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PARK CITY '08, 3:57 p.m. | "Good Dick" Talk, Stranded Buzz

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire January 18, 2008 at 11:58AM

3:57 p.m. local time... Marianna Palka's "Good Dick" has had Sundance attendees buzzing this afternoon in Park City. The film, being sold here by WMI, seems to have divided some folks who caught its first showing (less than have the audience stayed for the Q & A, but those who did seemed quite enthusiastic). After the Racquet Club screening, one studio specialty division acquisitions exec called the film "very moving," while other buyers and critics (all male) dismissed the entry and complained about its ending. Then one film festival programmer -- a woman -- said she liked the film and wondered if its more of a girl's movie. Later, another male journalist weighed in telling indieWIRE he was a fan, touting the triple threat writer/director/actor, Palka. So its too soon to declare a gender divide. The film screens two more times on Saturday here at the festival. Meanwhile, all positive word of mouth, so far, on Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded," about the survivors of a 1972 plane crash in the Andes. The crowd-pleaser debuted at IDFA in November where indieWIRE covered the doc. [Eugene Hernandez]
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3:57 p.m. local time... Marianna Palka's "Good Dick" has had Sundance attendees buzzing this afternoon in Park City. The film, being sold here by WMI, seems to have divided some folks who caught its first showing (less than have the audience stayed for the Q & A, but those who did seemed quite enthusiastic). After the Racquet Club screening, one studio specialty division acquisitions exec called the film "very moving," while other buyers and critics (all male) dismissed the entry and complained about its ending. Then one film festival programmer -- a woman -- said she liked the film and wondered if its more of a girl's movie. Later, another male journalist weighed in telling indieWIRE he was a fan, touting the triple threat writer/director/actor, Palka. So its too soon to declare a gender divide. The film screens two more times on Saturday here at the festival. Meanwhile, all positive word of mouth, so far, on Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded," about the survivors of a 1972 plane crash in the Andes. The crowd-pleaser debuted at IDFA in November where indieWIRE covered the doc. [Eugene Hernandez]