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Tilda Swinton’s “Kevin” added to Fantastic Fest – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Lynne Ramsay’s harrowing “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” which was just confirmed as a Marquee screening at this year’s Austin Film Festival, also has been added to the schedule of this year’s Fantastic Fest … giving the blistering drama two key Austin screenings in the span of a month.

Ramsay’s picture stars Tilda Swinton as a shellshocked mother coming to terms with the fact that she has raised a murderer. The Oscar winner, never mistaken for maternal, is the right choice to play a woman uncertain if she ever really loved her child, while Ezra Miller sends chills as the title character, who conducts some unspeakable things.

Read our exclusive interview with Tilda Swinton from this year’s Toronto Intermational Film Festival.

Fantastic Fest 2011 also added a special screening of William Eubank’s Angels & Airwaves film “Love,” a passion project of Tom DeLonge, guitarist and singer for A&A and Blink-182. DeLonge, who produced “Love,” will be in town for the screening.

This year’s fest runs Sept. 22-20, opening with a full day of Thursday screenings capped by a premiere screening of “The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence).” Organizers also released a full schedule of events tied to the fest. We have them below:

Fantastic Arcade Happy Hours and Tournaments
Location: The Highball
Dates: Thursday, Sept. 22nd, Friday Sept. 23rd, Saturday Sept. 24th
Time: 6pm-8pm
Description: Every day from Thursday the 22nd through Saturday the 24th, guests are encouraged to come by the highball and compete or just watch the daily indie game tournaments. We’ll have drink specials each day and you will get to meet the folks that make up both the indie gaming scene in Austin as well as the international Fantastic Arcade game designers.

Fantastic Fest Opening Night Party
Location: The Highball
Date: Thursday, Sept. 22nd
Time: 10pm
Description: Eat, drink and be merry with us after the world premiere of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE, the second installment in Tom Six’s squirm-inducing saga of unnecessary surgery. Featuring live music from The Charles Edward Cheese band and an attempt to break the world’s record for the longest human centipede conga line. 100% medically fun!

Attempted Rap Throw Down
Location: The Highball
Date: Friday, Sept. 23rd
Time: 11:30pm
Description: Come watch the battle unfold as a handful of nerdworthy contenders vie for lyrical supremacy in this movie-themed rap competition all from Fatboy Roberts tracks. Click here for an example of an attempted rap from Eugenio Mira.

Fantastic Debates presented by KNUCKLE and Arc Entertainment
Location: South Austin Gym
Date: Saturday, Sept 24th
Time: 11:55pm
Description: Quench your thirst for blood AND intellectual disputation with another installment of the Fantastic Debates, where the burning questions facing the fan community are resolved once and for all. In honor of the regional premiere of the acclaimed Irish bare-knuckle boxing documentary KNUCKLE, this year’s debates will culminate in a fight-to-the-pain featuring KNUCKLE star and undefeated bare-knuckle brawler James Quinn McDonagh versus Fantastic Fest Co-Founder Tim League.

Japan Night: Chaos Reigns Karaoke Party presented by Well Go USA Entertainment
Location: The Highball
Date: Sunday, Sept. 25th
Time: 11pm
Description: Demented revelry and potential humiliation combine in the night of your life during one of our favorite traditions here at the festival.

Fantastic Fest Awards
Location: Alamo South Lamar
Date: Monday, Sept. 26th
Time: 9:30pm
Description: Not for the faint of heart… when you win an award at Fantastic Fest you better be ready for a shotgun-blast of appreciation to the face. Strap on your drinking horns and join us for a night of ceremonial tomfoolery.

Fantastic Feud
Location: Alamo South Lamar
Date: Monday Sept. 26th
Time: 11:55pm
Description: The Fantastic Feud, brainchild of FearNet’s own Scott Weinberg, pits the greatest American horror scholars against the feeble competition from foreign lands. Much drinking and feats of mental agility ensue.

Karaoke Apocalypse
Location: The Highball
Date: Tuesday Sept. 27th
Time: 11pm
Description: You provide the vocals while the kids of Karaoke Apocalypse do the rest with their scorching live renditions of your favorite punk and metal hits.

100 Best Kills
Location: Alamo South Lamar
Date: Tuesday Sept. 27th
Time: 11:55pm
Description: Fantastic Fest celebrates the great legacy of stomach-churning, blood-spurting movie magic with this interactive showdown party where YOU THE AUDIENCE are invited to join the FF programmers in providing the all-time greatest on-screen headbursts, rib-rips and gutblasts!

Fantastic Trivia presented by Geeks Who Drink
Location: The Highball
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28th
Time: 7pm
Description: A special Fantastic Fest edition of our weekly trivia challenge at the Highball.

Prom Party
Location: The Highball
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28th
Time: 10:30pm
Description: The Highball and Fantastic Fest invite you to dress up, grab a corsage and dance the night away at the prom! Beginning at 10:30 PM, we’ll have bowls of spiked punch available for party guests, and we’ll be giving away drink tickets to Fantastic Fest badgeholders. Warm up on the dance floor with a prom montage & music videos hosted by the Action Pack, then prepare for a rock ‘n’ roll journey led by Rick K. and The Allnighters, featuring Steve Moore, a YouTube drumming sensation! We’ll also hosting a dance-off and a costume contest, and the winners will be crowned Prom King & Queen. It will truly be a night to remember, and Annie Ray will be there with a photobooth to capture all of those special memories.

Fantastic Fest Closing Night Party: Superhero Carnival
Location: The American Legion Hall, 2001 Veteran’s Drive
Austin, Tx 78703
Date Thursday, Sept 29th
Time: 10pm
Description:After our heroic closing night film, Comic-Con: Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope, put your cape on straight, your tights on tight, ditch that squaresville alter ego of yours for the night, and let your superhero flag fly as we close out this year’s Fantastic Fest with a Legion of Superheroes Carnival down at the American Legion Hall!

Not only will you get to booze and schmooze with your fellow defenders of Truth, Justice and Skintight Outfits, but we’ll have a full carnival of suitably heroic activities set up in the yard including Aquaman’s Ocean, The Flash’s Mountain Race Challenge, Batman’s Boxing Battle, Spider-man’s Wall of Webbing, Superman’s House of Flight and more! Plus, our Alamo chefs are creating special carnival food for everyone (mmm… funnel cake) and plenty of beer and cocktails to help a crusader unwind!

Presented by Comic-Con: Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope, Ambhar Tequila, and Shiner

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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