The Little Rock Film Festival, scheduled for May 15-19, has almost finalized its lineup. After previously announcing slates for shorts and documentaries, it today announced its line-up of narratives (though I'm told a few more may trickle in). While I suspect the documentaries will be the strength of the fest, the scheduled narrative films look pretty great, too. As we've previously reported, director Destin Daniel Cretton's "Short Term 12," which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's SXSW, will open the festival on May 15 with screenings on both sides of the river. The film, about a supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers played by indie starlet of the moment Brie Larson (excellent in the non-indie "21 Jump Street), will screen at 6:30 p.m. at the Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock and 7:30 p.m. at the Rep.
Other highlights, with trailers, on the jump.
*“Burma,” dir. Carlos Puga. Chris Abbott (“Girls”) stars as the son of a man who abandoned his dying wife and three children only to return nine years later on the eve of an annual family reunion. The cast of the film won a special jury prize for acting at SXSW.
*"Good Night," dir. by Sean Gallagher. An ensemble drama that features Alex Karpovsky and Johny Mars (whose "America's Parking Lot" documentary about the Dallas Cowboys opened last year's festival) about a dinner party where thrown by someone with big, life-altering news to share.
*"Wajma: An Afghan Love Story," dir. Barmak Akram. A middle-class Afghan woman living in Kabul is courted by a man, who impregnates her, but then refuses to acknowledge paternity. The film won the World Cinema Dramatic Screenwriting prize at Sundance.
*“Zero Charisma,” dir. Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews. The story of a role-playing gamer caught in an existential crisis. The movie won a narrative spotlight award at SXSW.