Καλή (φεστιβαλική) χρονιά: Sundance line-up

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[Choke: πήγα να πνιγώ νυχτιάτικα καθότι βλέπω πολύ mainstream. Kαι να μη ξεχάσω οι Μπλε Βλεφαρίδες είναι στο World Cinema Competition του Sundance. Και το Βιολί του Φρανσίσκο Βάργκας που βγαίνει σήμερα στις αίθουσες κέρδισε πέρσι το βραβείο στις Ημέρες Ανεξαρτησίας. Αχ κύριε Δανίκα,τα διαβάζετε αυτά; σιγά, κανένας έλληνας κριτικός δεν ασχολείται. Ο El Greco να’ ναι καλά που «είναι διεθνής και φαίνεται»!!!!]

DRAMATIC COMPETITION 

“American Son,” directed by Neil Abramson (“Without Air”) and written by Eric Schmid, concerns a Marine’s four-day leave and his attempt at a romance before being sent into active duty. With Nick Cannon, Tom Sizemore and Chi McBride.

“Anywhere, U.S.A.,” directed by and starring Anthony (Chusy) Haney-Jardine and written by Haney-Jardine and Jennifer Macdonald, is an experimental, three-part feature about manners, prejudice and family dynamics.

 “Ballast,” directed and written by Lance Hammer, offers a lyrical look at the effect of a tragedy on an impoverished family in the Mississippi Delta.

“Choke,” directed and written by Clark Gregg, is a raw mother-son comedy starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston, based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk (“Fight Club”).

“Downloading Nancy,” directed by Johan Renck and written by Pamela Cuming and Lee Ross, is a very dark study of a terminally unhappy woman’s tortured love affair. Maria Bello, Jason Patric, Rufus Sewell and Amy Brenneman star.

“Frozen River,” directed and written by Courtney Hunt, stars Melissa Leo as a woman on New York’s Mohawk Reservation who takes up illegal-immigrant smuggling to survive.

“Good Dick,” directed and written by Marianna Palka, stars Palka as a vulnerable young woman drawn into a relationship with a videostore clerk.

“The Last Word,” directed and written by Geoff Haley, is an irreverent romantic comedy centering on a reclusive writer-for-hire of suicide notes. Winona Ryder, Wes Bentley and Ray Romano star in the ThinkFilm release.

“The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” directed and written by Rawson Thurber (“Dodgeball”), is an adaptation of Michael Chabon’s first novel concerning sexual exploration and a tense father-son relationship. Jon Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sienna Miller, Mena Suvari and Nick Nolte star.

“North Starr,” directed and written by Matthew Stanton, concerns a Houston man who, after witnessing his best friend’s murder, moves to a backward rural town.

“Phoebe in Wonderland,” directed and written by Daniel Barnz, is an unusual coming-of-age tale about a girl (Elle Fanning) who takes her dysfunctional family on an unexpected journey. Felicity Huffman, Patricia Clarkson, Bill Pullman and Campbell Scott star.

“Pretty Bird,” directed and written by Paul Schneider, is an archetypal American story about three entrepreneurs whose partnership goes awry in nasty ways. Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, Kristen Wiig and David Hornsby star.

“Sleep Dealer,” directed by Alex Rivera and written by Rivera and David Riker, is a social commentary-infused sci-fier about three strangers who attempt to break through future technological barriers to connect in a world of closed borders and virtual labor.

“Sugar,” directed and written by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, features Algenis Perez Soto as a Dominican baseball star recruited to play in the U.S. minor leagues.

“Sunshine Cleaning,” directed by Christine Jeffs and written by Megan Holley, stars Amy Adams and Emily Blunt as sisters who try to climb out of poverty by working in biohazard removal and crime scene clean-up. Steve Zahn, Alan Arkin and Clifton Collins Jr. star.

“The Wackness,” directed and written by Jonathan Levine, is a comedy about a teen drug dealer (Josh Peck) who falls for the daughter of his drug-taking shrink (Ben Kingsley).Famke Janssen, Olivia Thirlby, Mary Kate Olsen and Method Man also star.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

“An American Soldier,” directed and written by Edet Belzberg, looks at one of the U.S. Army’s top recruiters.

“American Teen,” directed and written by Nanette Burstein, is an irreverent, frank account of four Indiana high school seniors.

“Bigger, Faster, Stronger,” directed by Christopher Bell and written by Bell, Alexander Buono and Tamsin Rawady, follows three brothers (including the filmmaker) who use steroids.

“Fields of Fuel,” directed and written by Josh Tickell, follows Tickell as he takes on “big oil, big government and big soy” while proselytizing for energy alternatives.

“Flow: For Love of Water,” directed by Irena Salina, confronts the possibility that Earth’s supply of this essential liquid is dwindling.

“Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” directed by Alex Gibney, looks at the late author’s prime period of 1965-75 via previously unavailable home movies, audio recordings and unpublished manuscripts.

“The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo” is directed and written by Lisa F. Jackson, who traveled to the Congo war zones to record the testimony of rape survivors.

“I.O.U.S.A.,” directed by Patrick Creadon, is an examination of the United States’ precarious financial condition that also advances ideas to avoid national economic disaster.

“Nerakhoon” (The Betrayal), directed and written by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath, is the culmination of a 20-year project to portray the struggle of the latter’s family to survive the impact of U.S. foreign policy in Laos and to understand his father’s involvement in the war.

“The Order of Myths,” directed and written by Margaret Brown, concerns the 2007 Mardi Gras in Mobile, Ala., where the event remains segregated.

“Patti Smith: Dream of Life,” directed and written by Steven Sebring, is a 12-year project that offers an intimate portrait of the poet-musician.

“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” directed and written by Marina Zenovich, focuses on the director’s decision to flee his legal problems in the U.S.

“Secrecy,” directed by Peter Galison and Robb Moss, investigates the world of government secrecy.

“Slingshot Hip Hop,” directed by Jackie Reem Salloum, looks at Palestinian rappers.

“Traces of the Trade,” directed by Katrina Browne, co-directed by Alla Kovgan and Jude Ray, written by Browne and Kovgan, is a fresh look at personal history by descendants of the largest slave-trading family in America.

“Trouble the Water,” directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, incorporates the video diary of a young couple and family who struggled to survive post-Katrina despair and difficulty.

(Λ.Α)

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