With so many female-driven films and strong roles at this year's fest, and in the spirit of the opening night film, we'll be profiling some of the most kick-ass females representing at SXSW this week. First up: Barry Munday and Mr. Nice star Chloe Sevigny.
Chloe Sevigny has been a staple of the indie film scene ever since her debut in Larry Clark's Kids, one of a handful of young actresses whose careers are comprised of consistently challenging roles and few critical missteps. She's worked with a litany of modern-day auteurs (including Werner Herzog, Harmony Korine, Woody Allen, David Fincher, and Lars von Trier), and stars on HBO's unorthodox drama Big Love. Naturally, Sevigny ranks atop our list of the bold and daring ladies representing this year's SXSW slate.
Cinematical caught up with Sevigny the day after Barry Munday, the first of her two films at the festival, debuted. (Her second film, Mr. Nice, premiered the next day.) Barry Munday, written and directed by Chris D'Arienzo (Broadway's Rock of Ages), is the crowd-pleasing tale of a verifiable douche bag (Patrick Wilson) who only truly becomes a man when he loses his testicles in a horrible incident; Sevigny and Judy Greer star as two polar opposite sisters who become involved in Barry's life. As the packed premiere screening at Austin's Paramount theater attested, SXSW was probably the perfect place to debut the off-the-wall comedy, which features a memorable scene involving Sevigny, a strip club, and the classic Whitesnake ditty, "Here I Go Again On My Own." (Read Peter Martin's review here.)