DIFF Extends Its Red Carpet: More Celebs, Honorees, And Films Announced

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Gabourey Sidibe is coming to DIFF

DIFF just informed us that a few more famouses will be in town for this year's Dallas International Film Festival, which runs April 12 through the 22. Ms. Gabourey Sidibe (Precious, based on the novel "Push," by Sapphire) has achieved much in her four-year career, and will be celebrated accordingly with the Dallas Shining Star Award. Costume designer Bernie Pollack is responsible for creating some of Hollywood's most memorable outfits like Harrison Ford's iconic Indiana Jones, and Dustin Hoffman's gear for both Rain Man and Tootsie) -- he is this year's recipient of the Dallas Star Award.

Other additions include a beefed-up South Korean Spotlight with three new films -- Punch, Quick and Secrets,Objects -- all making their Texas Premieres. Punch, one of Korea's largest box office draws of 2011, is the story of a teenager named Wan-deuk. It's tough growing up with a hunchbacked father and equally bizarre extended family, so Wan-deuk begins a sort of self-exile by exploring his own destructive path until he learns to channel it through kick boxing.Quick's plot is a lot like Speed, but cooler and on a motorcycle in Korea. Motorcycle messenger Ki-soo just saw a building explode, now there's a girl on the back of his bike with a bomb lodged in her helmet. They're going to have to drive fast if they want to make it out alive. Secrets,Objects is the story of a love affair between a 40-year old female Sociology professor and a 21-year-old research assistant. The subject of interest? Extramarital affairs, what else?

The Deep Ellum Sounds category was bolstered by the additions of Queens of Country (a tale of a gal and an ipod) and Tonight You're Mine (two feuding musicians get handcuffed together at a music festival.) Over in the World Cinema sphere we've got Policeman from Israel and Still Life (Austria).

In honor of Gabourey Sidibe, DIFF is screening Precious alongside its other two just-announced showings: Aladdin and Singin' In The Rain.

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