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Dallas International Film Festival announces line-up

Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman in ‘5 Flights Up’
Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman in ‘5 Flights Up’ Focus World

The film festival portion of South by Southwest in Austin isn’t even over yet and one of the state’s other major film gatherings — the Dallas International Film Festival — announced its lineup Monday.

Highlights for the festival running April 9-19 include the North American premiere of the comedy Playing It Cool, starring Chris Evans, Luke Wilson and Aubrey Plaza; the drama 5 Flights Up with Morgan Freeman, Diane Keaton, and Cynthia Nixon; the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy starring Jon Cusack and Paul Dano; David Gordon Green’s drama Manglehorn with Al Pacino and Holly Hunter; The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to his acclaimed documentary The Act of Killing; and Welcome to Leith, the controversial documentary about a white supremacist who tries to take over a small, North Dakota town.

There will also be a spotlight on German films, including the North American premiere of Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot, a German documentary about Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki. Speaking of sports docs, one with intensely Texas interest is Lone Star Holy War, which is about the rivalry between the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M.

There are also programs of family-friendly films, music-oriented films under the banner of Deep Ellum Sounds, short subjects and a Latino film showcase.

The opening night film is I’ll See You in My Dreams, starring Blythe Danner, who will also be present to accept the Dallas Star Award. Also receiving such an award is director Jon Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Coming to America, National Lampoon’s Animal House).

The guys behind The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, missed out on getting an Oscar but they will be honored by DIFF with the Tex Avery Animation Award, which will be presented by Deep Ellum-based animation studio Reel FX.

Finally, Texas writer/producer/actor L.M. Kit Carson, known for penning Paris, Texas and David Holzman’s Diary among other works, will be presented with a posthumous Dallas Star Award.

Altogether there will be 165 films crammed into 11 days.

Online ticket sales for Dallas Film Society members begin March 16. Online ticket sales open to the general public March 19. A physical box-office at Mockingbird Station opens March 26. For more information, go to

Cary Darling, 817 390-7571

Twitter: @carydar

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