AFI Dallas Film Festival Announces 15 Official Selections

     February 3, 2009




Written by Nicole Pedersen


Yesterday we posted a list of the films that would be in competition at the 22nd annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Not to be outdone, today another of Texas‘ film festivals (surprisingly they do have more than two), The American Film Institute Dallas Film Festival, has announced fifteen of the selections that they will feature when the festival kicks off on March 26th.


A good deal of these films will look familiar to you if, like me, you are a connoisseur of official festival selection lists. Once again, Sundance favorite “Moon” has made the cut along with “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead”, a horror-comedy which premiered at the Slamdance festival last month.



Among the premieres at AFI Dallas are three world-premiere documentaries and three films that will make their US premieres during the festival’s eight day run from March 26th through April 2nd. Here’s the fifteen films that AFI has confirmed so far:




ART & COPY (USA)


Director: Doug Pray


Documentary explores the creation of the modern advertising industry, the people behind it, and its influence on popular culture.



THE BURNING PLAIN (USA)


Director: Guillermo Arriaga


Cast: Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger


A drama with employs multiple storylines featuring a mother and daughter who try to form a bond after the young woman’s difficult childhood.



CHILDREN OF INVENTION (USA)


Director: Tze Chun


Cast: Cindy Chung, Michael Chen, Crystal Chiu


Drama follows a Chinese American family as they struggle to achieve the American Dream in suburban Boston.

FOOD, INC. (Canada) US Premiere


Director: Robert Kenner


Documentary takes a look at food preparation, industrialized and otherwise for the mass population.



GIGANTIC (USA) US Premiere


Director: Matt Aselton


Cast: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, Jane Alexander, Ed Asner


Comedy is centered around a mattress salesman and a young woman he meets at his store.



HUNGER (United Kingdom)


Director: Steve McQueen


Cast: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham, Liam McMahon


Drama takes a harrowing look at the last six weeks in the life of imprisoned Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands.



MOON (United Kingdom)


Director: Duncan Jones


Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey


Drama follows the lone occupant of a lunar mining base as he prepares to return to earth and his life at home.



ONE NATION (USA) World Premiere


Director: Justin Wilson


Documentary provides an artful look at 1968 through a pastiche of images from that year.



PLAYGROUND (USA) World Premiere


Director: Libby Spears


Executive Producers: Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney


Documentary explores the rampant worldwide child sex trafficking industry.



RIP A REMIX MANIFESTO (Canada)


Director: Brett Gaylor


Documentary looks at the changing landscape of music in The Internet Age focusing on the line between musical inspiration and copyright infringement.



ROCK PROPHECIES (USA) World Premiere


Director: John Chester


The documentary is a backstage pass into the eccentric world of rock n’ roll from the vantage point of an obsessed photographer, Robert M. Knight, who at 18 years old captured and befriended Jimi Hendrix and the members of Led Zeppelin, well before they became the iconic stars we know them as today..



ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE UNDEAD (USA)


Director: Jordan Galland


Cast: Jake Hoffman, Devon Aoki, Ralph Macchio, Jeremy Sisto


Comedy about a theater director who finds himself in the middle of a two thousand year old conspiracy involving Shakespeare, the Holy Grail and vampires.



THE SEVEN OF DARAN (USA) US Premiere


Director: Lourens Blok


Cast: Jonathan Harmse, Ketrice Maitisa, Caroline Goodall


Children’s tale follows an English boy on an African adventure with the help of a talking giraffe and a precious medallion.



SKIN (UK/South Africa)


Director: Anthony Fabian


Cast: Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Alice Krige


Set in 1955 and based on a true story, the film looks at the social and personal impact on two white Afikaner parents and their daughter in rural South Africa, after the girl is born with dark skin.



SUGAR (USA)


Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck


Cast: Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino


Drama about a Dominican baseball star that is signed to a minor league contract.

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