Sundance Film Fest 2007 Daily Coverage Coming Soon from FS.net
by Alex Billington
January 12, 2007
The unforgettable Sundance Film Festival is starting in just under a week's time and this year should be pretty interesting. For my own first time and also as a first time for FirstShowing.net, I will be out covering and blogging daily from Sundance in Park City, Utah to discuss the latest and greatest in the independent film world.
I'm quite excited to head out there and meet-up with some other big movie websites like SlashFilm, Ain't It Cool News, Cinematical, etc. and will be connecting up with my brother who lives in Salt Lake City as well. There are a number of films showing that have sparked my interest and are on my own to-see list, and I'm hopefully get to as many as I can. As of course is always the situation, I won't make it to every last film showing at Sundance, so the following are some of my priority picks.
In addition to daily updates, I will also be providing updates to our weekly podcast, the HypeCast, on what I've seen and interviews and reviews. So keep watching over the next few weeks for interviews, reviews, and plenty of great coverage from the 2007 Sundance Film Festival!
An American Crime
Cast: Catherine Keener, Ellen Page, James Franco, Bradley Whitford
Intro: The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Why? Sounds pretty thrilling - and I think Ellen Page is an incredible actress.
Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Jamel Debbouze, Rie Rasmussen, Gilbert Melki, Serge Riaboukine
Intro: A beautiful woman helps an inept scam artist get his game together.
Why? Luc Besson's last film made before Arthur and the Invisibles - in black and white, too!
Cast: N/A - Documentary
Intro: 1982's Video Game World Champions share their philosophies on joysticks, groupies and life.
Why? A fun documentary about the Pac-Man world championships in the 80's - one of the few docs I'm actually interested in!
Cast: Hank Azaria, Dylan Baker, Nick Nolte, Mark Ruffalo, Roy Scheider, Liev Schreiber, Leonard Weinglass, Jeffrey Wright
Intro: Archival footage, animation, and music are used to look back at the eight anti-war protesters who were put on trial following the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Why? Animated similarily to Scanner Darkly and the opening premiere - must be good!
Cast: Brenda Blethyn, Khan Chittenden, Emma Booth, Richard Wilson, Frankie J. Holden, Rebecca Gibney
Intro: A sexual coming of age comedy about a shy and inexperienced 20 year-old, his raucous comedienne mother, and his assertive, accidentally funny girlfriend.
Why? Sounds interesting, worth seeing.
Comrades in Dreams
Cast: N/A - Documentary
Intro: Comrades in Dreams brings together six cinema makers from North Korea, America, India and Africa and follows their efforts to make their audiences dream every night. In doing so, the film dives into a set of fascinating lives where stories from the everyday and from the silver screen frequently merge into something magical.
Why? I'm all about the cinematic experience and just interested in seeing what this is all about.
Eagle vs. Shark
Cast: Loren Horsley, Jemaine Clement, Craig Hall, Rachel House, Brian Sergent, Joel Tobeck
Intro: Eagle vs Shark is the tale of two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love; through revenge on high-school bullies, burgers, and video games.
Why? A "cute" (I hope) comedy of sorts that looks quirky and quite entertaining.
Cast: Parker Posey, Jeff Goldblum, James Urbaniak, Saffron Burrows, Liam Aiken, Thomas Jay Ryan
Intro: A ten-years-later continuation of Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool", where Fay Grim is coerced by a CIA agent to try and locate notebooks that belonged to her fugitive ex-husband. Published in them is information that could compromises the security of the U.S., causing Fay to first head to Paris to fetch them…
Why? Another intriguing film that just has perked my interest.
Cast: Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker, Tim Blake Nelson, Henry Czerny
Intro: Timmy Robinson's best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when FIDO eats the next-door neighbor…
Why? Already plenty of great buzz from Toronto Film Fest - and Carrie-Anne Moss!
The Good Life
Cast: Mark Webber, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Paxton, Harry Dean Stanton, Chris Klein, Patrick Fugit, Drea de Matteo, Bruce McGill
Intro: A young man is encouraged by a new friend to cope with living in a town where he doesn't necessarily fit in.
