DIFF’s Movie Musicals… and 5,6,7,8
by Alex Garcia Topete
In an age when HAMILTON commands Broadway and LA LA LAND was the most acclaimed feel-good movie of the awards season worldwide, musicals are clearly making a comeback among audiences—and in DIFF 2017, it won’t be any different, ranging from family classics to new films from south of the border.
Audiences will be able to enjoy Disney’s animated classic THE JUNGLE BOOK, following Mowgli’s adventures as a child in the not-so-wild jungle, while also revisiting the songs that have made residence in the hearts of generations. Who doesn’t hum The Bear Necessities from time to time?
There’s also the satirical classic HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, David Swift’s 1967 take on corporate life. Adapted from a Tony-Award-winning musical choreographed by legendary Bob Fosse, the film adaptation has transported audiences to a half-fantastical, half-cartoonish version of Manhattan that pokes fun at the routine of boardrooms, cubicles, and watercooler circles, so entrenched today as they were back in the sixties.
Rounding up the classics line-up, Joshua Logan’s CAMELOT depicts King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and all the political and family drama that arose among the group—all with magnificent songs, lavish sets, and lively choreographies belonging to the best royal courts.
Last but not least, Frank Perez-Garland’s CRAZY IN LOVE (LOCOS DE AMOR) promises to become a blockbuster throughout Latin America. This contemporary rom-com-themed musical set in Peru, full of 80s and 90s Spanish-language pop hits, is so full of joy and good vibes (along with good music) that audiences will want to sing along no matter the language barriers.
Ultimately, it’s time to face the music to the tune of DIFF 2017’s musicals!
DALLAS STAR AWARDBILL PAXTON (POSTHUMOUSLY)
Bill Paxton was an award-winning actor and filmmaker from Texas. In 1992, he landed his first leading role in ONE FALSE MOVE. Paxton went on to star in several hit films including ALIENS (1985), APOLLO 13 (1995), TWISTER (1996) and TITANIC (1997)
L.M. KIT CARSON
DAVID GORDON GREEN
This year’s L.M. Kit Carson Maverick Award Honoree is writer/director David Gordon Green. David Gordon Green’s debut feature, GEORGE WASHINGTON (2000) won the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and his second feature, ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003) received a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
SHINING STAR AWARDZOEY DEUTCH
This year’s Shining Star Award Honoree is Zoey Deutch. Zoey Deutch is an actress known for VAMPIRE ACADEMY (2014), EVERYBODY WANTS SOME! (2016) and WHY HIM? (2016). Most recently, Zoey Deutch starred in two films selected at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, REBEL IN THE RYE and BEFORE I FALL.