Monday, April 1, 2013

Javi's Most Anticipated DIFF 2013 Films

It's that time of the year again with the Dallas International Film Festival coming up. As always, the programmers have a good mix of international and "mainstream" films with a little bit of something for everyone. If you're planning to attend the screening, click on the titles and the links will take you to the dates locations along with information on where to buy tickets.

And without further ado, here are my most anticipated movies of the festival.

Black and white Spanish Snow White adaptation? Sure why not. It looks stylish as hell but not in the "gritty remake" vein of SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN. In addition, most of the darker Spanish films from the last few festivals I have been to have been amazing. For example, THE LAST CIRCUS was one of my favorite movies of the year back 2011.

 Part of the reason this intrigued me is the plot where a couple down on their luck find a teapot that hands them cash, but the catch is that you have to physically harm yourself in order to get the money. However, eventually the pain has to escalate. This leads to the question of just how much you will harm yourself for the sake of money. This has to be a metaphor for something.

I feel like I have to catch at least one good Texas film every year at DIFF. This year it's no different with this story of friends that whose hunting trip goes awry. Apparently there's zombies or chupacabras or some other crazy business going on, so you know I'm on board.

I never got a chance to catch TAKE SHELTER, which was one of the most highly rated movies during 2011. But I'm really just excited to see Matthew McConaughey being an amazing actor and surprising us like he has in his last few movies. The trailers for this movie look intense, and they only show it during the super artsy movies. I have a feeling this will be one of the best movies of the festival.

A super smart, but apparently immature guy invents time travel and thinks the only way to use this technology is to get back at his college girlfriend for breaking his heart. As with all time travel movies, not everything goes according to plan nor is this story really about time travel, but rather a metaphor for relationships.

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