DIFF just announced that Academy Award-nominated actress Laura Linney will join the elite recipients list of this year's Dallas Star Awards. She'll participate in a Q&A session at the Nasher on April 14 at 11 a.m., followed by a 2:45 screening at the Angelika of You Can Count on Me, which won Linney her first Oscar nom for Best Actress in a Lead Role.
Also announced are the Opening Night, Saturday and Thursday evening centerpiece films, all plucked from Sundance. Opening Night Gala attendees will gather at the historic Majestic Theatre on April 12 for red carpet celebrations and Josh Radnor's newest full-length, Liberal Arts, starring Zac Efron, Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen. It centers around Jesse, a thirty-something who's been invited back to his alma mater, only to meet (and fall for) a 19-year old college student.
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Saturday gets a hit of comedy with a screening of Todd Louiso's (High Fidelity, Thank You For Smoking) newest work Hello I Must Be Going. Melanie Lynskey (Win Win, Up In The Air) is supported from Blythe Danner, Christopher Abbott and Julie White in this film about a New York photographer (Lynskey) who's just signed off on her divorce. She'll have to take a sabbatical at her family's suburban home in Connecticut -- and possibly dive into a distracting, new romance in order to recover. Catch it at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station on Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Mavs fans brace yourselves for Thursday night's centerpiece documentary, The Other Dream Team. It's the story of Lithuania's 1992 Olympic Basketball Team. Coached by Donnie Nelson (Dallas Mavs' GM) this unlikely group of athletes triumphed in Barcelona. (Think Cool Runnings without the bob sledding.) Donnie Nelson will be joined by some of the original team's members at the Thursday night, April 19th 7:30 p.m. screening at the Magnolia.