There is a magical 10-day stretch each spring when culture lovers will gladly trade our rare window of beautiful weather for hours upon hours spent inside a cold, dark room. It’s the Dallas International Film Festival, and it kicks off Thursday, running through April 22 at Angelika Dallas and Magnolia theaters as well as other special screening locations. For the casual attendee (read: no badge, no Excel spreadsheet of must-sees, no FourSquare mayorship of DIFF theaters), we recommend you get online or to the Prekindle box office at Mockingbird Station now to secure your screening tickets for buzzed-about titles. Take for instance, the showing of Liberal Arts, starring Elizabeth Olsen, Zach Efron, Josh Radnor and Richard Jenkins, or Lawrence Kasdan’s Darling Companion, starring Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline and Elizabeth Moss. But DIFF is not all fictional feature films. The documentary categories always hold several gems. This year, eyes are on Brooklyn Castle, the story of inner-city kids finding their way to school stardom through chess; First Position, following the six ballet dancers fighting to win scholarship and fame; The Invisible War, examining sexual assault within our armed forces; and No Ashes, No Phoenix, which tells of a German basketball team’s star player Michael Jordan (not that one). Animated shorts, student shorts, family films and just about any other type of film you can want are almost ready for the watching. Cuban zombie flick? Check. Japanese psycho-drama? Yup. Visit dallasfilm.org for tickets, tips on attending DIFF, details on celebrity appearances (Laura Linney and Gabourey Sidibe, for example) and a complete schedule.
April 12-22, 2012