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Independent Spirit Awards 2016: Spotlight is the Big Winner!

The last event that Academy Award-nominees and independent filmmakers attended was yesterday’s 31st Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica in which the winners were announced in a very fresh and elegant ceremony, almost giving us a clearer idea of the results of the Oscars who will be finally revealed tonight.

Check the full winners list below:

Best Feature
Anomalisa
Beasts of No Nation
Carol
Spotlight
Tangerine

Best Director
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation
Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, Anomalisa
David Robert Mitchell, It Follows
Sean Baker, Tangerine
Todd Haynes, Carol
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa
Donald Margulies, The End of the Tour
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight

 

Best First Screenplay
Emma Donoghue, Room
Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
John Magary, Russell Harbaugh & Myna Joseph, The Mend
Jonas Carpignano, Mediterranea
Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

 

Best First Feature
James White
Manos Sucias
Mediterranea
Songs My Brothers Taught Me
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Best Female Lead Best Female Lead

Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Brie Larson, Room
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine
Rooney Mara, Carol

Best Male Lead
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Christopher Abbott, James White
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Best Supporting Female
Best Supporting Female

Cynthia Nixon, James White
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa
Marin Ireland, Glass Chin
Mya Taylor, Tangerine
Robin Bartlett, H.

Best Supporting Male
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Kevin Corrigan, Results
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk

Best Documentary
Best Documentary

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Best of Enemies
Heart of a Dog
Meru
The Look of Silence
The Russian Woodpecker

Best Cinematography
Best Cinematography

Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation
Ed Lachman, Carol
Joshua James Richards, Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Michael Gioulakis, It Follows
Reed Morano, Meadowland

Best Editing
Julo C. Perez IV, It Follows
Kristan Sprague, Manos Sucias
Nathan Nugent, Room
Ronald Bronstein & Benny Safdie, Heaven Knows What
Tom McArdle, Spotlight

Best International Film
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Embrace of the Serpent
Gilrhood
Mustang
Son of Saul

John Cassavetes Award
Advantageous
Christmas, Again
Heaven Knows What
Krisha
Out of My Hand

Robert Altman Award
Spotlight

Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award
Chloe Zhao, Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Felix Thompson, King Jack
Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, God Bless the Child

Piaget Producers Award
Darren Dean
Mel Eslyn
Rebecca Green & Laura D. Smith

Truer Than Fiction
Alex Sichel & Elizabeth Giamatti, A Woman Like Me
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Incorruptible
Hemal Trivedi & Mohammed Ali Naqvi, Among the Believers

IFFR 2016: Academy Award-Nominated Movie Wins in Rotterdam!

After announcing the winning short films of the Tiger Awards on January 31st, the jury committee of Rotterdam International Film Festival announced the full list of winners for this year’s edition of the festival. Check the full list below:

Hivos Tiger Awards
Radio Dreams – Babak Jalali (USA)

Hivos Tiger Awards – Special Jury Award
La última Tierra – Pablo Lamar (Paraguay)
(Exceptional artistic achievement in sound design)

Tiger Awards for Short Films – European Film Award
We All Love the Seashore – Keina Espiñeira (Spain)

Tiger Awards for Short Films – Special Mention
Le Park – Randa Maroufi (France)

Tiger Awards for Short Films – Main Category
1. Dream English Kid 1964-1999 AD – Mark Leckey (UK)

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2. False Start – Yto Barrada (Morocco)

3. Engram of Returning – Daïchi Saïto (Canada)

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Warsteiner Audience Award
Land of Mine – Martin Zandvliet (Denmark/Germany)

Hubert Bals Fund Dioraphte Award
El abrazo de la serpiente – Ciro Guerra (Colombia)

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Award at the 2016 Academy Awards

Bright Future Award
Las Lindas – Melisa Liebenthal (Argentina)

VPRO Big Screen Award
Les Ogres – Léa Fehner (France)

MovieZone Award
Land of Mine – Martin Zandvliet (Denmark/Germany)

FIPRESCI Award
Bodkin Ras – Kaweh Modiri (Netherlands/Belgium)

NETPAC Award
The Plague at the Karatas Village – Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Kazakhstan)

KNF Award
De Waarneming – Frank Scheffer (Netherlands)

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Lions Film Award
Alba – Ana Cristina Barragán (Ecuador/Mexico/Greece)

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SAG 2016: Few Hot… and so Many Others Not!

