Sundance 2014: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Sundance 2014: World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Here are 12 films from emerging filmmakers around the world.

Australia (Director: Sophie Hyde, Screenplay and story by: Matthew Cormack, Story
by: Sophie Hyde) — Sixteen-year-old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is
accelerated when her mother reveals plans for gender transition, and their time
together becomes limited to Tuesdays. This emotionally charged story of desire,
responsibility, and transformation was filmed over the course of a year—once a
week, every week, only on Tuesdays. Cast: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del
Herbert-Jane, Imogen Archer, Mario Späte, Beau Williams, Sam Althuizen.
International Premiere

/ Norway,
Netherlands (Director and screenwriter: Eskil Vogt) — Having recently lost her
sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home—a place she can feel in
control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. But Ingrid’s real problems
lie within, not beyond the walls of her apartment, and her deepest fears and
repressed fantasies soon take over. Cast: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik
Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali, Marius Kolbenstvedt. World Premiere

Difret / Ethiopia (Director and
screenwriter: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari) — Meaza Ashenafi is a young lawyer who
operates under the government’s radar helping women and children until one
young girl’s legal case exposes everything, threatening not only her career but
her survival. Cast: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere. World Premiere

/ Serbia (Director and screenwriter:
Mina Djukic) — Leni anxiously waits for her childhood friend Lazar, who is
coming back to their hometown after years of studying abroad. After they
reunite, they embark on a random bicycle trip around their childhood haunts,
which will either exhaust or reinvent their relationship. Cast: Hana
Selimovic, Mladen Sovilj, Minja Subota, Danijel Sike, Ivan Djordjevic. World

Help the Girl
United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Stuart Murdoch) — This musical from
Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian is about some messed up boys and girls
and the music they made. Cast: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah
Murray, Cora Bissett, Pierre Boulanger. World Premiere

Liar’s Dice / India (Director and screenwriter:
Geetu Mohandas) — Kamala, a young woman from the village of Chitkul, leaves her
native land with her daughter to search for her missing husband. Along the
journey, they encounter Nawazudin, a free-spirited army deserter with his own
selfish motives who helps them reach their destination. Cast: Nawazuddin
Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa, Manya Gupta. International Premiere

Lilting / United Kingdom (Director and
screenwriter: Hong Khaou) — The world of a Chinese mother mourning the untimely
death of her son is suddenly disrupted by the presence of a stranger who
doesn’t speak her language. Lilting
is a touching and intimate film about finding the things
that bring us together. Cast: Ben Whishaw, Pei-Pei Cheng, Andrew Leung,
Peter Bowles, Naomi Christie, Morven Christie. World Premiere.

Charmer (El cerrajero)
/ Argentina
(Director and screenwriter: Natalia Smirnoff) — Upon learning that his
girlfriend is pregnant, 33-year-old locksmith Sebastian begins to have strange
visions about his clients. With the help of an unlikely assistant, he sets out
to use his newfound talent for his own good. Cast: Esteban Lamothe, Erica
Rivas, Yosiria Huaripata. World Premiere

Kill a Man
Chile, France (Director and screenwriter: Alejandro Fernandez Almendras) — When
Jorge, a hardworking family man who’s barely making ends meet, gets mugged by
Kalule, a neighborhood delinquent, Jorge’s son decides to confront the
attacker, only to get himself shot. Even though Jorge’s son nearly dies,
Kalule’s sentence is minimal, heightening the friction. Cast: Daniel Candia,
Daniel Antivilo, Alejandra Yañez, Ariel Mateluna. World Premiere

Viktoria / Bulgaria, Romania (Director and
screenwriter: Maya Vitkova) — Although determined not to have a child in
Communist Bulgaria, Boryana gives birth to Viktoria, who despite being born
with no umbilical cord, is proclaimed to be the baby of the decade. But
political collapse and the hardships of the new time bind mother and daughter
together. Cast: Irmena Chichikova, Daria Vitkova, Kalina Vitkova, Mariana
Krumova, Dimo Dimov, Georgi Spassov. World Premiere

Wetlands / Germany (Director: David Wnendt,
Screenwriters: Claus Falkenberg, David Wnendt, based on the novel by Charlotte
Roche) — Meet Helen Memel. She likes to experiment with vegetables while
masturbating and thinks that bodily hygiene is greatly overrated. She shocks
those around her by speaking her mind in a most unladylike manner on topics
that many people would not even dare consider. Cast: Carla Juri, Christoph
Letkowski, Meret Becker, Axel Milberg, Marlen Kruse, Edgar Selge. North
American Premiere

White Shadow / Italy, Germany, Tanzania
(Director: Noaz Deshe, Screenwriters: Noaz Deshe, James Masson) — Alias is a
young albino boy on the run. His mother has sent him away to find refuge in the
city after witnessing his father’s murder. Over time, the city becomes no
different than the bush: wherever Alias travels, the same rules of survival
apply. Cast: Hamisi Bazili, James Gayo, Glory Mbayuwayu, Salum Abdallah.
International Premiere

2014 Competition Lineup:

U.S Dramatic Competition

U.S. Documentary Competition

World Dramatic Competition

World Documentary Competition


2014 Out of Competition:


Documentary Premieres

New Frontier Films

Park City at Midnight


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