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Sundance Line-Up Announced
« on: December 02, 2006, 12:07:12 am »
The Sundance Film Festival announced November 29, the line up of films for the Festival's 2007 edition.

The festival runs Jan. 18-28 in Park City as well as in other locations throughout Utah.

The Premieres section at Sundance, which this year will feature 17 films, has always been the glitzy meat of the Festival as big studios and mini majors marched their talent down the red carpet. But 2007 may be a bit different according to Festival director Geoffrey Gilmore.

"There will be first-time filmmakers, unknown filmmakers, films that play to a broad audience yet also challenging films with dense, complicated stories," he commented when announcing  Premiers' films.

Opening night film will be Brett Morgan’s ‘Chicago 10’ an innovative documentary that uses animation to tell the story of the 1968 anti-war protest at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the famous 1969 conspiracy trial.

Festival programmers reviewed 3,287 feature submissions which included 1,852 U.S. films and 1,435 international movies, an increase over the 2006 edition where 1,764 U.S. features and 1,384 international films were considered.

122 feature films were selected - 82 world premieres, 24 North American premieres and 10 U.S. premieres representing 25 countries.

The Spectrum section will feature 24 films including international films and docos, "a full spectrum of work," according to Gilmore.

Of particular interest in this section, albeit for tragic reasons, is ‘Waitress,’selected by Sundance programmers before the murder last month of its director-actress, Adrienne Shelly, best known for her work in Hal Hartley's ‘Trust’ and ‘The Unbelievable Truth.’

Japanese director Katsuhiro Otomo’s ’Bugmaster" (Mushishi) will screen in a 32 minute shorter version than the one that preemed in September at the Venice Film Festival.

For Park City at Midnight, usually a slasher/ghoul fest, Festival programmers promised "a lot of comedies" although with the requisite weirdness.

The films screening in Premieres are:

AN AMERICAN CRIME, U.S. (Director: Tommy O'Haver; Screenwriters: Tommy O'Haver, Irene Turner)-- A fictionalized account of the true story of a young girl's torturous ordeal at the hands of a troubled mother of seven in 1960s Indianapolis. World Premiere.

AWAY FROM HER, U.S. (Director and Screenwriter: Sarah Polley)--Married for almost 50 years, Grant and Fiona's serenity is interrupted by Fiona's increasingly frequent memory lapses. When it is no longer possible for either of them to ignore the fact that she is being consumed by Alzheimer's disease, the limits of love and loyalty are wrenchingly redefined. U.S. Premiere. OPENING NIGHT SALT LAKE CITY

BLACK SNAKE MOAN, U.S. (Director and Screenwriter: Craig Brewer)--Desire is a burning sickness for Rae, while making her the white-trash sexual target of every man and boy in her small Tennessee town. When her true love leaves for military service, Rae plunges into wild excess. Beaten, left for dead, she's taken in by a reformed bluesman, a private self-contained black man who nurses deep anger of his own, who is fiercely committed to his task of keeping her alive. World Premiere.

CHAPTER 27, U.S. (Director and Screenwriter: Jarrett Schaefer)-- A terrifying glimpse into the deranged mind of Mark David Chapman during his days in NYC prior to the murder of John Lennon, which is played out through his obsession with JD Salinger's classic novel 'The Catcher in the Rye'. World Premiere.

CHICAGO 10, U.S. (Director Brett Morgen)--CHICAGO 10 presents contemporary history with a forced perspective, mixing bold and original animation with extraordinary archival footage that explores the build-up to and unraveling of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial and the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention. World Premiere. OPENING NIGHT PARK CITY

CLUBLAND, Australia (Director: Cherie Nowlan; Screenwriter: Keith Thompson)--Tim has a new girlfriend. It should be the perfect romance but something is holding him back. He has a secret...his parents are "Entertainers"! There are never just two people in a family love story. World Premiere.

THE GOOD NIGHT, U.S. (Director and Screenwriter: Jake Paltrow)--A man finds he has more happiness and love with the woman in his dreams than in his miserable day-to-day reality. World Premiere.

KING OF CALIFORNIA, U.S. (Director and Screenwriter: Mike Cahill)-- An unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that there's Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia. World Premiere.

LIFE SUPPORT, U.S. (Director: Nelson George; Screenwriters: Nelson George, Jim McKay, Hannah Weyer)--LIFE SUPPORT views the African-American community's HIV crisis through the eyes of a survivor who is a mother, a former addict and an AIDS activist. World Premiere. CLOSING NIGHT FILM

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