With the Oscars honoring the movies of 2013 behind us, it's time to to fully commit to the films of 2014. The organizers of the Dallas International Film Festival know that, as they've announced the first 10 films for the upcoming 2014 edition, taking place April 3-13.
Joe, starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan from Mud, which played at last year's DIFF, is a drama about an unlikely friendship between an ex-con and a teenager.
Other noteworthy initial films include Words and Pictures, a film about two rival teachers starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche; Hellion, in which Aaron Paul plays the emotionally absent father to a 13-year-old juvenile delinquent; and the world premiere of Believe Me, a film co-starring Nick Offerman about four college students who start a fake Christian charity to earn money for college.
The other six films include three documentaries (Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo, Rich Hill and Above All Else); two foreign films (Ida from Poland and the North American premiere of Firestorm from Hong Kong); and a 30th anniversary screening of Paris, Texas, with various cast and crew in attendance at Texas Theatre.
The 11-day festival ultimately will screen more than 150 films at multiple theaters in the Dallas area. The festival will also debut Audience Awards this year, in which the favorite narrative feature, documentary feature and short film will each be awarded $5,000.
Passes for the full 2014 DIFF are now on sale at DallasFilm.org, ranging anywhere from $125 for a Festival Lounge Pass to $750 for an all-access Star Pass. Individual tickets will go on sale on March 17 and can either be bought online or in person at the Prekindle box office at Mockingbird Station.