PARK CITY 2000: Chadha's "What's Cooking" Opening Sundance; Premieres, Midnight, World Cinema and Other Lineups Announced
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
(indieWIRE/12.2.99) -- Following a few last minute tweaks, organizers of
the 2000 Sundance Film Festival released the balance of their feature film
lineup to the public this morning (they are available now on the
indieWIRE.com website) -- a total of 17 Premieres, 27 World Cinema films, 6
Midnight movies, 5 films in the Frontier section, 10 as part of the Native
Forum, 3 Special Screenings, and 2 from the Sundance Collection. With the
few late changes, the final tally for Sundance 2000 now stands at 118
feature films. The lineup of short films will be unveiled next week.
Sundance 2000 will kick off on January 20th in Salt Lake City, Utah with
the opening night presentation of Gurinder Chadha's "What's Cooking." The
film, produced by Jeffrey Taylor, stars Maury Chakin, Joan Chen, Dennis
Haysbert, Lainie Kazan, Mercedes Ruehl, Kyra Sedgwick, Douglas Spain, and
Alfre Woodard. Chadha wrote and directed "A Nice Arrangement" (1994) and
"Bahji on the Beach" (1993). Chadha's short film, "I'm British But..."
screened at Sundance in 1992.
The Festival's Premiere's section, hand-picked by Festival programmers, is
loaded with IndieWood releases. Two movies from Miramax are Gerard
Stembridge's "About Adam" and Michael Almereyda's "Hamlet" with Ethan
Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Sam Shepard, Bill Murray, Casey Affleck, Liev
Schreiber, Jefferey Wright, and Steve Zahn. While Lion's Gate is presenting
"American Psycho" by Mary Harron ("I Shot Andy Warhol"), starring Christian
Bale and Toronto acquisition "The Big Kahuna" by first-time feature
director John Swanbeck, starring Kevin Spacey. New Line is bringing two
films, Ben Younger's first feature "Boiler Room" with Giovanni Ribisi, Ben
Affleck, Jamie Kennedy, Nia Long, and Tom Everett Scott and Gina
Prince-Bythewood's "Love and Basketball," which is produced by Spike Lee
and stars Alfre Woodard, Dennis Haysbert, Omar Epps, and Debbi Morgan. The
company's specialty division, Fine Line, is screening "The Filth and the
Fury," a Sex Pistol's doc by Julien Temple ("Absolute Beginners," "The
Great Rock and Roll Swindle"). USA Films will offer Premieres of Stanley
Tucci's "Joe Gould's Secret" and "Waking the Dead" by Keith Gordon ("A
Midnight Clear"). Paramount Classics is offering Sofia Coppola's "The
Virgin Suicides," which debuted at Cannes this year, while Screen Gems will
present Greg Berlanti's "The Broken Heart's Club" and MGM/UA is screening
Rodrigo Garcia's first feature "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At
Her," with Kathy Baker;, Glenn Close, Cameron Diaz, Calista Flockhart,
Gregory Hines, and Holly Hunter. Unacquired premieres include "Happy
Accidents" by Brad Anderson ("Next Stop Wonderland"), with Marisa Tomei and
Vincent D'Onforio, and an actor-helmed project, Emilio Estevez's Showtime
cable movie, "Rated X," starring Estevez and his brother Charlie Sheen.
At midnight, where Haxan Film's "Blair Witch Project" stole the show last
year thanks to a quick pick-up by Artisan, a handful of new movies will
screen. From the Toronto Festival are Jamie Babbit's "But I'm a
Cheerleader" which was nabbed by Fine Line and Justin Kerrigan's Miramax
acquisition, "Human Traffic." Also notable at midnight is a selection of
short films from Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation.
Films from more than a dozen countries make up the 27 film World Cinema
section at Sundance 2000, selected from the 454 international submissions.
Among them are Khyentse Norbu's "The Cup," from Bhutan," Allan Moyle's "New
Waterford Girl" from Canada, Arturo Ripstein's "No One Writes to the
Colonel" from Mexico, Zhang Yimou's Chinese film, "Not One Less," Shane
Meadows' "Room for Romeo Brass" and Michael Winterbottom's "Wonderland."
Among the film's in the Festival's Frontiers section are James Benning's
"El Valley Central" and Clair Denis' "Beau Travail." While in the
Festival's will offer special screenings of Marc Levin's "Twilight: Los
Angeles" and work by Faith Hubley. From the Sundance Collection, the
Festival will offer showings of the Coen Brother's "Blood Simple," and
Charles Burnett's "Killer of Sheep."
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