After years wishing we could attend America’s best independent film festival Sundance, the dream took a step closer when late last year it was announced The Sundance Festival is coming to the UK for the first time! On April 26 through to April 29th the Inaugural Sundance London Film Festival will take The o2 Arena, 14 films showcasing the wealth of American Independent film making in a varied selection of features and documentaries. All films been played where premiered back in January at the Utah, Park City city based festival but if your like us here at The Peoples Movies and Cinehouse this will be the first time we will be able to see those films.
“I welcome the opportunity to see how people in the UK experience these films,” said Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute. “While they are American productions they speak to universal experiences and global challenges. Sundance London also is the perfect opportunity to continue our long-time commitment to growing a broader international community around new voices and new perspectives.”
Some of the highlights of the programme are Julie Delpy’s directoral debut 2 Days In New York which she also stars with Chris Rock, Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts which stars Martha Marcy May Marlene’s Elizabeth Olsen both films which are receiving critical appraise.
It’s not just about the films at Sundance there will be musical performances including opening event which has has Robert Redford in a evening with longtime film music collaborator T-Bone Burnett, Placebo in concert and Tricky and Martina Topley-Bird performing Maxinquaye.More musical and film guests will be announced soon along with other live events, panels and a short film programme too.
More information, ticket packages head to the festivals main site at www.sundance-london.com.
Here’s the film list:
2 Days in New York (Director: Julie Delpy, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy,
Alexia Landeau) — Marion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New
York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural
background of her new boyfriend, an ex-boyfriend who her sister is now
dating, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix. Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon.
Chasing Ice (Director: Jeff Orlowski) — Science, spectacle and human
passion mix in this stunningly cinematic portrait as National Geographic
photographer James Balog captures time-lapse photography of glaciers
over several years providing tangible visual evidence of climate change.
Winner of the Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary
at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Filly Brown (Directors: Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos, Screenwriter:
Youssef Delara) — A Hip Hop-driven drama about a Mexican girl who rises
to fame and consciousness as she copes with the incarceration of her
mother through music. Cast: Lou Diamond Phillips, Gina Rodriguez, Jenni
Rivera, Edward James Olmos.
Finding North (Directors: Kristi Jacobson, Lori Silverbush) — A crisis of
hunger looms in America and is not limited to the poverty stricken and
uneducated. Can a return to policies of the 1970s save our future?
Features interviews with activists including Witness to Hunger’s Mariana
Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Academy Award®-winning actor
Jeff Bridges, as well as original music by T Bone Burnett & The Civil Wars.
For Ellen (Director and screenwriter: So Yong Kim) – A struggling musician
takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife
for custody of their young daughter. Cast: Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Jena
Malone, Margarita Levieva, Shay Mandigo
The House I Live In (Director: Eugene Jarecki) — For over 40 years, the
War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the
world’s largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad.
Yet, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. Where
did we go wrong and what is the path toward healing? Winner of the Grand
Jury Prize: U.S. Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Liberal Arts (Director and screenwriter: Josh Radnor) — Bookish and
newly single Jesse Fisher returns to his alma mater for his favorite
professor’s retirement dinner. A chance meeting with Zibby – a precocious
classical music-loving sophomore – awakens in him long-dormant feelings
of possibility and connection. Cast: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard
Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro, Elizabeth Reaser.
LUV (Director: Sheldon Candis, Screenwriters: Sheldon Candis, Justin
Wilson) — An orphaned 11-year-old boy is forced to face the unpleasant
truth about his beloved uncle during one harrowing day in the streets of
Baltimore. Cast: Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Danny
Glover, Charles S. Dutton.
Nobody Walks (Director: Ry Russo-Young, Screenwriters: Lena Dunham,
Ry Russo-Young) — Martine, a young artist from New York, is invited into
the home of a hip, liberal LA family for a week. Her presence unravels the
family’s carefully maintained status quo, and a mess of sexual and
emotional entanglements ensues. Cast: John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby,
Rosemarie DeWitt, India Ennenga, Justin Kirk. Winner of the U.S.
Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film
Producing at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Director and screenwriter: Terence
Nance) — A quixotic young man humorously courses live action and
various animated landscapes as he tries to understand himself after a
mystery girl stands him up. Cast: Terence Nance, Namik Minter, Chanelle
The Queen of Versailles (Director: Lauren Greenfield) — Jackie and
David were triumphantly constructing the biggest house in America – a
sprawling, 90,000-square-foot palace inspired by Versailles – when their
timeshare empire falters due to the economic crisis. Their story reveals the
innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. Winner of the Directing
Award: U.S. Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Safety Not Guaranteed (Director: Colin Trevorrow, Screenwriter: Derek
Connolly) — A trio of magazine employees investigate a classified ad
seeking a partner for time travel. One employee develops feelings for the
paranoid but compelling loner and seeks to discover what he’s really up to.
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni. Winner of
the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS (Directors: Dylan Southern, Will
Lovelace) — A film that follows LCD Soundsystem front man James
Murphy over a crucial 48-hour period, from the day of their final gig at
Madison Square Garden to the morning after, the official end of one of the
best live bands in the world.
Under African Skies (Director: Joe Berlinger) — Paul Simon returns to
South Africa to explore the incredible journey of his historic Graceland
album, including the political backlash he sparked for allegedly breaking
the UN cultural boycott of South Africa, designed to end Apartheid.