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SXSW opens with world premiere of Terrence Malick's Song to Song

The annual South by Southwest Film Festival kicked off Friday in Austin, Texas, launching a week-long TV and movie screening lineup attended by movie industry insiders and cinephiles. Opening the festival on Friday night is the world premiere of director Terrence Malick's Song to Song, a film shot throughout Austin music festivals that traverses overlapping romances. It stars Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, and Michael Fassbender.

Director Edgar Wright's crime thriller Baby Driver, starring Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm, will make its world premiere Saturday. Other highly anticipated premieres include David Leitch's Atomic Blonde led by Charlize Theron, Ben Wheatley's Free Fire starring Brie Larson and Armie Hammer, and Daniel Espinosa's Life featuring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. Spotlighted television shows include author Neil Gaiman's American Gods and the TV adaptation of the film Dear White People.

The film festival is part of a larger South by Southwest conference that also includes a music festival and talks from the likes of former Vice President Joe Biden and pop star Kesha.