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Europe prepares to head for Sundance


- A selection of European films, including titles by Babis Makridis, Idris Elba and Rupert Everett, will jet off to Park City next January

Europe prepares to head for Sundance
Pity by Babis Makridis (© Margarita Nikitaki)

As the European festival season nears its end, it’s time to train the spotlight on the other side of the pond. Besides the US awards season, which is already in full swing, the most important independent film gathering on the American continent has now unveiled the selection of movies for its 2018 edition. The Sundance Film Festival, which will take place from 18-28 January, will welcome an interesting selection of European films, mainly as part of its World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions.

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The films selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition are mostly directed by newcomers, such as Iceland’s Isold Uggadottir (And Breathe Normally), and Denmark’s Gustav Möller (The Guilty) and Isabella Eklöf (Holiday), as well as British actor Idris Elba, who has stepped behind the camera for the first time for his film Yardie. Furthermore, two Sundance protégés are making a return: Greece’s Babis Makridis with Pity and Turkey’s Tolga Karaçelik with Butterflies [+see also:
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As for the Documentary Competition, European highlights include A Polar Year by France’s Samuel Collardey, Genesis 2.0 by Switzerland’s Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev, Westwood by the UK’s Lorna Tucker, The Cleaners by Germany’s Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block, and two titles recently world-premiered at the IDFA, A Woman Captured [+see also:
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by Hungary’s Bernadett Tuza-Ritter and Of Fathers and Sons by Syria’s Talal Derki

In the parallel sections announced so far, the highlights include the British films Colette by Wash Westmoreland, Juliet, Naked by Jesse Peretz and Ophelia by Claire McCarthy, as well as the German-Belgian-British-Italian title The Happy Prince, the first feature to be directed by British actor Rupert Everett.

Here is the list of films selected in the international sections:

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

And Breathe Normally - Isold Uggadottir (Iceland/Sweden/Belgium)
Butterflies [+see also:
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- Tolga Karaçelik (Turkey)
Dead Pigs - Cathy Yan (China)
The Guilty - Gustav Möller (Denmark)
Holiday - Isabella Eklöf (Denmark/Netherlands/Sweden)
Loveling - Gustavo Pizzi (Brazil/Uruguay)
Pity - Babis Makridis (Greece/Poland)
The Queen of Fear - Valeria Bertuccelli, Fabiana Tiscornia (Argentina/Denmark)
Rust - Aly Muritiba (Brazil)
Time Share - Sebastián Hofmann (Mexico/Netherlands/UK)
Un traductor - Rodrigo Barriuso, Sebastián Barriuso (Canada/Cuba)
Yardie - Idris Elba (UK) 

World Cinema Documentary Competition 

A Polar Year - Samuel Collardey (France)
Anote’s Ark - Matthieu Rytz (Canada)
The Cleaners - Moritz Riesewieck, Hans Block (Germany/Brazil)
Genesis 2.0 - Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev (Switzerland)
Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. - Stephen Loveridge (Sri Lanka/UK/USA)
Of Fathers and Sons - Talal Derki (Germany/Syria/Lebanon)
The Oslo Diaries - Mor Loushy, Daniel Sivan (Israel/Canada)
Our New President - Maxim Pozdorovkin (Russia/USA)
Shirkers - Sandi Tan (USA)
This is Home - Alexandra Shiva (USA)
Westwood - Lorna Tucker (UK)
A Woman Captured [+see also:
film review
film profile
- Bernadett Tuza-Ritter (Hungary)


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