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Sundance lineup for feature films in competition

Sundance lineup for feature films in competition

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Sundance will premiere 16 American narrative feature films, and 26 films in the world cinema dramatic and documentary competitions. (via LATimes) U.S. Dramatic Competition: “Beasts of the Southern Wild”: In this mythological tale inspired by the coastal erosion crisis facing the communities of southern Louisiana, a 6-year-old Bayou Don Quixote sets out to find her long-lost mother when her father is beset by a mysterious illness. Director: Benh Zeitlin. Screenwriters:…

Upload your application to Sundance stardom with Ridley Scott

Upload your application to Sundance stardom with Ridley Scott

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THR has details of a project mounted by Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald being billed as the first user-generated documentary. Individuals whose footage make it into the finished film will be credited as co-directors, and 20 of them will be flown to Sundance for the movie’s bow. “Life in a Day is a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th…

Sundance: Bening & Moore, The Kids Are Alright

Sundance: Bening & Moore, The Kids Are Alright

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Emerging as one of the critic’s consensus hits at Sundance, writer-director Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are Alright stars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as lesbian partners whose teenage children are on a quest to meet their biological father (Mark Ruffalo). Salon‘s Andrew O’Hehir says its one of the hottest tickets in Park City: All those people showed up because of Cholodenko’s reputation as one of American cinema’s best-kept secrets… Given…

Sundance: Winter’s Bone

Sundance: Winter’s Bone

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Andrew O’Hehir, Salon: Debra Granik’s blend of low-budget regional realism and crime thriller (adapted from the novel by Daniel Woodrell) is an absolute knockout, for me the narrative film of the festival so far. Young Jennifer Lawrence is sensational as Ree, fierce teenage scion of an Ozark family of bootleggers, outlaws and meth-cookers… Granik captures the details of life in the ruined and beautiful backwoods villages of Missouri in thoroughly…

Sundance: James Franco in Howl

Sundance: James Franco in Howl

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Put down the pitchforks, and slowly back away from the ballots. Maybe now’s a good time to take a deep breath, look around, and see what’s been happening at Sundance this week. THR: “Howl” proved the perfect film to kick off Sundance 2010, a festival that means to rededicate itself to “cinematic rebellion” and indie experimentation. “Howl” fairly howls its proud defiance of commercial filmmaking norms. It’s a heady flight…