I wonder what is happening to the award season! We are witnessing more bad taste, more bad looks and more people who wanted to make a fashion statement that turned out to be a complete failure. Thank God we still have Sofia Vergara to wow us in her hot pink Vera Wang custom made gown and Helen Mirren to dazzle us with her Jenny Packham silver gown!

From the 2016 SAG awards red carpet, see who’s hot and who is definitely not!

The HOT looks of the evening

Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang

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Helen Mirren in Jenny Packham

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Emilia Clarke in Dior

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Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab

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Queen Latifah in Michael Costello

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Saoirse Ronan in Michael Kors

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Anna Faris in Naeem Khan

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Maisie Williams in a tea-length Ermanno Scervino

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Laura Prepon in Carmen Marc Valvo

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Some of the countless worst looks of the evening

Gwendoline Christie in Lanvin

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 Christina Hendricks in her there-is-too-much-going-on-on-this-dress-Christian Siriano

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Julianne Moore in (what looks like a bad lettuce color) Givenchy

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Viola Davis in (what could need some extra ironing) Zac Posen

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Sarah Paulson in feathery Valentino

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Nicole Kidman in Gucci

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Sola Bamis with her huge unexplainable bow by Lola Wusu. Big disappointment!

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Brie Larson in Atelier Versace

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Also Read: Complete Winners List of the 2016 SAG Awards!

Priyanka Chopra in her too poofy too prom-dress look by Monique Lhuillier

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January Jones in Schiaparelli

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Ellie Kemper

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The WTH looks

Carol Burnett wants comfort over fashion. You could get it dear without your huge ugly slippers (not to mention the ugh outfit)

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Lori Petty … No comment!

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Gaby Hoffmann… the look… the pin… the shoes…

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Diane Madison and Kylie Hart in what my grandma won’t even choose to wear looks

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Melora Hardin in her horrific printed dress

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Complete Winners List of the 2016 SAG Awards!

We continue our special coverage of the Awards Season and our next stop is the Screen Actors Guild Awards which took place last night in Los Angeles. The nominated names and titles were very competitive and it was hard to choose the winners, that’s for sure!

Check the complete winners list below:

MOVIES

Male Leading Role

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Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Johnny Depp – Black Mass
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Female Leading Role

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Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Helen Mirren – Woman in Gold

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Sarah Silverman – I Smile Back

Outstanding Male Actor Supporting

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Christian Bale – The Big Short
Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
Jacob Tremblay – Room

Outstanding Female Actor Supporting

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Rooney Mara – Carol
Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
Helen Mirren – Trumbo
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Cast in a Movie

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Beasts of No Nation
The Big Short
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Trumbo

Outstanding Stunt Ensemble in a Movie

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Furious 7
Everest

Mad Max: Fury Road
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Jurassic World

Also Read: SAG 2016: Few Hot… and so Many Others Not!

TV

Female Actor TV Movie or Miniseries

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Nicole Kidman – Grace of Monaco
Queen Latifah – Bessie
Christina Ricci – The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

Susan Sarandon – The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
Kristen Wiig – The Spoils Before Dying

Male Actor TV Movie or Miniseries

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Idris Elba – Luther
Ben Kingsley – Tut

Ray Liotta – Texas Rising
Bill Murray – A Very Murray Christmas
Mark Ryalnce – Wolf Hall

Outstanding Male Comedy Series

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Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Louis C.K. – Louie
William H Macy – Shameless
Jim Parsons – Big Bang Theory
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Outstanding Female in Comedy Series

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Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

Ellie Kemper – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Ensemble Comedy Series

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Big Bang Theory
Key & Peele
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Transparent

Veep

Outstanding Male Actor Drama

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Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
Jon Hamm – Mad Men
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

Outstanding Female Actor Drama

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Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away With Murder
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife

Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Outstanding Ensemble Drama

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Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones

Homeland
House of Cards
Mad Men

Outstanding Stunt Ensemble Comedy or Drama

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Game of Thrones
The Blacklist

Dare Devil
Homeland
The Walking Dead

2016 Sundance Film Festival: The Birth of a Nation, Between Sea and Land, Morris From America and Sonita in the Lead!

After a long journey of films coming from all over the world, the winning long feature films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival were announced last night in Utah. Check the full list below:

U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
The Birth of a Nation

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Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic
Swiss Army Man

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Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic
Morris from America

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U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, As You Are

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U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Performance
Joe Seo, Spa Night

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U.S Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance
Melanie Lynskey, The Intervention

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and Craig Robinson, Morris from America

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Also Read: List of Sundance 2016’s Winning Short Films

U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Weiner

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Directing Award: U.S. Documentary
Life, Animated

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U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing
NUTS!

