What’s Up Down Under?: HOLIDAY — Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

holiday posterTo say that not everyone will be taken with Swedish filmmaker Isabella Eklöf’s feature is an understatement: the film is a deliberate provocation, executed with almost surgical precision. Premiering at Sundance in January, 2018, and since playing festivals around Europe, South America, Asia and Australia, the film’s status as an international co-production is mirrored in the deliberate border-crossings so central to its story about a young Scandinavian woman on vacation in Turkey. She is there as a guest of her lover, a brutal drug dealer and crime boss, and finds herself befriending another man who is holidaying in the same area with disastrous consequences. Continue reading…

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Salma Hayek, Jessica Williams and Jill Soloway Spar at Sundance — Thelma Adams reports

The roots of the women’s brunch brouhaha that emerged between Hayek and Williams and extended out to include those present including Shirley MacLaine and Alfre Woodard were generational, racial and sexual, reflecting the larger critical split in the women’s movement beyond the petri dish of the Sundance Film Festival. Read more>>

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My Sundance 2016 Trifecta — Chaz Ebert Comments

hooligan-sparrowWhen I won a trifecta at the Kentucky Derby, I was hailed as a heroine by my fellow revelers, who were natted out in their finest headgear. They marveled at the ability of anyone to guess three winning horses in a row, and in the correct order. Indeed it was not easy, but I had to admit that dumb luck played a big part. My Sundance experience this year felt like winning the trifecta. Read more>>

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SPOTLIGHT February 2016: Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Filmmaker The Lure

awfjspotlightsmallsmallOne of the happy surprises of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival was a debut feature in the International Dramatic Competition, The Lure a musical-fantasy-horror-romance hybrid set largely in a shabby discotheque in 1980s Warsaw. Read on…

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SPOTLIGHT January 2016: Jennifer Phang, Filmmaker, Advantageous

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It has been a whirlwind year for filmmaker Jennifer Phang, since Advantageous made its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. where she and Jacqueline Kim, Phang’s co-screenwriter as well as star, were awarded a special jury prize for collaborative vision. The film has found a home with Netflix and has been nominated for the John Cassavetes Award, the Independent Spirit Award prize for the best film with a budget of under $500,000. Read on…

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Sundance’s Caroline Libresco on Striving for Gender Equality – Interview by Cathryn Atkinson (Exclusive)

carolinelibresco200Sundance Institute’s annual survey about movies made by women is due for release in April. The ongoing studym an aspect of Sundance’s ongoing concerns about gender equality, is creating what is arguably the most complete set of data available on how females filmmakers fare in the indie realm, in contrast to the shocking stats about women moviemakers in Hollywood. Sundance Flim Festival Documentaries programmer Caroline Libresco previews the survey, and talks about measures Sundance is taking to level the playing field for women. Read on…

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