Why? I just love Zooey Deschanel, and it's another one I'm looking forward to seeing.
The Good Night
Director: Jake Paltrow
Cast: PenÃ©lope Cruz, Danny DeVito, Martin Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Simon Pegg, Keith Allen, Amber Sealey
Intro: A former pop star who now writes commercial jingles for a living experiences a mid-life crisis.
Why? An all-star cast and vastly intriguing story - sounds good!
Director: Steve Buscemi
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Sienna Miller
Intro: After falling out with his editor, a fading political journalist is forced to interview America's most popular soap actress.
Why? Who would want to miss Steve Buscemi's latest directorial attempt?
King of California
Cast: Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood, Willis Burks II, Laura Kachergus
Intro: An unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that there's Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia.
Why? From a great trailer and just pure excitement, I'm very much looking forward to this drama.
The Last Mimzy
Cast: Joely Richardson, Timothy Hutton, Michael Clarke Duncan, Rainn Wilson, Kathryn Hahn, Chris O'Neil
Intro: Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange and sometimes terrifying world.
Why? A children's fantasy PG film all directed by the founder and co-CEO of New Line Cinema.
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, Melissa McCarthy, Elle Fanning, David Denman, Octavia Spencer, Dahlia Salem
Intro: A troubled actor, a television show runner, and an acclaimed videogame designer find their lives intertwining in mysterious and unsettling ways.
Why? Probably the story I'm most mystified by out of nearly anything out of Sundance.
Cast: Nana Patekar, Venkatesh Chavan, Jhangir Badshah, Ayesha Mohan, Malcom Faria
Intro: A boy working in a hotel becomes obsessed with a swimming pool in the opulent hills of Panjim, Goa in India. His life gets turned upside down when he attempts to meet the mysterious family that arrives at the house.
Why? An Indian drama with some very interesting appeal - worth checking out.
Cast: Katie Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Natalie Press
Intro: Jackie works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him.
Why? A big winner at last year's Cannes, I need to check it out to find out if it's as good as being said.
Cast: Reece Daniel Thompson, Anna Kendrick, Nicholas D'Agosto, Vincent Piazza
Intro: A teenage boy with a horrific stuttering problem joins his high-school debate team in an ill-fated effort to win the girl of his dreams.
Why? Yet another one that I'm purely interested in and looking forward to.
Cast: Anna Faris, John Krasinski, Adam Brody, Danny Masterson, Jane Lynch, Michael Hitchcock, John Cho
Intro: After a young actress unknowingly eats her roommate's pot brownies, her day becomes a series of misadventures.
Why? A trippy, Marijuana induced comedy that sounds like a unique film.
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Angarano, Griffin Dunne, Amy Sedaris, Olivia Thirlby
Intro: A drama that interweaves the life of a teenager, with his old baby sitter, her estranged husband, and their daughter.
Why? Kate Beckinsale? As a snow angel?! Need I say any more?
Cast: Jess Weixler, John Hensley, Josh Pais, Hale Appleman, Lenny Von Dohlen, Vivienne Benesch, Ashley Springer, Julia Garro, Adam Wagner
Intro: Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence.
Why? Besides the film starring an acquaintance, it's been talked about quite early on from even big horror sites.
Cast: Kevin Kline, Cesar Ramos, Alicja Bachleda, Paulina Gaitan, Marco PÃ©rez, Pasha D. Lynchnikoff
Intro: Adriana is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, to save her. Trapped and terrified by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, Adriana's only friend and protector throughout her ordeal is Veronica, a young Polish woman tricked into the trade by the same criminal gang.
Why? The trailer just looked incredible, and I can't wait to see what this controversial film is all about.
Cast: Nick Cannon, Paul Dano, Mark Webber, Riley Smith, Regine Nehy, Jade Yorker, Amy Ferguson, Arliss Howard, Toni Trucks
Intro: Weapons presents a series of brutal, seemingly random youth-related killings over the course of a weekend in a typical small town in America,and tragically reveals how they are all interrelated.
Why? As always, Sundance is about exploring little known films, and this one is another one I'd love to check out.
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