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SUNDANCE 2018

Europe prepares to head for Sundance

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- 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 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ísold Uggadóttir
film profile
]
), and Denmark’s Gustav Möller (The Guilty [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Gustav Möller
film profile
]
) and Isabella Eklöf (Holiday [+see also:
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film profile
]
), as well as British actor Idris Elba, who has stepped behind the camera for the first time for his film Yardie [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
. Furthermore, two Sundance protégés are making a return: Greece’s Babis Makridis with Pity [+see also:
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interview: Babis Makridis
film profile
]
and Turkey’s Tolga Karaçelik with Butterflies [+see also:
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]
.

As for the Documentary Competition, European highlights include A Polar Year [+see also:
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]
by France’s Samuel Collardey, Genesis 2.0 [+see also:
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]
by Switzerland’s Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev, Westwood [+see also:
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interview: Lorna Tucker
film profile
]
by the UK’s Lorna Tucker, The Cleaners [+see also:
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]
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 [+see also:
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]
by Syria’s Talal Derki

In the parallel sections announced so far, the highlights include the British films Colette [+see also:
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]
by Wash Westmoreland, Juliet, Naked [+see also:
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by Jesse Peretz and Ophelia by Claire McCarthy, as well as the German-Belgian-British-Italian title The Happy Prince [+see also:
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]
, 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 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ísold Uggadóttir
film profile
]
- Isold Uggadottir (Iceland/Sweden/Belgium)
Butterflies [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Tolga Karaçelik (Turkey)
Dead Pigs - Cathy Yan (China)
The Guilty [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Gustav Möller
film profile
]
- Gustav Möller (Denmark)
Holiday [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Isabella Eklöf (Denmark/Netherlands/Sweden)
Loveling - Gustavo Pizzi (Brazil/Uruguay)
Pity [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Babis Makridis
film profile
]
- Babis Makridis (Greece/Poland)
The Queen of Fear [+see also:
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]
- Valeria Bertuccelli, Fabiana Tiscornia (Argentina/Denmark)
Rust - Aly Muritiba (Brazil)
Time Share [+see also:
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]
- Sebastián Hofmann (Mexico/Netherlands/UK)
Un traductor - Rodrigo Barriuso, Sebastián Barriuso (Canada/Cuba)
Yardie [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Idris Elba (UK) 

World Cinema Documentary Competition 

A Polar Year [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Samuel Collardey (France)
Anote’s Ark - Matthieu Rytz (Canada)
The Cleaners [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Moritz Riesewieck, Hans Block (Germany/Brazil)
Genesis 2.0 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev (Switzerland)
Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. [+see also:
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]
- Stephen Loveridge (Sri Lanka/UK/USA)
Of Fathers and Sons [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- 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 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lorna Tucker
film profile
]
- Lorna Tucker (UK)
A Woman Captured [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Bernadett Tuza-Ritter (Hungary)

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