The first ever UK Sundance Festival will be taking place from the 26th to the 29th of April this year. There will be a special selection of 14 films chosen from among those screened in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, plus music events and 'An Evening with Robert Redford' on the opening night.
Those of us who invested in advanced ticket packages have this week been gearing up make our film choices online - apparently I will get half an hour to make my choices, starting from 9 am tomorrow. This is slightly nerve-wracking, but hopefully it will all come right in the end. This morning I have been extremely organised, and made three seperate ticket booking plans - Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C. Now let's just hope I don't oversleep and the internet doesn't choose tomorrow morning to play silly buggers. Otherwise, I'll have to get my tickets at the O2 box office with the common herd.
Anyway, the films I am most looking forward to seeing at the festival are:
Nobody Walks – The story of a family who take a young artist into their home, directed by Russo-Young.
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty – A partly animated film by Terence Nance. An artist considers the ideas of experience and emotion after he is stood up on a date.
The Queen of Versailles – A documentary about a billionaire couple who have built a 90,000 foot square mansion based on the palace at Versailles.
For Ellen – A drama starring Paul Dano and directed by So Yong Kim. A struggling musician must drive overnight to fight his estranged wife for custody of their daughter.
LUV – With an appearance from Danny Glover, drama LUV is set over the course of one day and shows a shy thirteen-year-old boy bonding with his troubled uncle.
Chasing Ice – A documentary by Jeff Orlowski highlighting the dangers of climate change through the work of National Geographic photographer James Balog. The film follows Balog as he crosses the arctic capturing disappearing ice fields with time-lapse cameras.
Finding North – A documentary looking into issues of food supply and hunger in the United States, the richest country in the world.
The House I Live In – A Documentary by Eugene Jarecki examining America’s ‘war on drugs’ and how it has destroyed families and communities in the US without ever seeming to have an effect on the drug trade.
Surprisingly the Grand Jury Prize Winner from Utah, Beasts of the Southern Wild, is not going to be screened in London, which is a bit disappointing - however, the line up is still looking pretty good, if a little documentary-heavy. If I play my cards right (and the darn thing hasn't sold out already) I may even be able to get in to see the Sundance Kid himself, Robert Redford. I'll post an update when I've recovered from the ordeal of booking...