SXSW 2018: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt's 'A Quiet Place' To Open The Film Festival

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A Quiet Place is among the film lineup at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), with the John Krasinski-directed film set to open the nine-day event.

Janet Pierson, SXSW's Director of Film, is pleased to have the Paramount Pictures film as the festival's opening-night movie. Pierson praised A Quiet Place, a horror suspense story starring Krasinski and real-life wife Emily Blunt.

"Not only do we love its originality, suspense and amazing cast, we love seeing artists stretch and explore. While this is not Krasinski's first feature as writer and director, it's an exciting evolution for this multi-talented artist." Pierson said in a statement.

Other cast of A Quiet Place are Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe. The film, with screenplay by Krasinski, Scott Beck, and Bryan Woods, follows a family who lives in quiet solitude in the woods. They use sign language to communicate with each other, which viewers will later see is a choice and not a necessity.

With the tagline "If they can't hear you, they can't hunt you," the family (Krasinski, Blunt, Jupe, and Simmonds) avoids making any sound at all cost for fear of being attacked. Indeed, "silence is survival" is the main theme of the film.

Paramount Pictures released the official trailer for A Quiet Place on Nov. 16, 2017. The preview now has 5,293,213 views as of this writing.

Other headliners in the 2018 Southwest Film Festival are Universal's Blockers, from director Kay Cannon, Boundaries from director Shana Feste, Paradox from Daryl Hannah, and Sony Classic's Final Portrait from director and actor Stanley Tucci.

The lineup of movies at the festival is identified into 12 categories: Headliners, Documentary Feature Competition, Narrative Spotlight, Visions, Documentary Spotlight, Episodic, Global, 24 Beats Per Second, Special Events, Narrative Feature Competition, Midnighters, and Festival Favorites.

A total of 132 films will be shown during the nine days of the South by Southwest Film Festival, with 44 coming from first-time filmmakers. Talking about this year's lineup, Pierson said that she could not be more excited about the future as they present the films at this year's SXSW.

"This year's slate, while peppered with works from many of our alumni, remains focused on new voices, new directors and a range of films that entertain and enlighten," Pierson said about the diversity of the films at this year's SXSW.

A Quiet Place opens in U.S. theaters on April 6. Meanwhile, the SXSW festival takes place from March 9 to 18.

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