SXSW announces opening film for 2022

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals announced the world premiere of Everything Everywhere All At Once as its Opening Night film for the 29th edition of the SXSW Film Festival on March 11, 2022, in Austin, Texas.

Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as Daniels, the film is a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action-adventure about an exhausted Chinese American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who can’t seem to finish her taxes.

The Daniels are a film-making duo most known for their music videos including the popular DJ Snake and Lil Jon promotional for the single, “Turn Down for What” which won the SXSW 2015 Grand Jury Award for Music Videos. They previously won the 2012 SXSW Grand Jury Award for Music Videos with their video for Battles, “My Machines”. In 2016, they expanded to feature film, making their writing and directorial debut with the film Swiss Army Man starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe.

“We are thrilled to premiere Daniels’ latest work, which is fantastically inventive, entertaining, emotionally grounded, and crammed with the exceptional creativity that makes their projects so satisfying,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “Audiences are going to have their minds blown by this extraordinary feat of filmmaking.”

Everything Everywhere All at Once features an ensemble cast of Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr., and Jamie Lee Curtis. The film is written, directed and produced by Daniels. Jonathan Wang, the Russo Brothers’ AGBO and A24 also produced. The film is executive produced by Ley Line Entertainment, IAC and Josh Rudnick.

The SXSW film program will be announced on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. SXSW runs in person from March 11-20, 2022, with a selection of films from the program also available online to badgeholders.

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