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Dallas International Film Fest starts April 4

Dallas International Film Fest starts April 4

April 03
11:05 2013

Preston Barta

Film Critic


The 7th annual Dallas International Film Festival, hosted by the Dallas Film Society, commences tomorrow to bring people from around the world together to honor filmmakers, provide educational programs for students and celebrate the art of filmmaking.

This year, the festival will once again span 11 days, featuring 175 films from a total of 28 countries, with nightly red carpet entrances at theaters, area high schools and universities throughout Dallas the metroplex.

The North Texas Daily will be at the event, providing reviews and red carpet coverage. Below are some of the many films that we are excited about.

“Decoding Annie Parker”

Easily one of the most anticipated films of the festival and based on the remarkably true story spanning over 15 years, “Decoding Annie Parker” amiably tells of the almost discovery of the cure for cancer. The film features an all-star cast, including Samantha Morton (“Minority Report,” 2002), Rashida Jones (“Celeste and Jesse Forever,” 2012) and Academy Award-winner Helen Hunt.

“Decoding Annie Parker” will be screening at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Tuesday, April 9, and Thursday, April 11.


Receiving mixed reviews from its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, first-time director Walter Strafford brings together a fantastic cast of actors, including Brian Geraghty (“The Hurt Locker,” 2009) and comedian Jim Gaffigan (“Away We Go,” 2009) for a story about a man (Geraghty) who decides to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro after his girlfriend gives him the boot.

“Kilimanjaro” will be screening at Landmark’s The Magnolia this Saturday and Monday, April 8.

“The Kings of Summer”

Making his feature debut, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts offers a heartwarming and comical story with “The Kings of Summer,” a film about three friends (newcomers Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias) that decide to spend their summer living in the woods and building a house.

“The Kings of Summer” will be screening at The Magnolia, April 10 and 11, and is set to have its release some time during the summer.


Holding its regional premiere at SXSW, “Mud” is an entrancing coming-of-age tale that revolves around the adventures of two teenagers (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland) that come across a mysterious drifter named Mud, played by Matthew McConaughey in top form, who is hiding out on an island in the Mississippi River, awaiting the arrival of his beloved Juniper (an excellent Reese Witherspoon).

“Mud” will be screening at the Angelika Dallas this Friday, and will be opening nationwide at the end of the month.


The inspiring documentary “Stacker” takes audiences inside the intensely competitive world of speed stacking, a sport that involves young competitors stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible.

“Stacker” will be screening at the Angelika Dallas this Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about the festival and its films, visit

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