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U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking
Trapped

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U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Writing
Kate Plays Christine

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U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Vérité Filmmaking
The Bad Kids

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Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Embrace of the Serpent

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World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Sand Storm

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Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic
Belgica

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World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting
Vicky Hernandéz and Manolo Cruz, Between Sea and Land

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World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting
Mi Amiga del Parque

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World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Unique Vision & Design
The Lure

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World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Sonita

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Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary
All These Sleepless Nights

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World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Best Debut Feature
When Two Worlds Collide

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World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography
The Land of the Enlightened

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World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing
We Are X

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Also Read: 7 Feature Films to Watch at this Year’s Sundance!

Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic
The Birth of a Nation

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Audience Award: U.S. Documentary
Jim: The James Foley Story

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Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic
Between Sea and Land

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Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary
Sonita

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Audience Award: NEXT
First Girl I Loved

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You can follow all our Sundance Film Festival coverage on our hashtag #CineTrotterSFF.

List of Sundance 2016’s Winning Short Films

Even though the festival didn’t end yet and continues to bring a large number of exceptional worldwide films till Sunday, January 31st, Sundance revealed today the list of winners of the short films program, and here they are:

Short Film Grand Jury Prize
Thunder Road – Jim Cummings (U.S.A.)

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Officer Arnaud loved his mom.

Remaining Screenings:
Thursday 28 at 6 PM | Broadway Centre Cinema 6
Friday 29 at 3 PM | Yarrow Hotel Theatre

Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction
Maman(s) – Maïmouna Doucouré (France)

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Life is disrupted for eight-year-old Aida when her father returns with a young Senegalese woman, Rama, whom he introduces as his second wife. Sensitive to her mother’s distress, Aida decides to get rid of the new visitor.

Remaining Screening:
Saturday 30 at 7 PM | Holiday Village Cinema 4

Also Read: 2016 Sundance Film Festival: The Birth of a Nation, Between Sea and Land, Morris From America and Sonita in the Lead!

Short Film Jury Award – U.S. Fiction
The Procedure – Calvin Lee Reeder (U.S.A.)

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A man is captured and forced to endure a strange experiment.

Remaining Screening:
Friday 29 at 1 PM | Holiday Village Cinema 4

Short Film Jury Award – Non-Fiction
Bacon & God’s Wrath – Sol Friedman (Canada)

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A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.

Remaining Screening:
Thursday 28 at 9 PM | Yarrow Hotel Theatre

Also Read: 11 Short Films not to be Missed at this Year’s Sundance Film Festival!

Short Film Jury Award: Animation
Edmond – Nina Gantz (United Kingdom)

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Edmond’s impulse to love and be close to others is strong—maybe too strong. As he stands by a lake contemplating his options, he reflects on his defining moments in search of the origin of his desires.

Remaining Screening:
Thursday 28 at 4 PM | Holiday Village Cinema 4

Short Film Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance
Grace Glowicki in Her Friend Adam (Canada)

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A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.

Remaining Screening:
Saturday 30 at 5:30 PM | Prospector Square Theatre

Short Film Special Jury Award for Best Direction
Peacock – Ondřej Hudeček (Czech Republic)

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A twisted queer romance set in picturesque 19th-century Bohemia tells the true story of the birth of one of the nation’s most influential writers, with suspense, laughter, violence, hope, nudity, sex, and a happy ending—mostly a happy ending.

Remaining Screening:
Thursday 28 at 4 PM | Holiday Village Cinema 4

 

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

11 Short Films not to be Missed at this Year’s Sundance Film Festival!

Just like every year, Sundance Film Festival brings a large number of short films to be screened and to compete during the festival. This year, we have chosen 11 short films that are worth watching, mixed between animations, fictions and documentaries.

Animation Spotlight

Screening dates & venues:
Tuesday 26 at 3 PM | Broadway Centre Cinema 6
Saturday 30 at 8:30 PM | Holiday Village Cinema 1

1. Waves ’98 Ely Dagher (15 minutes)

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Disillusioned with life in the suburbs of segregated Beirut, Omar’s discovery lures him into the city. Immersed into a world that is close yet isolated, he loses track and finds himself struggling to keep his attachments and sense of home.

