Strong European presence in Sundance selection
by Naman Ramachandran
- Films from Italy, Ireland, Norway picked in World Cinema Dramatic Competition
It is another good year for Europe at the annual Sundance Film Festival (22 January-1 February, 2015), with several films from the continent selected. Featuring in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition are Lamberto Sanfelice’s Chlorine (Italy), Gerard Barrett’s Glassland [+see also:
film profile] (Ireland), Anne Sewitsky’s Homesick (Norway), Kim Farrant’s Strangerland [+see also:
film profile] (Australia/Ireland) and Alanté Kavaïté’s The Summer of Sangaile (Lithuania/France/Holland).
Featuring in the World Cinema Documentary Competition are Ilinca Calugareanu’s Chuck Norris vs Communism [+see also:
film profile] (UK/Romania/Germany), Louise Osmond’s Dark Horse (UK), Kim Longinotto’s Dreamcatcher (UK), Jerry Rothwell’s How to Change the World [+see also:
film profile] (UK/Canada), Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me Marlon [+see also:
film profile] (UK), Chad Gracia’s The Russian Woodpecker (UK) and Michael Madsen’s The Visit [+see also:
film profile] (Denmark/Austria/Ireland/Finland/Norway).
Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “The work of independent artists inevitably reflects the state of our culture and the times in which we live. Their stories are often irreverent, challenging, compelling and unexpected, and not only possess the power to move and hopefully inspire audiences, but also to speak to our shared humanity.”
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The selections for our 2015 Festival will take audiences on a wild ride of emotional extremes. With approaches ranging from comedic to dramatic, genre to documentary, experimental to short, independent filmmakers are bravely illuminating new opportunities for understanding and empathy.”