This past week announced two musician-related SXSW films, both of which are intriguing for different reasons, namely Harmony Korine, Die Antwoord, Carrie Brownstein, and James Mercer. But there are also a host of other compelling films debuting at the festival that prove SXSW’s growing film appendage is an equally worthy draw.
Carrie Brownstein, who delights us all with her antics on Portlandia takes on a role with a bit more gravitas in the new film Some Days Are Better Than Others by Matt McCormick (though, we can’t help but feel like her opening lines in the trailer are bait and switch for a withering parody). The film also stars James Mercer and boasts a soundtrack by Matthew Cooper (Eluvium)—a veritable indie-star cast!
Harmony Korine projects seem to be coming out of the woodwork lately, and unsurprisingly, he’s found kindred spirits in Die Antwoord. Their film Umshini Wam, which translates roughly to “bring me my machine gun”, is about a pair of wheel chair-bound redneck gangstas… obviously, right?