Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sundance Selections

Yesterday I chose the movies N. and I will be watching at Sundance.  Of course it wasn’t without its problems.  At exactly 6:00pm (my designated time), I tried to log onto the system and it gave me an error message.  It was obviously overloaded and I was getting flashbacks of when I tried to get tickets for the last Virgin FreeFest (which required using different browsers, websites, etc.).  Now that was a shenanigan!  However, this time around the lovely people at Sundance provided us with a number to call in these types of situations.  Time was of the essence and I didn’t want to miss out on selecting our films, so I promptly dialed the number and was able to select our films through the operator.  She was nice and even offered suggestions when films we wanted were already booked.  After all of that, here is what we’ll be watching during our time at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival:

(Director: Braden King; Written By: Braden King and Dani Valent) - On assignment to create a new, more accurate satellite survey of Armenia, an American cartographer forms a powerful bond with an Armenian expatriate and art photographer.

Can you say hot and steamy romance?

(Director and screenwriter: Dee Rees) - When forced to choose between losing her best friend or destroying her family, a Bronx teenager juggles conflicting identities and endures heartbreak in a desperate search for sexual expression.

Benavides Born
(Director: Amy Wendel; Screenwriters: Daniel Meisel and Amy Wendel) - A high school senior in a forgotten town has earned admission to the University of Texas at Austin but can't afford to go. Her one shot is a scholarship for winning the State Powerlifting Championship.

Happy, Happy
Norway (Director: Anne Sewitsky; Screenwriter: Ragnhild Tronvoll) - A perfect housewife, who just happens to be sex-starved, struggles to keep her emotions in check when an attractive family moves in next door.

Another Happy Day
A wedding at her parents’ Annapolis estate hurls high-strung Lynn into the fire of primal, Byzantine family dynamics. It’s the wedding of Lynn’s son, whom she was deprived of raising because of her acrimonious divorce, and a feud still rages between Lynn and her ex-husband’s hot-tempered wife.  Cast:  Ellen Barkin, Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore, Ellen Burstyn, Thomas Haden Church, George Kennedy

Hello Star Studded Cast!

U.S.A., Iran (Director and screenwriter: Maryam Keshavarz) - A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

Perfect Sense
When Susan (Eva Green), an epidemiologist, reemerges from an affair gone sour, she encounters a peculiar patient—a Glasgow truck driver who experienced a sudden, uncontrollable crying fit. Now he is calm, but he has lost his sense of smell.  Although Susan’s encounter with Michael (Ewan McGregor), a local restaurant chef, holds the promise of new love, the world is about to change dramatically. People across the globe begin to suffer strange symptoms, affecting the emotions, then the senses.  Cast:  Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Ewen Bremner, Stephen Dillane, Denis Lawson, Connie Nielsen

And how can you say no to Ewan McGregor?!

So, what do you think? How do you like our selections so far? Any of them pique your interest?

Film blurbs provided by the Sundance Film Festival website here and here.

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