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The film and media portion of South by Southwest (SXSW) kicks off in Austin next week, and two films have just been added to the lineup. Austin’s own Robert Rodriguez will screen footage from Predators, and Gela Babluani‘s 13, a remake of his own 13 Tzameti, will screen as part of the festival’s SX Fantastic midnight program.

Predators isn’t screening in its entirety; Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal will show a selection of footage then hold a Q&A session afterward. Rodriguez did this years ago, with Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and recently SXSW offered a similar sneak peek at Bruno. Do you read this as a show of confidence that the footage looks pretty good? I do; if Predators didnt’ have something good happening I can’t imagine a sneak peek at footage being shown at the fest. Let’s hope that’s the way it goes down.

“My director, Nimrod Antal, and I are excited to bring this first look at ‘Predators’ to Austin’s SXSW Film Festival, an event that’s become vital to the filmmaking scene,” said Rodrigez. “Austin is my home and I’m proud that ‘Predators’ was conceived and filmed here.”

The special presentation of Predators will take place on March 12 at the Alamo Ritz Theater in downtown Austin, at 10:15pm. Doors open at 9:45pm, and the special event is only open to SXSW Badge-holders on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meanwhile, the SX Fantastic series, programmed by Tim League of the Alamo Drafthouse, has added a fifth film: 13. That joins a wild lineup of genre flicks that includes Higanjima, Monsters, Outcast and Serbian Film.

As the SXSW guide describes it,

13, a remake of the 2005 French film 13 Tzameti, also directed by Babluani, stars Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Ben Gazzara, and Alexander Skarsgard. The thriller follows the story of Vince, who unwittingly becomes involved in a degenerate, clandestine world of mental chaos behind closed doors.

The screening will take place at Midnight on Saturday, March 13 at the Alamo South Lamar Theater.

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