Best Bets for the 2012 Dallas International Film Festival

March 22, 2012

The Dallas International Film Festival is almost upon us at AFC Dallas (4/13 â?? 4/22) and the just released their full schedule. Some highlights of this yearâ??s festival include:


Director: Josh Radnor

From actor/director Josh Radnor comes his follow up to last yearâ??s indie hit happythankyoumoreplease. When 30-something Jesse, played by Radnor, is invited back to his alma mater, he falls for a young 19 year old college student, played by last yearâ??s Sundance breakthrough performer Elizabeth Olsen, and is faced with the powerful attraction that springs up between them. Also starring Zac Efron, Allison Janney (JUNO), and Richard Jenkins.


Director: Michael Mohan

Two sisters, played brilliantly by Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie (funny ladies from some of our favorite TV shows) fumble their way along the road to happiness. Stuck between having it figured out and screwing it up, theyâ??re compelled to learn how to love and be loved in the moments when everything changes. Also stars Martin Starr and Mark Webber (SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD).


Director: Bob Byington

The film follows Max, his best friend Sal (played by Ron Swanson Nick Offerman), and a woman ( Jess Weixler, TEETH) they both adore â?? through 35 years of mandatory but apparently unfulfilling entanglements.


Director: Bart Layton

Layton uncovers the story about a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he was their 16-year-old son who went missing for 3 years. A hit at this yearâ??s Sundance Film Festival, this is a gripping documentary that must be seen to be believed.

ALPS (Greece)

Director: Giorgos Lanthimos

From the director that brought us last yearâ??s disturbing but engaging DOGTOOTH comes a more light hearted film that retains all the same quirkiness we have come to expect from Giorgos Lanthimos. Itâ??s about a nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and her coach who have formed a service for hire, standing in for dead people by appointment, hired by the relatives, friends or colleagues of the deceased.


Director: Nacho Vigalondo

From the visionary director of TIME CRIMES comes a take on an love story during an extraterrestrial invasion. Everyone knows what to do if the sky is suddenly full of UFOs: run as fast as you can. But what do you do if the invasion starts while youâ??re in the apartment of your dream girl, that you just met? Starring Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces, Julian Villagran, Raul Cimas and Miguel Noguera.

ROBOCOP (1987)

Director: Paul Verhoeven

This Dallasâ??made sci-fi film is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate than to watch it on the big screen at DIFFâ??s Closing Night Screening. In a dystopic and crime ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him. Starring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan Oâ??Herlihy, Ronny Cox and Kurtwood Smith.


Director: Craig Zobel

When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no one is left unharmed. Starring Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker (starring in the upcoming TV show Donâ??t Trust the Bâ??in Apartment 23), Pat Healy, Bill Camp and Philip Ettinger.


Director: Morgan Spurlock

From the director of SUPERSIZE ME and THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD comes this behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the worldâ??s largest comic book convention. Produced by Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, and Harry Knowles (Ainâ??t It Cool News) and featuring interviews with Seth Rogen, Eli Roth, and some real life fanboys and girls.


Director: Curtis Hanson
Chosen as the last film in Chris Vognarâ??s Screening Room Film Noir Series, it shows how the classic genre films in the series have influenced modern filmmaking and made way for a whole new subset of films called Neo Noir. The film celebrates its 15th Anniversary this year and looks to have some special guests in attendance for the screening. Starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito

View the full schedule and purchase tickets online at the 2012 Dallas International Film Festival.