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The competition movie line-up has been revealed for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. Below the announcement video you'll find the U.S. and World Competition categories, as well as the Next section.
Out of the 12,166 submissions that the festival received this year only 185 were selected. It looks like there are going to be a lot of great films this year. I always enjoy going to Sundance because you never know what film gems are just waiting to be seen.
U.S. Dramatic Competition
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, »
- Joey Paur
Today the first wave of titles playing at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were announced and while the majority of the titles are new to me the names in front of the camera most certainly are not as you'll see the likes of Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, James Marsden, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Vincent Cassell and many, many more among the titles featured. I have collected several photos from many of the films playing the festival, which will take place from January 22 - February 1 in Utah next year. Today's selection includes the U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and Next program. I'll be adding a few more pictures soon enough, but for now, have a look and see what stands out. »
- Brad Brevet
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival just announced the films that will be screening in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. We've got the first images and synopses from the following movies that will be playing in that category: The Diary of a Teenage Girl - Written and directed by Marielle Heller; starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, and Kristen Wiig. The Stanford Prison Experiment - Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez; written by Tim Talbott; starring Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, and Olivia Thirlby. Unexpected - Directed by Kris Swanberg; written by Kris Swanberg and Megan Mercier; starring Cobie Smulders, Anders Holm, Gail Bean, and Elizabeth McGovern. The Witch - Written and directed by Robert Eggers; starring Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, and Ellie Grainger. Hit the jump for the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st. »
- Evan Dickson
America’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated film festival is nearly upon us! Running January 22 to February 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah, the annual Sundance Film Festival has launched its initial lineup of in-competition films in the Dramatic, World Cinema, Documentary and Next slates. In all, 66 films were announced in this initial lineup, with the Premieres and Documentary Premieres arriving December 8 and the Short Film slate arriving December 9.
Among the lineup, as always, are some intriguing prospects. The Us Dramatic Competition features films starring stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine (Z for Zachariah), Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor (The D Train), Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), among many others, and new films from recently hot directors including Alfonso-Gomez Rejon, Andrew Bujalski, and Craig Zobel. »
- Brian Welk
Last year, it was Damien Chazelle’s richly texturized, foot-tapping, finger-snapping sophomore pic Whiplash that instantly became the “it” film to beat in the sixteen competition offerings. In 2015, we have Sundance habituals in James C. Strouse, Craig Zobel and Andrew Bujalski measuring up against Park City feature film first-timers in Marielle Heller, Patrick Brice, Chloé Zhao, Nikole Beckwith and Kris Swanberg. Here are the sixteen offerings in the 2015 U.S. Dramatic Competition:
Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim.
- Eric Lavallee
A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.
The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.
“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »
- Justin Chang
Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth have unleashed their first volley of films in what will be a 118-strong line-up overall culled from 12,166 submissions. Of these, 103 features are world premieres. The festival will run January 22 to February 1.
Us Dramatic Competition includes Craig Zobel’s post-apocalytpic tale Z For Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Jack Black in comedy The D Train; and Kristen Wiig in the 1970s San Francisco-set coming-of-age story The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
Other likely highlights are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller; and Saoirse Ronan in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, about a young woman who returns to live with her parents after she is freed from her abductor of 17 years »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Sundance Film Institute announced the U.S. dramatic, world dramatic, U.S. documentary, world documentary and Next selections for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival today. The premier film festival in the United States, Sundance is coming off a banner 2014 edition that brought films earning year-end kudos such as "Whiplash," "Boyhood," "Dear White People," "Obvious Child" and "The Skeleton Twins" into the world. The 2015 slate just looks just as intriguing and, according to the festival, perhaps more emotional and challenging. In a statement from the Institute, the festival's director, John Cooper, remarked, "The selections for our 2015 Festival will take audiences on a wild ride of emotional extremes. With approaches ranging from comedic to dramatic, genre to documentary, experimental to short, independent filmmakers are bravely illuminating new opportunities for understanding and empathy.” Festival founder and cinema icon Robert Redford added, "The work of independent artists inevitably reflects the state of our culture »
- Gregory Ellwood
With alternative modes of production reshaping the definition of “mainstream” well beyond the reach of studio cinema, it can be difficult for independent cinema to maintain its, well, independence.
Yet the British Independent Film Awards, now in their 17th year, still occupy a unique position in the U.K. awards calendar. Though their definition of independent cinema is hardly elitist, their nominees annually cover a large sector of British cinema not served by the BAFTAs — as the latter institution models itself ever more directly on the American Academy Awards, their spotlighting of homegrown product grows increasingly selective.
