Zac Efron as Ted Bundy, Caddo Lake and the Middle East all get a platform at Dallas film fest
As serial killers go, the late Ted Bundy is having quite a comeback. He recently became the focal point of a highly popular Netflix series, and now, a feature film overseen by the same director who will launch the 2019 Dallas International Film Festival. The Hollywood treatment of Bundy stars Zac Efron, whose portrayal of a disarming killer — Extremely Wicked, Shocking
ly Evil, and Vile — ushers in the opening night of the festival, with screenings at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre on Thursday.
Other highlights include director Michael Rowley (pictured) screening the world premiere of his movie, Hurdle, in his hometown of Dallas. That one happens on Friday night, with a repeat showing on April 16. The website for Hurdle offers this description: “In the shadow of a wall stands a new generation of Palestinian. With defiant creativity, they prove that no matter the height of the obstacle, one can always climb.”
The festival will also screen Diamantino, which last year ended up as the grandprize winner during Cannes Critics Week. “It chronicles the fall from grace of a top football [soccer] player after his knee collapses and ends his career. What follows is a descent into and exploration of numerous dark sides of life,” reports Variety.
For those who like comedy and don’t mind dark comedy, Before You Know It is the story of two sisters who find out “that the mother they thought was dead is alive and starring on a soap opera.” And what do you know, even Dallas restaurateur Shannon Wynne has coproduced an animated short film featured in the festival. There’s Something in the Water chronicles the destructive power of an invasive Brazilian plant species at Caddo Lake, where Wynne has a longtime second home.
Details: For a full schedule of events and other info, visit dallasiff.org.