I am excited as always about the upcoming Dallas International Film Festival! This year’s fest takes place April 11-18 at The Magnolia Theater and Studio Movie Grill. Be sure and grab a festival pass or download the Atom ticket app for easy purchasing of individual screenings.
I am still in the early stages of my fest planning but have lined up a handful of films and locked them on my calendar. From Docs to family films to world cinema; DIFF has it all.
Thursday April 11th
7 pm | The Opening Night Film Gala: EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE | Synopsis: A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
Friday April 12th
7:45 pm | Premiere Series: WILD ROSE | Synopsis: A musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star.
10 pm | Premiere Series: THE DEATH OF DICK LONG | Synopsis: Holy crap. Dick is dead. Died last night after band practice, and his bandmates, Zeke and Earl, don’t want anybody finding out how. That’s too bad though, ’cause news travels fast in small-town Alabama, and these guys suck at covering their tracks. The authorities haven’t ID’d the body just yet, but Zeke’s wife and his daughter are getting more and more suspicious.
Saturday April 13th
12:15 pm | Premiere Series: HER SMELL | Synopsis: Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is a ’90s rock superstar who once filled arenas with her band Something She. When her excesses derail a national tour, she’s forced to reckon with her past while recapturing the inspiration that led her band to success.
5:30 pm | Premiere Series: NON-FICTION | Synopsis: Alain(Guillame Canet), a successful Parisian publisher struggling to adapt to the digital revolution, has major doubts about the new manuscript of Léonard(Vincent Macaigne), one of his long-time authors -another work of autofiction recycling his love affair with a minor celebrity. Selena(Juliette Binoche), Alain’s wife, a famous stage actress, is of the opposite opinion.
11:30 pm | Midnight Specials: IN FABRIC | Synopsis: From acclaimed horror director Peter Strickland (the singular auteur behind the sumptuous sadomasochistic romance The Duke of Burgundy and auditory gaillo-homage Berberian Sound Studio) comes a truly nightmarish film, at turns frightening, seductive, and darkly humorous. Channeling voyeuristic fantasies of high fashion and bloodshed, In Fabric is Strickland’s most twisted and brilliantly original vision yet.
Sunday April 14th
11:45 am | Texas Feature Competition: JADDOLAND | Synopsis: A visit to her mother’s home art studio in Texas prompts the filmmaker to explore the meaning of home and the search for belonging across three generations of her Iraqi family.