As a measure of the disconnect, the last three winners of Bifa’s top prize — “Tyrannosaur,” “Broken” and “Metro Manila” — scored just four BAFTA nominations among them, all in specialized or subsidiary categories. This year’s Bifa nominee list sees Yann Demange’s tough, low-grossing Troubles thriller “’71,” above, leading the count ahead of »
- Guy Lodge
Fish Out of Water: Wright’s Debut a Visually Arresting, Moody Allegory
The mythological significance of the sea inflects and infects Paul Wright’s somber directorial debut, For Those in Peril, a dark allegory which takes its title from a line in a traditional naval hymn. Related with a heavy earnestness, there’s nary a break from the staunchly bleak tone, a saturation that tends to cast its final flight of fancy moment into mind-numbing dubiousness rather than landsliding into poignancy. Be that as it may, Wright’s visually arresting debut is often a poetically charged portrait of a pariah in an emotional wasteland of a community’s dismissive cruelty.
The sole survivor of a fishing boat accident that claimed the lives of five others, including his own older brother, we meet Aaron (George Mackay) preparing for his sibling’s funeral with the help of his mother, Cathy (Kate Dickie »
- Nicholas Bell
Almost exactly two years ago we featured the work of James Webber on HeyUGuys. Driftwood was a Neil Maskell-starring Short, released in the wake of the London Olympics, about a young swimmer whose athletic future is in danger from the anchor of his harsh domestic circumstance.
Webber’s latest film, Soror, has similar themes with a fine cast and, from the evidence in this trailer, some beautiful cinematography. Kate Dickie was last seen by most of us falling foul of a Littlefinger in Game of Thrones and Soror has her facing another domestic upheaval here.
Synopsis hounds will eat this one up,
Soror explores the lives and relationships of two half-sisters; Grace, a talented dancer; and Lisa, who dreams of escaping the confines of their estate with, or without, her overbearing boyfriend, Andrew. Meanwhile Grace’s mother looks to repair her fractured relationship with her daughter.
As Lisa prepares »
- Jon Lyus
Tom Geens feature centres on a couple living in a hole in a forest.
The film will finish shooting at 3 Mills Studios in London over the next five weeks.
The film stars Paul Higgins (Red Road, Utopia), Kate Dickie (Prometheus, Filth), Corinne Masiero and Jerome Kircher and tells the story of a British couple living in a hole in the middle of a vast forest, somwhere in France.
Piggott is producing the film on behalf of 011 Productions/Chicken Factory, in co-production with Belgium’s A Private View and France’s Les Enrages.
The film is being financed by the BFI Film Fund, Flanders Audiovisual Fund and the Region Midi-Pyrenees, in association with Met Film and Blunt Pictures.
Paradiso Filmed Entertainment is distributing the film in Benelux, and Verve Pictures will handle distribution in the UK »
Crazy may be the new normal, at least when it comes to TV character roles.
This past television season, we’ve watched as Gaby Hoffmann’s Caroline seductively dances around “Girls” boy Ray only to bite his upper arm when he isn’t paying enough attention to her. Kate Dickie’s Lysa Arryn gleefully shoves her enemies to their doom through the “moon door” on “Game of Thrones.” And Uzo Aduba’s “Crazy Eyes” in “Orange Is the New Black” is as obsessive and volatile as those frightening peepers suggest.
These characters not only add spice to their series, the roles have offered intriguing challenges for the women playing them. No longer content to sprinkle shows with pretty, vapid girls or dutiful bffs, these new girls range from the oddly wacky to the downright deranged.
“Obviously actresses clamor to play these roles because they are so much fun and these »
- Susan Young
HBO has unveiled the first preview for the Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones entitled "The Children". We also have four behind-the-scenes featurettes that give us an inside look at the penultimate episode, "The Watchers on the Wall". Check them out and catch the season finale Sunday, June 15th, only on HBO.
In the finale, An unexpected arrival north of the Wall changes circumstances. Dany (Emilia Clarke) is forced to face harsh realities. Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) learns more of his destiny. Tyrion sees the truth of his situation.
