The new film from Whit Stillman, Love & Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale, a documentary about legendary country musicians that includes an in-person appearance from Charley Pride, and a salute to actor Alfred Molina are some of the highlights in the just-announced lineup for this year’s USA Film Festival. The five-day event runs April 20-24 at the Angelika Dallas.
North Texas film fans always enjoy an abundance this time of year with the Dallas International Film Festival and the USA Film Festival taking place in the same month. This year, they overlap as DIFF runs April 14-24. For more information and the complete schedule, go to www.usafilmfestival.com.
Here’s some of what’s in store at USA:
Love & Friendship: Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco) is a long-time indie favorite and his latest is a take on the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan. It’s his first film in five years. Chloe Sevigny and Tom Bennett also star.
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Country: Portraits of an American Sound: Director Steven Kochones explores the history of country music that includes interviews with Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban and many more. Pride, who is also in the film, will be appearing with the director.
The Man Who Knew Infinity: Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Jeremy Irons star in this film based on a true story about Ramanujan, an Indian math whiz who goes to England to meet his mentor. The problem is it’s 1913 and Ramanujan has to put up with problems outside the world of the classroom.
Taking Back Oak Lawn: This documentary chronicles the activism sparked in the wake of a series of anti-gay assaults in Dallas’ Oak Lawn neighborhood in 2015.
Little Men: Alfred Molina stars in this family drama about best friends directed by Ira Sachs who made the indie fave Love Is Strange. Molina will be in attendance.
Element: Dallas director Jon Keeyes has made this Oklahoma-shot thriller about a financial advisor who’s shot and whose wife is murdered but he can’t remember much about the crime. Filmmakers will be in attendance.
Harry Benson: Shoot First: Renowned photographer Harry Benson is the focus of this documentary.
Opening night is a special dinner event at the restaurant Salum with Dallas actress Linda Gray. Separately, she will be hosting a shorts-film showcase on April 23.
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