2. Pombo Loves You – Steve Warne (12 minutes)

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A distant father is forced to confront a heroic but troubled past life as ’80s TV character Pombo.

3. Life Smartphone – Chenglin Xie (3 minutes)

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The phenomenon of increasing smartphone addiction can be attributed to today’s cutting-edge technology. Staring at glowing screens instead of exploring the vast expanse of life, people are gradually alienating themselves from the richness, depth, and loveliness of life.

4. Bob Dylan Hates Me – Caveh Zahedi (6 minutes)

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Independent filmmaker Caveh Zahedi meets his childhood idol.

5. The Grandfather Drum – Michelle Derosier (13 minutes)

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As the balance of the world turns upside down for the Anishinabek people, the elder Naamowin builds a healing drum to save his grandson and his people.

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Documentary Shorts Program

Screening date & venue:
Thursday 28 at 9 PM | Yarrow Hotel Theatre

6. Flower of a Thousand Colours – Karen Vazquez Guadarrama (23 minutes)

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Flower of a Thousand Colours shows an intimate slice of the life of Emiliana, a loving mother who struggles every day with her rough environment—a Bolivian mining camp.

7. Jáaji Approx. – Sky Hopinka (8 minutes)

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Against landscapes that the artist and his father traversed, audio of the father in the Ho-Chunk language is transcribed using the International Phonetic Alphabet, which tapers off, narrowing the distance between recorder and recordings, new and traditional, memory and song.

8. A Woman and Her Car – Loïc Darses (28 minutes)

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December 31, 2003: Lucie decides to write a letter to the man who abused her from the age of 8 to 12 years old and resolves to personally bring it to him, wherever he may be.

Midnight Shorts Program

Screening dates & venues:
Monday 25 at 11:30 PM | Prospector Square Theatre
Friday 29 at 1 PM | Holiday Village Cinema 4

9. Boniato – Eric Mainade, Andres Meza-Valdes & Diego Meza-Valdes (22 minutes)

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An illegal migrant worker decides it’s time to move on from picking crops and find a better job. Little does she know, insidious supernatural forces have a different plan for her. Some borders aren’t meant to be crossed.

10. The Chickening – Nick DenBoer and Davy Force (6 minutes)

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All pork and no chicken makes Jack a dull boy. Luckily, Jack gets a new job as senior chief night manager at Charbay’s Chicken World and Restaurant Resort, the world’s largest fast-food entertainment complex; however, things quickly get very clucked.

New Frontier Shorts

Screening dates & venues:
Monday 25 at 6:30 PM | Redstone Cinema 1
Friday 29 at 6 PM | Broadway Centre Cinema 6
Saturday 30 at 6:15 PM | Holiday Village Cinema 2

11. Swimming in Your Skin Again – Terence Nance (22 minutes)

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This intensely musical film is about the spiritual anchorages of life in and around Miami. The story is drenched in the heat, spirit, and landscape of southern Florida.

 

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

 

The Angry Birds Movie in Cinemas in May 2016!

Plot: The Angry Birds all live in a small paradise of flightless birds. However, when they learn of the impending arrival of the Bad Piggies (Ross, Earl, Foreman, Chef Pig, Minion Pigs, and Corporal), led by Leonard, the King Pig, the Angry Birds must team up to investigate the Bad Piggies and find out their evil plans.

7 Feature Films to Watch at this Year’s Sundance!

This year’s Sundance Film Festival continues today in its second day, bringing a large number of various films from around the world to several screening venues. As we are following-up the festival’s films and updates, we would like to share with you a list of some movies you must watch.

1. Halal Love Assad Fouladkar (95 minutes)

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Squabbling newlyweds Batoul and Mokhtar play with fire as they continually threaten divorce over Mokhtar’s possessive jealousy. Their neighbor, Salim, thinks “a bit of nooky fixes everything.” However, Salim’s exhausted wife, Awatef, starts grooming a potential second wife to help deal with his nooky demands, and their precocious daughters come up with their own wild theory about the birds and the bees. Meanwhile Loubna, a divorcée and up-and-coming clothing designer, hopes for a second chance with her first love, green grocer Abu Ahmad, through a potentially scandalous secret marriage.

