Sundance Film Festival Opens Today!

The annual Sundance Film Festival kicks off today with its 15th edition, featuring a large number of films including features, shorts and documentaries. We will be covering on daily basis, from January 21 to 31, the screening program along with all the news and updates of the festival. So here is today’s screening program taking place at Park City, Utah:

ECCLES THEATRE

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Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitical debates on race, class, creed, and feminism.
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David, a struggling comedy writer fresh off from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves from New York City to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and much-younger sisters for the first time in ten years, he feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother’s health declines, David frantically tries to extract meaning from this horrible experience and convince everyone (including himself) that he’s “doing okay.”

Directed by Chris Kelly
Country: U.S.A.
Screening Time: 9 PM | Run Time: 97 minutes

 

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Belgica is the story of two brothers: charismatic and temperamental Frank—a husband, father, and an incurable womanizer—and his ambitious-but-green, one-eyed younger brother Jo, who owns a dive bar called Belgica. When Frank helps Belgica become the place to be for great music, beautiful people, and debauched fun, the brothers become business partners to expand the bar. Belgica quickly becomes bigger and better, and the brothers seem to have discovered the formula for success—until they learn that running a business on this scale is more complicated than they realized, and their relationship and personal lives suffer.
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Cai Guo-Qiang is an electrifying artist who creates massive drawings from fireworks, meant to unite Eastern philosophy and contemporary social issues. Most famous for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, Cai Guo-Qiang explores the connections between the human and the cosmic, destruction and creation, the eternal and the fleeting. The film follows the artist across the globe as he creates large-scale, visually stunning new work with explosives, and it traces his rise from an ordinary child growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution to the art superstar that he is today.

EGYPTIAN THEATRE
Shorts Program 1 at 8:30 PM | Run Time: 98 minutes
(This program will be screened again on Friday, January 22 at 8:30 AM)

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In this darkly comic take on the dual realities of friendship, a dinner party goes painfully sour.
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When Dusty masturbates for the first time, something terrible happens.
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Guided expertly by those who live on the land and are driven by the pulse of the natural world, this story takes us on an exhilarating journey from the far north to the urban south.

Directed by Caroline Monnet
Country: Canada

It’s Not You

Directed by Don McKellar
Country: Canada

Speaking is Difficult

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This film always begins in the present day. A scene of tragedy unfolds, accompanied by fear, chaos, and disbelief. As it rewinds into the past, retracing our memories, it tells a cumulative history that is both unbearable and inevitable.

Directed by AJ Schnack
Country: U.S.A.

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Arguably the most influential creator, writer, and producer in the history of television, Norman Lear brought primetime into step with the times. Using comedy and indelible characters, his legendary 1970s shows such as All In the Family, Maude, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, boldly cracked open dialogue and shifted the national consciousness, injecting enlightened humanism into sociopolitical debates on race, class, creed, and feminism.

Directed by Maïmouna Doucouré
Country: France

The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere

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Haru Urara, a Japanese racehorse, became a national icon after enduring a losing streak of epic proportions. Dubbed “The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere,” she was a symbol of perseverance and inspiration during a time of economic crisis.

Directed by Mickey Duzyj
Country: Japan

You can follow all our Sundance Film Festival coverage on our hashtag #CineTrotterSFF.
Click here to check the full schedule of the festival.

 

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