Special Presentation
Films that fall outside other categories yet merit their own screenings.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
USA, 1982, 115 min., Color
After being inadvertently left behind while on a mission to earth, an extra terrestrial must fend for himself. Ending up in the suburbs, he is taken in by 10-year-old boy, Elliott. The two eventually develop a psychic connection, leading Elliott to discover that E.T.’s health is quickly declining, along with his own.

In order to save themselves, the two must work together to find a way for E.T. to “phone home,” in hopes of being rescued. Meanwhile, they must fight to conceal E.T.’s existence not only from Elliott’s mother, but also from the group of menacing scientists and government officials who wish to quarantine the alien for experimental purposes.

Actor Henry Thomas will be in attendance for a special Q&A following the screening.

Prior to the screening, a special concert by the Dallas Winds will be held to celebrate the career of award-winning composer John Williams. A Q&A with Dallas Winds Artistic Director and Conductor, Jerry Junkin, will follow as the Hall is prepared for the screening. The event is a nod to DIFF’s association with the American Film Institute during the first few years of the film festival, as Williams is this year’s AFI Life Achievement Award honoree.
— Jessica Tomberlin
Steven Spielberg
Melissa Mathison
Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
Allen Daviau
Carol Littleton
John Williams
Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace, C. Thomas Howell

Director Bio

American director, producer and screenwriter Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era, Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993) and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998). His early box office hits like JAWS (1975), E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982), and JURASSIC PARK (1993) came to epitomize the blockbuster film. Other noteworthy films include family-friendly classics like CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977), THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980), RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), and BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985), and the critically acclaimed EMPIRE OF THE SUN (1987), AMISTAD (1997), CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002), MUNICH (2005), and BRIDGE OF SPIES (2015), among many others.
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