Daily updates from the first annual AFI DALLAS International Film Festival presented by Target, founding sponsor Victory Park, March 22 to April 1, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Characters on the Move Learn More Than They Bargain For


AFI DALLAS features a series of films that prove the old adage, "It's not the destination but the journey." These films involve people who have left their home in search of their souls, to hide from or confront their pasts and to chase down their dreams.

In EVE OF UNDERSTANDING, directed by Alyson Shelton, a young woman is sent on a road trip from Texas to Arizona to make peace with her troubling history, while Bogdan Aperti's THE LAST DAY OF DECEMBER follows a Romanian man’s return home to confront his own.

During Brad Siberling's drama 10 ITEMS OR LESS, a film star - played by Morgan Freeman - hitches a ride with a check out girl from the nearby grocery store.

In Itai Lev's LITTLE HEROES, four Israeli and Russian children embark on a courageous trek through the scenic Israeli desert while learning to accept those who are different from themselves.

Amy Talkington's THE NIGHT OF THE WHITE PANTS, starring Tom Wilkinson, Selma Blair and Nick Stahl, sees the patriarch of a distinguished but crumbling Dallas family hit the town with his daughter's punk rock boyfriend.

In a startling quest for redemption, 14-year-old Maddie Clifford employs sex, insulin syringes and an ill-fated rabbit in AARON KING'S REDEMPTION MADDIE.

Radu Jude's family-themed drama THE TUBE WITH A HAT details the arduous journey of a Romanian father and son who must travel a long way into town to get their broken television repaired by a distant handyman.

And in Joel Palombo's MILK AND OPIUM, an Indian music group hits the road with an English interpreter, while Logan Smalley's documentary DARIUS GOES WEST: THE ROLL OF HIS LIFE details the journey of eleven college students who take a friend with Duchenne Muscular Distrophy on a cross-country road trip.

All show the cliche is true: Life is less about the miles traveled than it is about the lessons learned along the way.

By Brittan Dunham, Staff Writer