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SUNDANCE 2020

A strong contingent of European films prepares to head to Sundance

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- 18 European co-productions will be debuting in competition at the US gathering, including movies by Zeina Durra, Amanda Kernell and Visar Morina

A strong contingent of European films prepares to head to Sundance
Luxor by Zeina Durra

Three UK co-productions – Zeina Durra’s romance Luxor [+see also:
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interview: Zeina Durra
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, Aneil Karia’s robbery yarn Surge [+see also:
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and Brandon Cronenberg’s avatar thriller Possessor [+see also:
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– make up a quarter of the films selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival (23 January-2 February 2020).

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They shall be competing against the Swedish divorce drama Charter [+see also:
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interview: Amanda Kernell
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by Amanda Kernell; writer-director Maïmouna Doucouré’s Cuties [+see also:
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interview: Maïmouna Doucouré
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, about young French dancers; writer-director Zoé Wittock’s Jumbo [+see also:
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interview: Zoé Wittock
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]
, a French-Luxembourgish-Belgian tale set in an amusement park; and the German-Belgian-Kosovar co-production about bullying in the workplace Exile [+see also:
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interview: Visar Morina
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, written and directed by Visar Morina. There is also Italian involvement in Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s African-set story This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection [+see also:
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, and French, German and Swiss involvement in Massoud Bakhshi’s Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness [+see also:
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interview: Massoud Bakhshi
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]
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Ten of the 12 films in the World Cinema Documentary Competition have European involvement. Radu Ciorniciuc’s Acasa, My Home follows children in the Bucharest delta, Iryna Tsilyk introduces us to kids making a film as a way to cope with living in a war zone in The Earth Is Blue as an Orange, Hubert Sauper takes a look at Cuba as a romantic vision and a warning in Epicentro [+see also:
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, Emma Sullivan’s Into the Deep is about the murder of Danish journalist Kim Wall, Anabel Rodríguez Ríos visits the town of Congo Mirador in Once Upon a Time in Venezuela [+see also:
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, Benjamin Ree tells the story of an unlikely friendship in The Artist and the Thief, Jerry Rothwell takes a look at autism in The Reason I Jump [+see also:
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, Susanne Regina Meures takes aim at patriarchy in Saudi Runaway [+see also:
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, and the rare Alba truffle is being tracked down in Michael Dweck’s The Truffle Hunters [+see also:
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interview: Gregory Kershaw and Michael…
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]
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There is also a UK co-production in the US Documentary Competition, Be Water by Bao Nguyen, which is a documentary about martial-arts legend Bruce Lee.

The non-competitive Premieres section has a number of UK-co-produced narrative world premieres. They are Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse, starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis; Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut, Falling [+see also:
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; Florian Zeller’s London-set The Father [+see also:
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; Phyllida Lloyd’s house-building yarn Herself [+see also:
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; Dominic Cooke’s Cuban Missile Crisis spy-drama Ironbark; and Sean Durkin’s The Nest, starring Jude Law.

Showing in Documentary Premieres is the Irish co-production The Go-Go's, helmed by Alison Ellwood. Meanwhile, there are two UK productions in the Midnight section: Romola Garai’s debut, Amulet, and Remi Weekes’ refugee tale His House.

In the Kids section is Frederike Migom’s excellent Belgian drama Binti [+see also:
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and the world premiere of Brenda Chapman’s Come Away, starring Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo and Michael Caine.

Here is the full list of titles in Sundance 2020’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition and World Cinema Documentary Competition:

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Charter [+see also:
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interview: Amanda Kernell
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]
Amanda Kernell (Sweden)
Cuties [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Maïmouna Doucouré
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]
 – Maïmouna Doucouré (France)
Exile [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Visar Morina
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]
 – Visar Morina (Germany/Belgium/Kosovo)
High Tide – Verónica Chen (Argentina)
Jumbo [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Zoé Wittock
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]
 – Zoé Wittock (France/Luxembourg/Belgium)
Luxor [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Zeina Durra
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]
 – Zeina Durra (Egypt/UK)
Possessor [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
  Brandon Cronenberg (Canada/UK)
Non Distinguishing Features [+see also:
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]
  Fernanda Valadez (Mexico/Spain) 
Summer White – Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson (Mexico)
Surge [+see also:
film review
interview: Aneil Karia
film profile
]
  Aneil Karia (UK)
This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho/South Africa/Italy)
Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Massoud Bakhshi
film profile
]
  Massoud Bakhshi (France/Germany/Luxembourg/Switzerland/Iran/Lebanon)

World Cinema Documentary Competition

Acasă - My Home [+see also:
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interview: Radu Ciorniciuc
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]
 – Radu Ciorniciuc (Romania/Germany/Finland)
The Earth Is Blue as an Orange [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Iryna Tsilyk
film profile
]
 – Iryna Tsilyk (Ukraine/Lithuania)
Epicentro [+see also:
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trailer
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]
 – Hubert Sauper (Austria/France/USA)
Influence – Diana Neille (South Africa/Canada)
Into the Deep – Emma Sullivan (Denmark)
The Mole Agent [+see also:
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]
 – Maite Alberdi (Chile/USA/Germany/Netherlands/Spain)
Once Upon a Time in Venezuela [+see also:
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film profile
]
 – Anabel Rodríguez Ríos (Venezuela/UK/Brazil/Austria)
The Painter and the Thief [+see also:
film review
interview: Benjamin Ree
film profile
]
 – Benjamin Ree (Norway)
The Reason I Jump [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 – Jerry Rothwell (UK)
Saudi Runaway [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
 – Susanne Regina Meures (Switzerland)
Softie – Sam Soko (Kenya)
The Truffle Hunters [+see also:
film review
interview: Gregory Kershaw and Michael…
film profile
]
Michael Dweck (Italy/USA/Greece)

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