This will be my very first Sundance, so I’m pretty excited about the line-up.
Some brief highlights:
-Isaac Julien’s “Derek Jarman” doc is finally seeing the light of day after 15 years of him working on it.
-One of my favourite novels, Chuck Palahniuk’s “Choke,” gets the adaptation treatment with a great cast (Sam Rockwell! Anjelica Huston! Kelly McDonald!) and a promising new director:
-One of other favourite novels, Michael Chabon’s “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” gets the adaptation treatment after a plagued production (“Shittsburgh,” said Sienna) and an apparent complete de-queering of the rather queer plot.
-Dream casting! Emily Blunt and Amy Adams as sisters in one of many female-directed narrative features this year:
“Sunshine Cleaning,” Director Christine Jeffs; Screenwriter: Megan Holley
Struck by financial hardship, an ambitious mother and her unmotivated sister become entrepreneurs in the field of biohazard removal and crime scene clean-up. Cast: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Steve Zahn, Alan Arkin. World Premiere
-The best movie concept in years becomes an actual movie as Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind gets its premiere:
“Be Kind Rewind” / USA, Director and Screenwriter: Michel Gondry
When a man whose body accidentally becomes magnetized unintentionally erases every tape in his friend’s video store, the pair set out to remake the lost films, including “Back To The Future” and “The Lion King”. Cast: Jack Black, Mos Def, Mia Farrow, Danny Glover. World Premiere
–Nothing is Private, Alan Ball’s directorial debut that played at TIFF, is now called Towelhead (its original title).
-And finally, only in a Canadian-German co-production:
“Otto; Or, Up With Dead People” / Germany/Canada, Director and Screenwriter: Bruce LaBruce
A lonely gay zombie searches for love and meaning in contemporary Berlin. Cast: Jey Crisfar, Katharina Klewinghaus, Susanne Sachsse, Marcel Schlutt. World Premiere