The first episode of Queen of the South, the new USA network series shot in North Texas, will premiere as part of the Dallas International Film Festival running April 14-24.
Queen of the South, which will screen April 16 at the City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District, is a drama starring Alice Braga (City of God, I Am Legend, Elysium) who plays a woman who escapes to Texas after her drug-dealer boyfriend is killed in Mexico. It’s based on the novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte.
Below are some other notable screenings at the Dallas International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Screenings will be at the Angelika Dallas and the new Alamo Drafthouse near downtown Dallas.
Online ticket sales for Dallas Film Society members begin March 21 at dallasfilm.org. Sales open to the general public March 24. The box-office at Mockingbird Station, 5307 E. Mockingbird, Dallas, opens on March 31. For more information, go to diff2016.dallasfilm.org.
Morris from America: A favorite on the festival circuit, this affable story of an African-American teenager trying to fit in in Heidelburg, Germany won the Special Jury prize at Sundance this year.
Tower and A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story: Director Keith Maitland has two films in the festival. Tower, the winner of the Documentary Feature Grand Jury award at SXSW, looks back at the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas Tower. A Song for You tells the story of the groundbreaking Austin City Limits TV show, a 40-year-old institution that has featured the likes of Willie Nelson, Radiohead, Ray Charles, and Stevie Ray Vaughan among many, many others.
High Rise: The new film from Ben Wheatley (Kill List) is based on a J.G. Ballard novel about a skyscraper apartment building whose floors are indicative of social class. Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss and James Purefoy star.
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru: The new doc from acclaimed Joe Berlinger (Whitey: United States of America v James J. Bulger, Paradise Lost) takes a look at Robbins, the famous self-help pioneer and life coach.
Daylight’s End: Max Max comes to Texas? That’s what this post-apocalyptic action/horror adventure sounds like. Set in the Lone Star State after a plague has devastated the population, a drifter runs into a band of survivors who need his help. Lance Henriksen stars. Filmed in Mineral Wells and Dallas.
Miss Sharon Jones!: Part of the festival’s Deep Ellum Sounds music-themed selections, this documentary profiles the lead singer of the lauded R&B group the Dap Kings as she has to face a cancer diagnosis.
Johnnie To’s Office: Here’s something you don’t see every day: a musical from Hong Kong set in a corporation during the 2008 financial collapse. Chow Yun-fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) stars.
Occupy, Texas: This is a world premiere of a Texas-shot drama about an Occupy protester who returns home to his upper-middle-class Texas life. Janine Turner, Lorelei Linklater (Boyhood), and Gene Gallerano star.
Hotel Dallas: This one sounds surreal. Mixing documentary and fiction, it’s set in 1980s Romania where the show Dallas is the only American show allowed on TV. Inspired by the show, a man creates a life-size replica of the Dallas mansion. Meanwhile his daughter moves to the U.S. and directs a film starring Dallas’ Patrick Duffy.
Other People: Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemmons star in this drama about a gay comedy writer in New York who returns home to Sacramento to care for his mother. It was nominated for a the Grand Jury prize at Sundance.
Complete Unknown: Michael Shannon (99 Homes, Take Shelter) stars as a man who finds his life turned upside down when an ex-girlfriend (Rachel Weisz) comes back into his life. Danny Glover and Kathy Bates co-star.
I Promise You Anarchy: Part of the festival’s Latino Showcase, this is a film from Mexico City about two teens tied up in Mexico City’s illegal blood trade. It’s collected all sorts of honors on the global festival circuit.
Sing Street: This one had lots of great word-of-mouth at SXSW. Set in ‘80s Dublin, it revolves around a 14-year-old who forms a band.
A Tale of Love and Darkness: Natalie Portman directs and stars in this story set in the early days in the state of Israel. It’s based on the Amos Oz bestseller.
Three Days in August: World premiere of the film starring Barry Bostwick, Meg Foster and Mariette Hartley about an artist whose life is thrown into stark relief when both sets of parents visit so she can paint a family portrait.
Halfway: Jeff DeMunn (The Walking Dead) and Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side) star in this drama about a black man on probation in a conservative, white farm town.
Transpecos: A thriller set along the U.S./Mexico border about three Border Patrol agents who come across something disturbing. Gabriel Luna, Johnny Simmons, and Clifton Collins Jr. star. Nominated for the Grand Jury award at SXSW.
Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke: Austin’s Broken Spoke is a renowned Texas honky tonk that has hosted the likes of Bob Wills, George Jones, and Willie Nelson. It now gets its due in this documentary featuring Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dale Watson and more.