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Strong European presence in Sundance selection

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Strong European presence in Sundance selection

The health of European cinema is reflected in the Sundance Film Festival (January 20-30) selection for 2011. Debutant John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard [+see also:
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interview: John Michael McDonagh
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– boasting a host of Irish talent including Liam Cunningham (Hunger [+see also:
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interview: Laura Hastings-Smith Rob…
interview: Steve McQueen
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, The Wind That Shakes the Barley [+see also:
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interview: Ken Loach
interview: Rebecca O’Brien
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), Fionnula Flanagan (The Invention of Lying), Dominique McElligott (Moon [+see also:
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), David Wilmot (The Tudors), Rory Keenan (Zonad) and Pat Shortt (Garage [+see also:
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interview: Ed Guiney
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) – will open the World Cinema Dramatic competition.

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Europe dominates this strand with Amor Hakkar’s A Few Days of Respite (France/Algeria), Anne Sewitsky’s Happy Happy (Norway), Roberta Torres’ Lost Kisses [+see also:
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(Italy) and Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur [+see also:
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(UK) also in competition.

It’s a similar story in the World Cinema Documentary competition with Jarreth Merz’s An African Election (Switzerland/US), Phil Cox’s The Bengali Detective (UK/US/India), Göran Olsson’s The Black Power Mixtape 1965-75 (Sweden/US), David Sington’s The Flaw (UK), Ali Samadi Ahadi’s The Green Wave (Germany), Ian Palmer’s Knuckle (Ireland/UK), Leonard Retel Helmrich’s Position Among the Stars (Netherlands), James Marsh’s Project Nim (UK) and Asif Kapadia’s Senna (UK), vying for the top prize.

The festival’s Spotlight section features Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg [+see also:
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(Greece), Susanne Bier’s In a Better World [+see also:
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(Denmark), Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies [+see also:
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(France/Canada) and Richard Ayoade’s Submarine [+see also:
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(UK).

The Park City at Midnight strand showcases Andre Ovredal’s Troll Hunter (Norway), while the New Frontier section features Lech Majewski’s The Mill and the Cross (Poland/Sweden) and John Akomfrah’s The Nine Muses (UK).

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