Frank, the offbeat Irish comedy directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal, is to screen at the SXSW (South by SouthWest) festival in Austin, Texas next month.

The critically acclaimed film will screen in the Festival Favorites section of SXSW, which "showcases acclaimed standouts and previous premieres".

Frank recently received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and has been picked up for US distribution.

It tells the story of wannabe musician Jon (Gleeson), who throws in his lot with an electronic pop group, "led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal)".

Frank will be released in Ireland in May. SXSW runs from March 7 to 16, with the film element running from March 7 to 15.

Written by Jon Ronson (The Men who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men who Stare at Goats), Frank is based on Ronson's memoir and is described as being "a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart".

Ronson previously played keyboards in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band.

Sidebottom creator Sievey passed away in 2010.

The film also stars Scoot McNairy (Argo, Killing Me Softly), musician Carla Azar (drummer on Jack White's Blunderbuss album) and French actor/musician Francois Civil.