Little by little, the 2013 edition of the Dallas International Film Festival is taking shape. The Dallas Film Society has revealed the first 10 films to be included in the festival, and, as you would expect, they include a nice cross-section of Texas, national and international films, as well as big-name stars mixed with up-and-comers.
Among the first 10 films, the boldest name is that of Matthew McConaughey, who plays the titular role in Mud. In this thriller, two boys find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi River, who claims to be on the run from the law. The movie also stars Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon and Sam Shepard in smaller roles.
McConaughey plays the titular role in Mud, a thriller about two boys who find a man hiding out on an island in the Mississippi River.
The films include six narrative feature films and four documentaries. Aside from Mud, Buck Wild — not to be confused with the MTV series Buckwild — sounds like the most interesting of the fiction films, as it involves a hunting trip gone awry and, naturally, zombies.
The documentaries run the gamut from lighthearted to deadly serious, but perhaps the most topical is Terms and Conditions May Apply, which examines what exactly we're agreeing to when we agree to terms and conditions on various websites and smartphone apps. The film includes interviews with such notables as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and singer Moby.
Other films showing at DIFF 2013 include the following:
- The Dirties, a Canadian revenge fantasy turned reality
- God Loves Uganda, a documentary about what propaganda is being spread by fundamentalist Christians to unwitting Ugandans
- Jump, an Irish film about four twentysomethings and their intersecting lives
- Pit Stop, a Texas-set film about love and loss
- Renoir, a fiction film from France about the last years in the life of artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- Rising from the Ashes, a documentary narrated by Forest Whitaker about Rwandan cyclists looking to make the 2012 Olympics
- Stacker, a documentary about the growing sport of competitive cup stacking