2003 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Lineup
SUNDANCE 2003 LINEUPS:
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(indieWIRE: 12.03.02) — The World Cinema Lineup for the 2003 Sundance Film Festival:
“Whale Rider,” directed by Niki Caro
In a small New Zealand coastal village, a 12-year-old Maori girl fights to be allowed to fulfill her destiny as The Whale Rider, a chiefly title reserved once in every generation for a male heir.
CAST: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis
“The Baroness and the Pig,” directed by Michael Mackenzie
A wealthy American Quaker woman rebels and marries a French baron for love. A plan to start a Parisian salon with a distinctively democratic air brings conflict with her new surroundings and an unusual ally in a country girl raised by pigs.
CAST: Patricia Clarkson, Colm Feore, Caroline Dhavemas, Bernard Hempton
“Long Life, Prosperity and Happiness,” directed by Mina Shum
Twelve-year-old Mindy Ho inexpertly tries Taoist magic to fix her single mother’s financial situation and seemingly hopeless romantic prospects.
CAST: Sandra Oh, Valerie Tian, Tsai Chin, Ric Young, Christina Ma
“Life Show,” directed by Huo Jianqi
The story of a beautiful, single woman who runs a restaurant in inland China, delving into her battle to understand the rapid changes affecting society around her.
CAST: Tao Hong, Tao Zeru, Pan Yueming,Yang Yi
“Mondays in the Sun,” directed by Fernando Leon De Aranoa
Dockworkers lose their jobs and succumb to the life of perpetual Sunday.
CAST: Javier Bardem, Luis Tosar, Jose Angel Egido, Nieve de Medina, Enrique Villen
“Open Hearts,” directed by Susanne Bier
A Dogme film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident.
CAST: Sonja Richter, Mads Mikkelsen, Paprika Steen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
“The Sea,” directed by Baltasar Kormakur
Feeling his time running out, an aging fishing magnate gathers his children in their small Icelandic hometown to settle their mother’s inheritance and the future of the fishery that made him powerful. However, the family gathering will not go as planned.
CAST: Gunner Eyjolfsson, Hilmir Snaer Gudnason, Helene de Fougerolles, Elva Osk Olafsdottir
“Bend it Like Beckham,” directed by Gurinda Chadha
A story of a traditional family in Britain trying to balance their own traditional desires with their spunky daughter’s soccer playing aspirations.
CAST: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi, Shaznay Lewis, Frank Harper, and Juliet Stevenson
“AKA,” directed by Duncan Roy
A working class young man assumes a bourgeoisie identity in his quest for love in the extravagant world of late 1970’s Britain, but struggles with how far he is willing to go with the charade.
CAST: Matthew Leitch, George Asprey, Lindsey Coulson, Diana Quick, Blake Ritson, Peter Youngblood Hills
“Historias Minimas,” directed by Carlos Sorin
Three people and a baby set off on separate journeys, along the same road; their disparate dreams and stories intertwine amidst the breathtaking deserted Patagonic route.
CAST: Carlos Montero, Anibal Maldonado, Maria Rosa Cianferoni, Mariela Diaz, Maria del Carmen Jiminez
“The Missing Gun,” directed by Lu Chuan
Small-town policeman Ma Shan wakes up one morning to discover that his gun is missing. During his search, things take a sinister turn when his first love turns up dead and the bullet appeasr to be from his gun.
CAST: Jiang Wen, Ning Jing, Wu Yujuan
“Bollywood Queen,” directed by Jeremy Wooding
A cross cultural romance set in London’s East End about a young girl of Indian heritage.
CAST: Preeya Kalidas, James McEvoy, Ian McShane
“Music for Weddings and Funerals,” directed by Unni Straume
Sara, recently divorced and mourning the loss of her only child, rents her basement to Bogdan, a Serbian musician who brings the whole band along. As she learns more about her ex’s infidelity, she wonders if Bogdan’s lifestyle may be preferable to the manipulative starkness of her ex that ultimately lead to his murder.
CAST: Lena Endre, Bjorn Floberg, Rebecka Hemse, Petronella Barker, Goran Bregovic
“Deadend.com,” directed by S. Wyeth Clarkson
“Deadend.com,” in a marriage between reality and fiction, improvisation and interactive filmmaking, is the story of three teens who make a pact to drive from Quebec City to the west coast and upon arrival, commit suicide.
CAST: Harold Amero, Nicole Raven, Adrian Rogers
“Benjamim,” directed by Monique Gardenberg
The tumultous life of a male model/actor in Brazil through years of career and political turmoil.
“28 Days Later,” directed by Danny Boyle
After a powerful virus, locking those infected into a state of murderous rage, is unleashed on the British public, a group of survivors struggle to salvage a future together.
CAST: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Megan Burns, Brendan Gleeson, Christopher Eccleston
“I Love You,” directed by Zhang Yuan
A young woman who has lost her first love begins a relationship with his best friend, and the two of them attempt to create a baggage-free future.
CAST: Tong Da Wei, Xu Jing Lei
“Red Bear,” directed by Adrian Caetano
Bear has never gotten over the separation from his wife and daughter after having been convicted for armed robbery and homicide and sent to prison. Now he is out, to finally get his cut of the money and reunite with his family, or at least avenge the damage done.
CAST: Julio Chavez, Soledad Villamil, Luis Machin, Agostina Lage, Enrique Liporace
“Fear X,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident, Harry (John Turturro), prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder.
CAST: John Turturro, James Remar, Deborah Unger
“Thirteen Steps,” directed by Masahiko Nagasawa
A released inmate is hired to solve a murder case.
“Angela,” directed by Roberta Torre
True story of an attractive Sicilian mob-wife who participates in her husband’s drug-dealing business and falls for her husband’s lackey.
CAST: Donatella Finocchiaro, Andrea Di Stefano, Mario Pupello
“Death of Klinghoffer,” directed by Penny Woolcock
An adaptation from the John Adams opera on the true life incident that took place in the mid 80s.
CAST: Christopher Maltman, Dean Robinson, Vivian Tierney, Tom Randle, Kamel Boutros, Sanford Sylvan, Leigh Melrose
“Song for a Raggy Boy,” directed by Aisling Walsh
Based on a true story, “Song for a Raggy Boy” is the story of one man’s courage to stand up and fight against the tough fascist regime in a boys Irish Reformatory School in 1939.
CAST: Aidan Quinn, Alan Devlin, Iain Glen, John Travers
“The Kite,” directed by Alexei Muradov
As an executioner for the state, a father kills in order to buy his son more time to live. The boy, who dreams of flying a kite with his father, is an invalid desperately in need of an operation the executioner cannot afford.
CAST: Victor Solovyev, Nadezhda Ozerova, Pavel Zolotilin, Mikhail Paznikov, Jani Solokhin
“Madame Sata,” directed by Karim Ainouz
A portrait of Joao Francisco dos Santos, also known as Madame Sata, a sometime chef, transvestite, lover, father, hero and convict from Rio de Janeiro.
CAST: Lazaro Ramos, Marcelia Cartaxo, Renata Sorrah