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Jan 29, 2012

“Beasts,” “The Surrogate” aim for post-Sundance success

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – Dramas “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “The Surrogate” won big at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend, giving the event a burst of energy after early movies with grim sagas and star names failed to impress critics.

“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a poetic, mystical tale of the bond between a father and daughter, set in impoverished Louisiana with a cast of non-actors, won the jury prize for best U.S. drama and another for its cinematography.

Jan 29, 2012

“Beasts,” “The House I Live In” win top awards at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “The House I Live in” won the top awards at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, making them likely favorites for independent movie audiences in 2012.

Directed by Benh Zeitlin and set in impoverished Louisiana, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” picked up the jury prize for best drama with its tale of the bond between a father and a daughter.

Jan 28, 2012

“Shadow Dancer” lifts crowd at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – A tense thriller about a mother deeply entrenched in the IRA and forced to choose between the organization and the family she loves has earned high praise among the foreign films at this week’s Sundance Film festival.

“Shadow Dancer,” set against a backdrop of a Northern Ireland in transition, gave the festival a lift after it premiered earlier this week following some of the higher-profile U.S. fiction films that have failed to live up to pre-festival hype.

Jan 27, 2012

British film “Shadow Dancer” lifts crowd at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – A tense British thriller about a mother deeply entrenched in the IRA and forced to choose between the organization and the family she loves has earned high praise among the foreign films at this week’s Sundance Film festival.

“Shadow Dancer,” set against a backdrop of a Northen Ireland in transition, gave the festival a lift after it premiered earlier this week following some of the higher-profile U.S. fiction films that have failed to live up to pre-festival hype.

Jan 26, 2012

Finding Paul Simon, seeking “Sugar Man” at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – Two documentaries that cast eyes back to South African apartheid and speak to music’s healing power have shared the spotlight at the Sundance Film Festival this week among a wide selection of movies about songs, singers and musicians.

Nonfiction films “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,” in which rapper and actor Ice-T interviews Eminem, Nas, Snoop Dogg and others about the roots of hip hop, and “Shut Up and Play the Hits,” about LCD Soundsystem’s last concert in New York, have focused on music.

Jan 26, 2012

Julie Delpy, Chris Rock talk “2 Days in New York”

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – Back in 2007, actress Julie Delpy brought to theaters a comical love story, “2 Days in Paris,” that she also wrote and directed, starring Adam Goldberg as her on screen boyfriend in a romance set in the City of Light.

The movie earned positive reviews, and roughly five years later, she has returned with “2 Days in New York,” only this time her character Marion has replaced Goldberg with a new beau, played by comedian Chris Rock. The two are living together in the Big Apple when her family, including a father who hardly showers and an oversexed sister, come to visit.

Jan 25, 2012

Tales of greed, excess meet mild response at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – Stories of Americans learning the effects of greed and excess or struggling in a weak economy have tried to captivate audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival but without one standout, sweeping success.

As the event crossed its midway point by Wednesday, several movies had sold to distributors yet some that came with media buzz and star appeal into the top U.S. festival for independent film have failed to win acclaim or shown commercial appeal.

Jan 23, 2012

Rebecca Hall rolls dice with movie “Lay The Favorite”

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – British actress Rebecca Hall spent a year convincing director Stephen Frears she should star in his new film, playing the comedic role of a free-spirited, seemingly ditzy Florida stripper aspiring to make it as a cocktail waitress in Vegas.

But she had two big problems: one, she never performed in a role like it before, and two, Frears was looking for an actress who was exactly the opposite of Hall. Her gamble appears to have paid off, however. Reviews of “Lay the Favorite” following its Sundance Film Festival premiere on Sunday have been mixed, but Hall has earned much praise.

Jan 23, 2012

Another side of Ai Weiwei shown in Sundance film

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – A new documentary film offers a glimpse into the life of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, conveying a creative, brave, yet humble man who has become more cautious following his 81-day government detention in 2011.

“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” which premiered at the Sundance film festival on Sunday, features interviews China’s leading artists and activists and people who surround Ai in is life.

Jan 19, 2012

Sundance opens with eye on broken American dreams

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – The Sundance Film Festival was set to open on Thursday night with four features, including a documentary examining America’s housing crisis, the fractured American dream and values humbled by today’s lackluster economy.

The documentary, “The Queen of Versailles,” follows self-made billionaires Jackie and David Siegel who at first glance may not seem in touch with many Americans who have struggled in the current, downbeat economy. The film opens with the couple constructing their dream house: A 90,000 square foot mansion named “Versailles” inspired by the French palace.

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