Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Canada's "Movie Star" And "Last Train Home" @ Sundance...

The Sundance Film Festival, the world's main event for independent cinema, runs Jan. 21-31, 2010 in Park City, Utah.

Sundance is noted for discovering/launching the best indie titles, including the most recent, 2009's "Precious" and "An Education".

The 2010 Festival received 2,080 submissions for narrative features and 1644 docs, totaling 3,724 films viewed by fest programmers for final selections.

Presenting sponsors are Entertainment Weekly, HP, Honda and Sundance Channel, bolstered by support from the Sundance Institute.

According to Fest founder, actor/director Robert Redford there will not be as much 'glitz $ hoopla' surrounding Sundance as there was in Toronto at TIFF.

"We don't do red carpet and we don't have government officials and executives who demand this sort of thing, so we decided we didn't need that kind of opening night," he said.

The 2010 Sundance Competition Lineup will include:

"Blue Valentine", directed by Derek Cianfrance, "Douchebag", directed by Drake Doremus, "The Dry Land", directed and written by Ryan Piers Williams, "Happythankyoumoreplease", directed and written by Josh Radnor, "Hesher", directed by Spencer Susser, "Holy Rollers", directed by Kevin Tyler Asch, "Howl", directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, "The Imperialists Are Still Alive!" , directed and written by Zeina Durra, "Lovers of Hate", directed and written by Bryan Poyser, "Night Catches Us", directed and written by Tanya Hamilton, "Obselidia", directed and written by Diane Bell, "Skateland", directed by Anthony Burns, "Sympathy for Delicious", directed by Mark Ruffalo, "3 Backyards", directed and written by Eric Mendelsohn, "Welcome to the Rileys", directed by Jake Scott and"Winter's Bone", directed by Debra Granik.

Canadian films screening at the Fest will include the feature "Grown Up Movie Star", directed/written by Adriana Maggs and the documentary "Last Train Home", directed by Fan Lixin.

"Grown Up Movie Star" follows the story of disgraced NHL star 'Ray' and his daughters 'Ruby' and 'Rose'. Once the town hero, Ray returns home to Newfoundland from the US following a drug conviction, only to have hos wife 'Lillian' abandon him for another man.

"Last Train Home", the first feature from Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan, is an 'observational' doc that charts the dramatic practice of 130 million Chinese workers traveling home from the nation’s cities once a year to celebrate the New Year...