The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced the opening night film for the 2011 festival. Source Code, the second film from Moon director Duncan Jones, will have its world premiere on March 11, 2011, the opening night of the fest.
In a press release, Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson said,

We are delighted to welcome Duncan Jones back to SXSW. His debut Moon showed an intelligence, skill, and exceptional use of limited resources that’s exactly the kind of filmmaking we love to support… Source Code is a terrific follow-up; it’s a smart, suspenseful thriller, and a perfect fit for our 2011 Opening Night!

Duncan Jones directs from a script by Ben Ripley. The core cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright and Russell Peters. Watch the trailer here. Source Code will open in a regular engagement April 1, 2011.

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.  In an assignment unlike any he’s ever known, he learns he’s part of a government experiment called the “Source Code,” a program that enables him to cross over into another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life.  With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.

The rest of the SXSW lineup will be announced in February. Registration is open now for SXSW. Register by January 12 and save up to 20% off the walk-up rate. Badges are available here.

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