Sundance Adds Three Last-Minute Titles

Sundance Adds Three Last-Minute Titles

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In a surprise last minute move, Sundance programmers have announced the addition of three world premieres to the January indie fest. Gurinder Chadha’s It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, starring Sally Hawkins, Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids are Alright, starring Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as gay parents, and Galt Niederhoffer’s wedding film The Romantics, starring Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, and Josh Duhamel, will screen out of competition at the Utah fest, which opens January 21 and runs through January 31.

Here’s Sundance Director John Cooper’s statement:

“When the opportunity to screen the latest films from three extremely innovative storytellers presented itself, we knew we could not deny our audiences. As an added bonus, all three are alumni of the Festival, so we are thrilled to be able to support them returning to Sundance with their newest work.”

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I’m interested that these are all directed by women, like to think that Sundance is responding to all the recent discussion about women directors. OK so these are all three alumni of the festival, & Sundance is known for its stance on diversity, but——


It’s not a surprise. When they announced the premieres a couple weeks ago, they said that there would likely be three additional titles forthcoming. (Source: Daily Variety, Todd McCarthy, online 12/3/09)

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