Zac Efron as Ted Bundy, Caddo Lake and the Mid­dle East all get a plat­form at Dal­las film fest

The Dallas Morning News - - ARTS & LIFE - Michael Gran­berry

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.

Michael Clouser/DIFF

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