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

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Next Two Days

Things you don't want to miss during the next two days.

Tonight - BELLA Centerpiece Screening presented by VISTAS Film Festival (Dir. Alejandro Monteverde) - 7 p.m. tonight @ AMC Northpark - Monteverde’s thought-provoking story of a former soccer star and the relationship he develops with a waitress he’s never met, shows that the director & writer has a dynamic touch. And the cast, led by Eduardo Verástegui, is brilliant. Monteverde and Verástegui answer questions at a special reception.

March 28 - THE ORANGE THIEF (Dirs. Boogie Dean, Vinnie Angel and Artie Wilinski) - 5 p.m. @ Magnolia (and again March 31, 6 p.m.) - This Italian film by three first-time filmmakers and non-professional actors is soaked in the sun and dangers of living in Sicily - especially if you swipe citrus.

March 28 - AMERICAN FORK (Dir. Chris Bowman) - 5:15 p.m. @ Magnolia 5 (and again March 29, 10:30 p.m.) - Part of the American Visions series, an overweight, poetry-writing grocery clerk searches for fame while weathering his family’s good intentions and the comedy of everyday life.

March 29 - Deep Ellum Sounds - PUNK’S NOT DEAD (Dir. Susan Dynner) - 7:15 p.m. @ AFC (and again March 30, 5 p.m.) - KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON (Dir. AJ Schnack) - 10 p.m. AFC (and again April 1, 2 p.m. @ Magnolia) - Three-chords and a bad attitude can lead to success, but at what cost? Susan Dynner’s punk feature examines how the genre’s success has trounced its founding philosophies. And AJ Schnack’s portrait of Cobain follows an unusual route through audio conversations between Nirvana’s singer and music writer Michael Azerrad.

March 29 - JUST SEX AND NOTHING ELSE (Dir. Krisztina Goda) - 7:30 p.m. @ Magnolia (and again March 30 5:15 p.m.) - In this Hungarian film, a thirty-something playwright gets fed up with finding Mr. Right and places a personal ad "just for sex." Guess who responds?