Game of Thrones episode 4.10, "The Children" airs on HBO June 15th, 2014. The episode stars Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Charles Dance, Kate Dickie, Stephen Dillane, Lino Facioli and is directed by Alex Graves. »
Disney is pushing out Angelina Jolie and "Maleficent" this weekend, the fifth straight weekend with a major studio tentpole release (though the first to both star and be primarily aimed at women). And while it's unlikely a quintet of indie films also opening will stand in the way of Jolie's box office magic, they do interestingly feature a lot of A-list stars, from Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, Taylor Kitsch, Toni Collette and Professor X himself, James McAvoy. Whether their recognizable faces and names help their films remains to be seen, though in general it looks like it might be another underwhelming weekend at the indie box office... Filth (Magnolia) Director: Jon S. Baird Cast: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Jim Broadbent, Imogen Poots, Joanne Froggatt, Gary Lewis, Martin Compston, Kate Dickie, Shirley Henderson Criticwire Average: 6 critics gave it a C+ average Where Is It Screening: The Varsity in Seattle, »
- Peter Knegt
Bad Detective: Baird Adapts Welsh for (Sometimes) Outrageous Effect
Danny Boyle’s 1996 classic Trainspotting set the bar for Irvine Welsh adaptations (Boyle is apparently at work on a sequel), and several filmmakers afterward have followed in his footsteps without the same success. But director Jon S. Baird’s sophomore film, Filth comes close to the same wild energy and outrageous affection with the help of a notable cast and an uncomfortable turn from a sallow James McAvoy. Certainly, the film isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, a loosely followed plot frittered away on episodic craziness that only becomes more compounded as the film progresses. But despite the crassness, the degradation, and various other offensive counts that rightfully earns the story title, there’s an undeniably enduring quality to Baird’s adaptation as something you won’t be soon to forget, filled with moments that, by the surprisingly pithy final frames, »
- Nicholas Bell
Last week, The Lion of Lannister roared louder than his accusers could have ever fathomed. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) spat decades of anguish in a venomous speech which has seen the re-introduction of a trial by the sword. In episode 7 however, he is banged up in his rotten, dank cell once again; left alone to wallow in the filth and his thoughts. Despite being trapped throughout, once again Dinklage proves himself as the show’s Mvp as he continues to steal scenes throughout Mockingbird.
With the battle for his punishment or freedom confirmed, the crown must find a champion to fight for their honour - for their lost king. Cersei (Lena Headey) doesn’t want her brother killed; she wants him obliterated, fragmented and decimated. In an ideal world, Tyrion would become an exceptionally bloody jigsaw puzzle for the lucky children in King’s Landing. Her selection is the monstrous presence »
- Chris Haydon
Last night's episode of "Game of Thrones", the seventh in this fourth season, titled "Mockingbird", was like most every episode this season. Filled with exposition, promising something major down the road and ending with a bang before giving us a teaser for next week's episode... as if anyone watching wasn't already going to tune in seven days later (or, in this case 14 as it won't be on next week). And this brings me to a growing beef I have with this show. "Game of Thrones" has already proven a weekly ritual for viewers so why does it continue to rely on "surprises" to end each episodec Oh snap, he pushed her through the Moon Door! Yeah, he did, so whatc Tune in next week to find out what happens next! What happens nextc What happens next is important now, to this episode, so finish it. The focus on each episode »
- Brad Brevet
Musicvideo helmer Daniel Wolfe and his brother Matthew confirm that style and content need not be mutually exclusive with their impressive feature debut, “Catch Me Daddy,” which tracks the doomed attempts of a British Asian teen runaway to escape the long arm of her violently protective family. Beautifully shot on 35mm by justly garlanded lenser Robbie Ryan, and performed with affecting naturalism by a cast that mixes trained thesps with non-professionals, the pic looks certain for further fest action following its Cannes Directors’ Fortnight berth, before niche theatrical outings. But the bleak storyline will likely discourage broader audiences from joining the pursuit.
Initially conceived as a Western set on the Yorkshire Moors, the story begins with Laila (screen debutante Sameena Jabeen Ahmed), a girl in her late teens, on the run with her Scottish boyfriend, Aaron (Conor McCarron, the young discovery of Peter Mullan’s 2010 teen-gang drama “Neds”). Lying low »
- Charles Gant
As we reach the halfway mark of Season 4 it seems as though Game of Thrones is getting better with each episode. Rarely can a show offer as much variety and quality each week, and even more of an anomaly is a programme that can see the resurgence of past characters with such lightness of touch that it feels as if they never left.
Returning to the frame is that of Lysa Tully (Kate Dickie); the creepy Lady of the Eyrie who mournfully watched her finest gladiators tumble to their deaths from the famed Eye at the hands of Lord Tyrion’s drunkard swordsman Bronn (neither of whom feature in this episode). Lord Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Balish and Lady Sansa Stark have arrived ashore and he has taken her to the Eyre where she is reunited with her estranged and indeed strange aunty, who quickly declares she wishes to marry Balish that »
- Chris Haydon
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