Don’t get us wrong. We love a good film festival. But sometimes they can seem more “embarrassment of riches” than we can stomach. (“I loved that movie. Wait, was that the one about the family of hunchbacks in the Ozarks or the candymakers in the Alps?”)
Voilà--a cheat sheet to this year’s Dallas International Film Festival, which runs from April 4 to 14. (Our working title: How to Navigate More Than 175 Films in 10 Days.)
On Location The seven-year-old festival has always had a spread-the-love mentality, with various venues scattered around Dallas. But you don’t need to wear down your heels this year, as Look Cinemas takes top honors for the best screening location. The brand-new complex, set to open to the public on March 29, will show festival movies in auditoriums with 70-foot curved screens and first-in-Dallas Dolby Atmos sound, which makes the sound seem to envelop the audience. Add in-house food by Nick & Sam’s Grill, and we’re champing at the bit.
Star Search We’ll gladly join the line for Mud, a Mississippi-set throwback fable starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon; Decoding Annie Parker, a drama about cancer featuring Helen Hunt; and 42, a Jackie Robinson biopic that looks positively uplifting (and irresistible).
Viva, Italia With a special focus on Italy, this year’s festival will screen such memorable films as 8½ (it’s the movie’s 50th anniversary) and the Roberto Benigni exultant sob-fest Life Is Beautiful.