The Dallas International Film Festival is once again right around the bend, offering up 75 features and 47 shorts from 31 countries. What to see? Where to start?
As always, we're here to help. Here's our annual rundown of 10 DIFF films to keep an eye on. The action runs March 30-April 9.
On with the show.
Band Aid — Zoe Lister-Jones directed this squabbling comedy about a husband and wife who milk their acrimony for musical inspiration. Fred Armisen and Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm) lend a hand.
Beach Rats — A drifting Brooklyn teen (Harris Dickinson) escapes his bleak home life though increasingly risky sexual exploration. The film has earned plaudits at both Sundance and the New Directors/New Film festival in New York.
Bomb City — A drama about a group of small-town Texas punk rockers who clash with the locals. Bad consequences ensue.
Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape — Don't press fast-forward: Thurston Moore, Henry Rollins, Daniel Johnston and DJ Red Alert are among those testifying to the glory of the cassette in this documentary.
City of Ghosts — This acclaimed documentary spotlights Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a group of citizen journalists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS.
Dayveon — Another Sundance favorite, this drama follows an Arkansas adolescent (Devin Blackmon) torn between gang life and the calming influence of his sister's boyfriend.
Dolores — A documentary profile of Dolores Huerta, the labor advocate who fought alongside Cesar Chavez for farmworkers' rights.
Gook — A drama about two Korean-American brothers in Los Angeles and the racial violence surrounding the Rodney King riots of 1992.
Step — This documentary focuses on three Baltimore teens and the purpose they find in their step dance team.
Trophy — An in-depth documentary look at the world of big-game hunting, from its moral implications to its financial realities.
Plan your life
The 2017 Dallas International Film Festival runs March 30-April 9. For more information visit dallasfilm.org.