It looks like almost every “black film” we’ve talked about in recent months will screen at this year’s installment of the Dallas International Film Festival which I won’t be attending unfortunately; but thankfully I’ve seen almost all of these.
But those of you in that city, and vicinity, should be getting excited because you’re in for some treats!
Just dig in below… 111 films representing 27 countries, 5 World Premieres, 1 North American Premieres, 1 U.S Premiere and 36 Texas Premieres; and the festival is only in its 6th year!
So what should you be looking out for from those 111 titles:
WOLF (USA) Director: Ya’Ke Smith A family is shaken to the core when they discover that their son has been molested. As they struggle to deal with the betrayal, their son heads towards a total mental collapse because of his love for his abuser. Cast includes Irma P. Hall, Mikala Gibson, Shelton Jolivette and Jordan Cooper.
AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY (USA) – Texas Premiere Director: Terence Nance Nance’s explosively creative debut feature documents the relationship between Nance and a young woman as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic delving into his own male psyche when she stands him up. Stars Alisa Becher, Jc Cain, Dexter Jones and Namik Minter.
LUV (USA) – Texas Premiere Director: Sheldon Candis Over the course of one day, a shy 13-year-old forms a bond with his troubled uncle as he shows the boy what it takes to be a man in Baltimore. Starring newcomer Michael Rainey, Jr., Common, Michael K. Williams, Danny Glover, Meagan Good and Charles S. Dutton.
INTOUCHABLES (France) – Texas Premiere Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano A true story of two men who should never have met: a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects. Starring François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot and Clotilde Mollet.
BROOKLYN CASTLE (USA) Director: Katie Dellamaggiore Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, BROOKLYN CASTLE takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school’s champion chess team.
UNDER AFRICAN SKIES (USA) Director: Joe Berlinger Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the incredible journey of his historic Graceland album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime. Among those appearing in the film are Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey and Paul Simon.
TCHOUPITOULAS (USA) Directors: Bill Ross, Turner Ross Three young brothers take to the night streets of New Orleans in this sensory and kaleidoscopic odyssey.
LIFE AND FREAKY TIMES OF UNCLE LUKE (USA) Director: Jillian Mayer A modern adaptation of the 1962 French short film ‘La Jetee’, the film recounts Luke’s (Uncle Luke, legendary rapper from the hip-hop group 2 Live Crew) rise to fame as he changes the face of hip-hop, fights for first amendment rights, and later ushers Miami into a golden era of peace and prosperity as Mayor.
And these are just the titles I immediately recognize; I have yet to spend time going through the full list for any new titles we haven’t yet profiled on S&A.
Oh, and by the way, Gabourey Sidibe will be present to receive the festival’s Shining Star Award, which will be given during the DFS Honors celebration on April 20th. Precious will also be screened the day after, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. at the Angelika.
The 11-day festival begins April 12. The box office is now open… HERE.