Screening dates and venues:
– Saturday 23 at 6 PM | Salt Lake City Library Theatre
– Monday 25 at 2:30 PM | Prospector Square Theatre
– Tuesday 26 at 12 PM | Yarrow Hotel Theatre
– Friday 29 at 12 PM | Temple Theatre
– Saturday 30 at 8:30 AM | Holiday Village Cinema 1

2. Captain Fantastic – Matt Ross (120 minutes)

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Ben lives with his wife and six young children, isolated from society deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest. A devoted father, Ben dedicates his life to transforming his kids into extraordinary adults. He immerses them in an academically and physically rigorous environment and instills in them a rare and primal connection to the natural world. When a tragedy strikes, the family is forced to leave their self-created paradise. Suddenly the children must face the excitement and the perils of an unfamiliar outside world while Ben is compelled to reexamine his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Screening dates and venues:
– Saturday 23 at 6:30 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Sunday 24 at 9 AM | Library Center Theatre
– Sunday 24 at 9:15 PM | The Grand Theatre
– Monday 25 at 12 PM | Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room
– Tuesday 26 at 7 PM | Redstone Cinema 2
– Friday 29 at 9 PM | Broadway Centre Cinema 6
– Saturday 30 at 3:30 PM | Eccles Theatre

3. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan (135 minutes)

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Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother’s heart has given out suddenly, and he’s been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren’t enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.

Screening dates and venues:
– Saturday 23 at 3 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Sunday 24 at 8:30 AM | The Marc
– Sunday 24 at 6 PM | Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
– Tuesday 26 at 6:30 PM | Perry’s Egyptian Theatre
– Friday 29 at 6 PM | Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room
– Saturday 30 at 8:30 PM | Egyptian Theatre
– Sunday 31 at 12:15 PM | Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

4. Swiss Army Man – Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (95 minutes)

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Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body washes ashore, and he soon realizes it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new “friend” and an unusual bag of tricks, the duo go on an epic adventure to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.

Screening dates and venues:
– Friday 22 at 3:30 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Saturday 23 at 6:15 PM | The Grand Theatre
– Sunday 24 at 11:30 PM | Prospector Square Theatre
– Wednesday 27 at 12 PM | Yarrow Hotel Theatre
– Friday 29 at 9 PM | Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room
– Saturday 30 at 11:15 AM | The Marc

5. Love and Friendship – Whit Stillman (94 minutes)

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Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, Love & Friendship focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon, who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica—and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia, but two particularly handsome suitors complicate her orchestrations.

Screening dates and venues:
– Saturday 23 at 9:45 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Sunday 24 at 9 AM | Eccles Theatre
– Sunday 24 at 6:15 PM | The Grand Theatre
– Saturday 30 at 6:30 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Sunday 31 at 10 AM | Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room

6. Mr. Pig – Diego Luna (92 minutes)

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Eubanks, an old-school pig farmer from Georgia on the brink of losing his family farm, sets off on a road trip with Howard, his beloved and very large pig. As they make their way across the border to Mexico to find “Howie” a new home, Eubanks’ drinking and deteriorating health begin to take a toll, derailing their plans. His estranged daughter, Eunice (Maya Rudolph), is forced to join them on their adventure. Driven by strong convictions and stubbornness in his old ways, Eubanks attempts to make peace through his devotion to Howie and desire to mend his broken relationships.

Screening dates and venues:
– Tuesday 26 at 9:15 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Wednesday 27 at 8:30 AM | The Marc
– Saturday 30 at 6:15 PM | The Grand Theatre

7. The Free World – Jason Lew (100 minutes)

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Mo Lundy is a man attempting to move past a brutal two-decade stint in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He spends his days caring for abused animals at a shelter while trying in vain to reintegrate into a world that feels utterly foreign to him. A chance encounter with Doris, an enigmatic kindred spirit equally scarred by violence, lands him in a situation where choosing to do the right thing means risking his hard-won freedom and his life.

Screening dates and venues:
– Tuesday 26 at 12:15 PM | Eccles Theatre
– Wednesday 27 at 9 PM | Library Center Theatre
– Thursday 28 at 12:30 PM | Redstone Cinema 1
– Friday 29 at 8:30 AM | Egyptian Theatre
– Saturday 30 at 12:15 PM | The Grand Theatre

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