The Oak Cliff Film Festival returns this week, offering its usual assortment of smart programming and special events at a variety of locations in Oak Cliff and downtown Dallas. Here are some of the movies worthy of attention this year.
David Lowery Presents: Flight of the Navigator: North Texas director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, the new Pete’s Dragon) showcases the 1986 Disney film about a 12-year-old boy who finds himself in the midst of a mystery and an adventure. Lowery will be in attendance, and the new trailer for Pete’s Dragon will be shown. 8:45 p.m. Saturday outdoors on Bishop Street in the Bishop Arts District.
De Palma: Directors Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Greenberg, While We’re Young) and Jake Paltrow turn their lens on one of the icons of American cinema, Brian De Palma, director of such films as Carrie, Scarface, Body Double and Dressed to Kill. This is one of the most anticipated documentaries of the year. 5:45 p.m. Sunday at the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd.
The Fits: There’s a lot of buzz about this indie about an 11-year-old girl who will do almost anything to fit into a dance team she has joined. The New York Times has called it a “dreamy, beautifully syncopated coming-of-age tale.” 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St.
Hunky Dory: The changing nature of fatherhood is at the core of this drama about a drag queen who finds himself suddenly having custody of his 11-year-old son. Star and co-writer Tomas Pais will be in attendance. 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St.
The Alchemist Cookbook: Michigan indie director Joel Potrykus made the striking 2014 film Buzzard, and now he’s back with this saga of a young loner living in a trailer in the woods. But then the guy finds out he may not be alone after all. 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Texas Theatre.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople: A hit on the festival circuit and a real crowd-pleaser, this dramedy about a kid and his foster dad going on the lam in the forests of New Zealand may be the most mainstream contemporary film on the schedule. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying it. It’s directed by Taika Waititi, who made the cult mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. 8 p.m. Sunday at the Texas Theatre.
Last Night at the Alamo: This is a restored version of the 1983 film by the late Texas director Eagle Pennell. Shot in Houston, it stars Sonny Carl Davis and Lou Perryman as guys who hatch a plan to try and save their favorite dive bar. SXSW co-founder Louis Black will be in attendance to talk about the film. 8 p.m. Thursday at the Texas Theatre.
Los Punks: We Are All We Have: Punk rock has taken root in what might seem an unlikely place — among Hispanic kids in South Central and East Los Angeles. This doc explores the scene. The screening will also feature an afterparty in the Wild Detectives back yard. 8:30 p.m. Friday at The Wild Detectives bookstore, 314 W. Eighth St.
Neon Bull: This award-winning Brazilian film is about a group of rodeo riders in northeastern Brazil and their dreams of leaving their impoverished life. This is the Texas premiere. 8:15 p.m. Sunday at Bishop Arts Theatre Center.
Phantom of the Paradise: Brian De Palma’s 1974 cult classic about a disfigured composer and the woman he loves. Dallas’ Majestic Theatre was one of the filming locations. Actress Jessica Harper will be in attendance and take part in a Q&A. 8 p.m. Friday at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St.
Oak Cliff Film Festival
- Various locations, including the Texas Theatre, Kessler Theater, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, The Wild Detectives bookstore and the Majestic Theatre
- Most screenings $10