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SXSW to Open With Pete Davidson Film Directed by Judd Apatow

SXSW to Open With Pete Davidson Film Directed by Judd Apatow

<p>A new film directed by Judd Apatow and starring <i>SNL </i>regular Pete Davidson will be opening the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, according to <i>The Los Angeles Times</i>. “I am excited to return to SXSW. In fact I just made this movie so I had a reason to return to SXSW,” said Apatow. The film, called <i>The King of Staten Island</i>, is co-written by Apatow, Davidson and Dave Sirus. In the film, Davidson’s character is a burnout living on Staten Island in New York City with his mother, played by Marisa Tomei. Janet Pierson, director of film for SXSW, explained why it was chosen to open the festival. “When you think of Judd Apatow, you’re thinking it’s going to be funny, it’s going to be loose,” Pierson said, “and this film just ripped our hearts out.” She added, “You just fall in love with Pete Davidson in a way that you just feel so much compassion for him,” she said. “He’s us, he’s a flawed human being, and you just love him. And so starting [the festival] with that, it really sets a tone in an important way.” The South by Southwest festival runs from March 13 to March 22 in Austin, Texas.</p>

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2020-01-15/south-by-southwest-film-festival-lineup-judd-apatow-pete-davidson