The Dallas International Film Festival has announced its full line-up, a week after revealing 10 films that will be on its schedule. Running from April 3-13, DIFF promises to be especially intriguing and eclectic this year. If nothing else, we will finally get to see long-awaited documentary about Dallas’ legendary Starck Club. Here are some of the highlights:
Belle: Amma Asante’s anticipated period drama about the daughter of a white British admiral and a Caribbean slave who is torn between two worlds. Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw star.
Believe Me: Austin’s Riot Studios is known for its tongue-in-cheek takes on religion and this feature -- about a group of broke colleege students who launch a fake charity to raise money -- is in this vein. Nick Offerman stars.
Child of God: James Franco directs and stars in this drama based on the Cormac McCarthy novel about a twisted loner.
Doomsday Party: The latest Hong Kong action thriller is set in a near-future metropolis where an economic collapse has pushed everyone to the brink as several characters’ lives come to a crossroads during a bank heist.
Firestorm: Another action entry from Hong Kong, this one being a huge hit there in 2013. Andy Lau stars.
For No Good Reason: A documentary about artist Ralph Steadman featuring appearances from Johnny Depp and Terry Gilliam.
Heaven Is for Real: Greg Kinnear stars in this drama based on the bestseller about a boy who claims to have visited heaven after a near-death experience.
Hellion: Set in South Texas and starring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, this film chronicles the life of a single dad and his delinquent son.
Joe: Director David Gordon Green, once of North Texas, may be credited as the man who brought Nicolas Cage back to relevance with this Texas-set tale of a man who comes to the defense of a teenage boy. Cage gives a stirring performance, as does Tye Sheridan ( Mud) as the boy.
No No: A Dockumentary: There was a lot of buzz at SXSW about this documentary that fouses on ‘70s baseball player Dock Ellis who famously threw a no-hitter while high on LSD.
The Overnighters: Documentary about the thousands of (mostly) single, unattached men who’ve poured into Williston, North Dakota looking to get rich through hydraulic fracking and the controversial man, pastor Jay Reinke, who ministers to them.
Paris, Texas: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, and Dean Stockwell star in this Wim Wenders-directed, Sam Shepard-penned drama that’s celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Road to Austin: Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Schneider and more are featured in this documentary on how Austin came to be “the live music capital of the world.”
The Starck Club: At a time when the dance-club universe revolved around London and New York, Dallas found itself mentioned in the same breath thanks to The Starck Club where fashion, music and drugs (not necessarily in that order) were all on the menu. This documentary includes interviews with many who were there, including Owen Wilson, Larry Hagman, and famed DJ Paul Oakenfold.
Trust Me: Actor Clark Gregg ( Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) wrote and directed this drama about a failing Hollywood agent and his latest client, a 14-year-old girl.
We from Dallas: Teddy Cool’s documentary takes a loving look back and the history of Dallas hip-hop that features The D.O.C., Headkrack, Play of Play N Skillz, S1, and, yes, Vanilla Ice.
Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger: Acclaimed documentary director Joe Berlinger ( Brother’s Keeper, the Paradise Lost trilogy, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) turns his lens on the life of Whitey Bulger, the long-running Boston criminal who was found living quietly in Santa Monica.
Words and Pictures: Australian director Fred Schepisi ( Six Degrees of Separation) returns with this comedy drama starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche about a rivalry at a school where students fall into two warring camps: those who think words are more important, and those who think pictures are more important. This is the opening night film.
For a list of all films playing go to www.dallasfilm.org. Most screenings take place at the Angelika Dallas though the opening night movie will be at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District and other special events are at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, Cinemark West Plano, Klyde Warren Park, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Perot Museum. Beginning Monday, individual tickets will be available for purchase through the Prekindle box-office at Mockingbird Station in Dallas or online at http://diff2014.dallasfilm.org/