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SUNDANCE 2023

Il Festival di Sundance torna in presenza, presentando molti talenti europei emergenti

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- La programmazione non statunitense del festival per il 2023 è dominata da produzioni britanniche e francesi, come l'ultimo lavoro di Ira Sachs, Passages, e Scrapper di Charlotte Regan

Il Festival di Sundance torna in presenza, presentando molti talenti europei emergenti
Passages di Ira Sachs

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One of the leading US festivals for independent films, the Sundance Film Festival, is bracing for a homecoming from 19-29 January. The gathering’s 2023 edition is the first one to take place in person (in Park City, Salt Lake City and the Sundance Resort) since 2020, after last year’s edition had to be cancelled shortly before it was due to begin (see the news). However, the festival is maintaining its online platform, screening the movies both in theatres and online in a hybrid, “phygital” model that many festivals embraced last year. This coming iteration is led by Sundance Institute CEO Joana Vicente alongside director of programming Kim Yutani and the institute’s leadership team after Sundance director Tabitha Jackson announced her departure in June. New Sundance Film Festival director and head of public programming Eugene Hernandez is set to helm the 40th edition in 2024.

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“Maintaining an essential place for artists to express themselves and to take risks, and for visionary stories to endure and entertain is distinctly Sundance,” says Robert Redford, the Sundance Institute’s founder and president. “The programme for this year’s festival reiterates the relevance of trailblazing work serving as an irreplaceable source of original stories that resonate and fuel creativity and dialogue,” notes Yutani. “In so many ways, this year’s slate reflects the voices of communities around the world who are speaking out with urgency and finally being heard. Across our programme, impactful storytelling by fearless artists continues to provide space for the community to come together to be entertained, challenged and inspired,” she adds.

Similarly to previous editions, the festival will premiere a rich variety of European fiction and non-fiction oeuvres. The United Kingdom and France are leading the way in terms of the number of co-productions selected for the line-up. Ira Sachs’ latest work, Passages [+leggi anche:
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, is among the hottest titles, and will screen in the Premieres section, which showcases highly anticipated movies. Led by a stellar cast comprising Adèle Exarchopoulos, Franz Rogowski and Ben Whishaw, the French romantic drama focuses on an intimate examination of attraction and emotional abuse between men and women. Also bowing in Premieres is the French co-production Cat Person [+leggi anche:
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, directed by Susanna Fogel, the big-screen adaptation of the viral The New Yorker story by Kristen Roupenian. Premieres will also introduce Sophie Barthes' sci-fi flick The Pod Generation [+leggi anche:
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, starring Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofor, about a brave new world where pregnancies can be shared via detachable, artificial wombs.

More new voices from British cinema will be bowing at Sundance alongside Barthes. Raine Allen Miller will introduce her romantic comedy Rye Lane [+leggi anche:
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; Charlote Regan brings her debut, a quirky comedy that challenges the perception of working-class kids, Scrapper [+leggi anche:
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, starring Harris Dickinson, of Triangle of Sadness [+leggi anche:
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fame; and the story of 11-year-old Ama and her mother, who “take solace in the gentle but isolated world they obsessively create”, in Girl [+leggi anche:
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by Adura Onashile. All three films have been supported throughout development and production by BBC Film, and New Europe Film Sales has already boarded Girl ahead of its world premiere.

The non-fiction line-up includes the documentaries on Ukraine 20 Days in Mariupol [+leggi anche:
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by Mstyslav Chernov, about a group of journalists trapped in the besieged city as they document the atrocities of the war; and Roman Liubyi’s Iron Butterflies [+leggi anche:
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, investigating the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine. Jakub Piątek will offer a glimpse from the backstage of the legendary International Chopin Piano Competition in Pianoforte [+leggi anche:
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, Anna Hints observes a type of sisterhood forged in saunas in Smoke Sauna Sisterhood [+leggi anche:
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, and British filmmaker Ella Glendining will be unveiling her feature-length documentary debut, Is There Anybody Out There? [+leggi anche:
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, where she searches for someone with the same disability as her – bilateral proximal femoral focal deficiency.

World premieres constitute the vast majority of the announced films that the festival programmers have picked from among 1,662 US and 2,399 international feature-length submissions. 53% of the announced films were directed by one or more filmmakers who identify as women, 45% were directed by one or more filmmakers who identify as people of colour, 20% by one or more filmmakers who identify as LGBTQ+, and 3% by one or more filmmakers who identify as a person with a disability.

Here is the full list of announced titles:

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Animalia [+leggi anche:
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- Sofia Alaoui (France/Morocco/Qatar)
Girl [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Adura Onashile
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- Adura Onashile (UK)
Heroic [+leggi anche:
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- David Zonana (Mexico/Sweden)
Mamacruz [+leggi anche:
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- Patricia Ortega (Spain)
La Pecera [+leggi anche:
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- Glorimar Marrero Sánchez (Puerto Rico/Spain)
Scrapper [+leggi anche:
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- Charlotte Regan (UK)
Slow [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Marija Kavtaradze
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- Marija Kavtaradze (Lithuania/Spain/Sweden)
Sorcery [+leggi anche:
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- Christopher Murray (Chile/Mexico/Germany)
When It Melts [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Veerle Baetens
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- Veerle Baetens (Belgium)

World Cinema Documentary Competition

5 Seasons of Revolution [+leggi anche:
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Lina (Germany/Syria/Netherlands/Norway)
20 Days in Mariupol [+leggi anche:
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- Mstyslav Chernov (Ukraine)
And the king said, what a FANTASTIC MACHINE [+leggi anche:
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- Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck (Sweden/Denmark)
Iron Butterflies [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Roman Liubyi
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- Roman Liubyi (Ukraine/Germany)
Is There Anybody Out There? [+leggi anche:
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- Ella Glendining (UK)
Pianoforte [+leggi anche:
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- Jakub Piątek (Poland)
Smoke Sauna Sisterhood [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Anna Hints
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- Anna Hints (Estonia/France/Iceland)
Twice Colonized [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Lin Alluna
intervista: Lin Alluna
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- Lin Alluna (Greenland/Denmark/Canada)

Midnight

Polite Society [+leggi anche:
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- Nida Manzoor (UK)
Infinity Pool [+leggi anche:
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- Brandon Cronenberg (Canada/Hungary/Croatia/France)

Premieres

Cat Person [+leggi anche:
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- Susanna Fogel (France/USA)
The Deepest Breath - Laura McGann (UK/Ireland)
Drift [+leggi anche:
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- Anthony Chen (France/UK/Greece)
Passages [+leggi anche:
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- Ira Sachs (France)
The Pod Generation [+leggi anche:
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- Sophie Barthes (Belgium/France/UK)
Rye Lane [+leggi anche:
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- Raine Allen-Miller (UK)

Spotlight

The Eight Mountains [+leggi anche:
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- Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch (Italy/Belgium)
L’Immensità [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Emanuele Crialese
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- Emanuele Crialese (Italy)
Other People’s Children [+leggi anche:
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intervista: Rebecca Zlotowski
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- Rebecca Zlotowski (France)

Kids

The Amazing Maurice [+leggi anche:
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- Toby Genkel (Germany/UK)

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