A brief look at some of today’s narrative features at SXSW.
“Ned Rifle”: The third in American indie film lifer Hal Hartley’s trilogy on the Grim family, after “Henry Fool” (1997) and “Fay Grim” (2006). With Liam Aiken, Martin Donavan, Aubrey Plaza and Parker Posey. 5:30 p.m., Vimeo; noon Wednesday, Alamo South; 10 p.m. March 20, Marchesa. — J.G.
“Unfriended”: The U.S. premiere for Leo Gabriadze’s horror film (which screened last year at the Fantasia Festival under the ungainly name “Cybernatural”) about friends who may or may not be being stalked over the Internet by the ghost of a friend who killed herself. 5:30 p.m., Alamo South; 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Alamo Slaughter; 11:59 p.m. March 20, Alamo Ritz. — J.G.
“Honeytrap”: The feature debut from London, England-based director Rebecca Johnson, “Honeytrap” follows Layla, a recent emigre to London’s Brixton neighborhood from Trinidad who finds herself involved in local female gang culture. 6:45 p.m., Violet Crown; noon Saturday, Alamo South; 11 a.m. Wednesday, Rollins. — J.G.
“The Little Death”: This Australian sex dramedy from Australian writer-director Josh Lawson about the private lives of five couples in suburban Sydney makes its U.S. premiere. Expect fetishes. 6:45 p.m., Stateside; 10 p.m. Sunday, Alamo Slaughter; 5 p.m. Wednesday, Alamo South. — J.G.
“Unexpected”: Samantha Abbott is a young science teacher at a Chicago high school who discovers she is pregnant. One of her favorite students, Jasmine, is in a similar situation. As you might imagine, they bond. 6:45 p.m., Alamo South; noon Saturday, Alamo Slaughter; 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Alamo South. — J.G.
“Jonathan Demme Presents Made In Texas”: This is technically a collection of short films but bears mention here. These are six short movies made in Austin in 1980, straight out of the town’s punk and New Wave scene: “Invasion of the Aluminum People,” “Speed of Light,” “Fair Sisters,” Mask of Sarnath,” “Leonardo Jr.” and “Death of a Rock Star.” SXSW co-founder Louis Black introduced the films to director Jonathan Demme, who screened them at the Collective for Living Cinema in October 1981. The movies have been restored and presented together as a package for the first time since the original program. 7 p.m., Marchesa; 4 p.m. March 20, Alamo Ritz. — J.G.
“7 Days in Hell”: This 50-minute mini-feature is making its world premiere and playing SXSW only once. Andy Samberg, Kit Harington, Michael Sheen and Lena Dunham all star in this mockumentary about a tennis tournament. From Jake Szymanski, the first in-house director hired for Funny or Die. 7:30 p.m., Topfer. — J.G.
“Heaven Knows What”: Joshua and Benny Safdie direct this narrative about a heroin addict on the streets of New York. The film stars Arielle Holmes as the addict Harley, a fictionalized version of her real self. 9:30 p.m., Violet Crown; 5:15 Saturday, Alamo Slaughter; 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Stateside. — C.E.
“Night Owls”: Another romance with an interesting set-up: Adam Pally plays a workaholic who has a one-night stand with Rosa Salazar, only to discover that she’s the ex-mistress of his boss. She gets suicidal, and he tries to help. 9:30 p.m., Topfer; 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Alamo South; 1:30 p.m. March 21, Alamo South. — C.E.
“Results”: Austin director Andrew Bujalski scored favorable reviews in Sundance for this offbeat romantic comedy starring Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce. They play fitness instructors who love each other and can’t admit it. But when a slouchy millionaire (Kevin Corrigan) decides he needs their help to get in shape, sparks begin to fly in odd ways. 10 p.m., Marchesa; 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Alamo South; 4:45 p.m. March 19, Alamo Ritz. — C.E.