While all the posers are in Park City sipping hot cocoa, looking fabulous in their designer eyewear, and attending loads of screenings, we at MoviefiedNYC will be—well, we’ll be home in fabulous New York City, at least, this year anyway. Here are the films that will premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Who knows, maybe this year’s Grand Jury Prize winner will be next year’s Oscar nominee for Best Picture? Repeat after me, Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Korean with English subtitles, 2012, 108 minutes, b/w, South Korea, World Dramatic
Set during the 1948 Jeju Massacre in Korea, Jiseul tells the story of some 120 villagers who hid in a cave for 60 days from soldiers who were under shoot-to-kill orders. They suffer from severe cold and hunger but retain their sanity by making jokes and holding on to the hope that their wait is almost over. Eventually their endurance wanes, and fear begins to test the group’s mettle.
English and Spanish with English subtitles, 2012, 97 minutes, color, U.S.A./Chile, Midnight
If Alicia could just get some sleep, everything would be all right. As she and her close friend Sarah make their way through rural Chile with Sarah’s boyfriend, his sister, and their strange American friend Brink, Alicia’s insomnia slowly takes control. The difference between what is happening in reality and what is happening in her own mind becomes less and less clear to her. After she takes a stab at hypnosis to help solve the problem, things only get worse. As her waking nightmare continues, will her “friends” be her salvation or her downfall?
View Trailer2012, 102 minutes, Color + B/W, U.S.A., Doc Premieres
In a tiny Alabama town with the curious name of Muscle Shoals, something miraculous sprang from the mud of the Tennessee River. A group of unassuming, yet incredibly talented, locals came together and spawned some of the greatest music of all time: “Mustang Sally,” “I Never Loved a Man,” “Wild Horses,” and many more. During the most incendiary periods of racial hostility, white folks and black folks came together to create music that would last for generations and gave birth to the incomparable “Muscle Shoals sound.”
2013, 80 minutes, color, U.S.A., NEXT
Recovering from an ill-fated affair with a married man, Gabe finds solace in the relationship he maintains with his ex-wife and daughter. On the other side of town, Ernesto evades life at home with his current live-in ex-boyfriend by spending much of his spare time in the hospital with an ailing past love. Impervious to the monotony of their blue-collar world, they maintain an unwavering yearning for romance.
2012, 97 minutes, color, U.S.A., Midnight
Upon release from prison, a solitary man known only as “the Rambler” embarks on a mysterious journey en route to reconnecting with his long-lost brother. Traversing treacherous back roads, lost highways, and isolated small towns, he unearths a multitude of bizarre and wickedly depraved slices of Americana.
2012, 96 minutes, color, U.S.A., U.S. DramaticKris is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. But something bigger is going on. She is unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world, moving to nematodes, plant life, livestock, and back again. Along the way, she finds another being—a familiar, who is equally consumed by the larger force. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives.
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Rediscover classic works of independent cinema as the Sundance Film Festival presents a film from the vaults of the Sundance Collection at UCLA. Formed in partnership with the UCLA Film and Television Archive and growing through the support of donors, the Collection now contains more than 800 films.
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With media installations, multimedia performances, transmedia experiences, panels, films, and more, New Frontier highlights work that celebrates experimentation and the expansion of cinema culture through the convergence of film, art, and new media technology.
Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity proves the films selected in this section will inform a “greater” next wave in American cinema.
A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.
Limited only by run time, and driven by innovation and experimentation, short films transcend the rules of conventional storytelling. From cutting-edge animation to the best in Native and documentary cinema, these Shorts Programs call out filmmaking’s most original imaginations.
Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, the Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love.
16 world-premiere documentaries that illuminate the ideas, people, and events that shape the present day.
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.
Twelve documentaries by some of the most courageous and extraordinary filmmakers working today.
Fourteen films from emerging filmmaking talents offer fresh perspectives and inventive styles.
And what we really want to go to are the famous Sundance Panels.
Delve into the art, culture, and commerce of cinema. With the independent film world changing every day, Festival panels offer in-depth conversation, lively debates, and critical insights into a broad range of issues.
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