Another Dimension of Sundance Film Festival

 Tye Sheridan and Alden Ehrenreich appear in   The Yellow Birds   by Alexandre Moors, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Tye Sheridan and Alden Ehrenreich appear in The Yellow Birds by Alexandre Moors, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Some people are waiting for the Oscar announcements, following the predictions and bets religiously, others indulge in the off-the mainstream road treats. Sundance Film Festival has been the main event in the dedicated cinephiles’ calendar and it just announced the lineups for 2017. 

 Julio César Cu Cámara appears in   The Diver    by Esteban Arrangoiz, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Julio César Cu Cámara appears in The Diver by Esteban Arrangoiz, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Yes, it’s here, the 66 films selected for the U.S Competition, World Competition and NEXT. They will be screened during a ten days extravaganza of provocative, agenda-setting independent films in Salt Lake City, starting January 19th.  Climate change and environmental concerns have been long important topics to Sundance filmmakers and to the event’s founder Robert Redford, but this year Sundance launched “New Climate”, a whole platform for this critical topic. 

 Jacob Tomuri appears in   Do No Harm    by Roseanne Liang, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Jacob Tomuri appears in Do No Harm by Roseanne Liang, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Sundance’s competition, where last year’s winner “The Birth of a Nation” and films like “Whiplash” were first seen, can be boundary pushing. But this year, it seems that “provocative’ is the keyword, carried out by a choir of new voices, and an array of never-before-seen perspectives. Lineup’s movies  “Step”, “Yellow Birds”  and “Whose Streets” already caught the media attention. In addition, the most intense segment of the selection process coincided this year with the very moment Americans were focused on the election, and contrary to what was going on in the outside world, this year’s movie selection offers a rather personal, intimate dimension, unveiling the really human side in the whole story of who we are. 

 A still from   Nighthawk   by Špela Cadež, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

A still from Nighthawk by Špela Cadež, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

在等待奥斯卡最终结果的茫茫大众中,有些人选择相信所谓的预测,其他人则被各种小道消息淹没。圣丹斯电影节作为每个真正的影迷日程表上的大事,就在最近宣布了2017年的参展阵容。

 A still from   Mare Nostrum   by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

A still from Mare Nostrum by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

没错,这一盛事即将来临,已经有66部电影被选出参加美国本土的竞赛单元,面向全球的竞赛单元以及之后的一系列活动。从一月十九日起,盐湖城将开启一场为期十天的独立电影的狂欢节,而我们之前提到的电影就会在这一期间放映。对于圣丹斯电影节上的制作人以及这个活动的创始人Robert Redford而言,气候变化和环境问题一直都是一个重要的主题,而今年圣丹斯启动了“新气象”项目,这是一个完全面向这些严峻问题的平台。

 Caroline Ward appears in   Dawn of the Deaf   by Rob Savage, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Caroline Ward appears in Dawn of the Deaf by Rob Savage, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

圣丹斯电影节的竞赛单元作为去年赢家“The Birth of a Nation”以及其他诸如“Whiplash”的电影与观众们初次见面的地方,可谓是开拓创新之地。但是今年,“冲突”似乎成为了关键字,这一概念也由一系列新声音和前所未见的展望所呈现。在参展名单中“Step”,“Yellow Birds”以及“Whose Streets”早已抓住了媒体的眼球。此外,今天最紧张的票选环节在时间上与美国人民所关注的大选相重合,但是与世俗世界中的选择相反,今年的电影票选向人们打开了一个更加个人、私密的窗口,生活中每个人人性化的那一面展露无遗。

 Paul appears in   The Workers Cup   by Adam Sobel, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Paul appears in The Workers Cup by Adam Sobel, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

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