama stars Andrew Scott (Fleabag's Hot Priest), who will also be in the awards conversation this year.
AFF marks the world premieres of the horror film Wild Eyed and Wicked and the family drama Christmess. Other highlights include Apple's sci-fi romance Fingernails and the vital documentary First We Bombed New Mexico, about the (literal) fallout from Oppenheimer's nuclear tests.
The festival will also honor Damon Lindelof with the Outstanding Television Writer Award. An accomplished writer for the big screen, his vast body of work for TV includes the hit Emmy-winning Lost and Watchmen, as well as the acclaimed dramas The Leftovers and Mrs. Davis.
The Austin Film Festival runs from October 26 to November 2.