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Sundance Day 6: Minute by Minute

By Indiewire | Indiewire January 25, 2011 at 9:37AM

Day 6 at Sundance started off with the Oscar nominations, and with over a dozen Sundance '10 films up for awards this year, spirits are starting off high. Stay tuned to indieWIRE to see how day six continues...
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Day 6 at Sundance started off with the Oscar nominations, and with over a dozen Sundance '10 films up for awards this year, spirits are starting off high. Stay tuned to indieWIRE to see how day six continues...

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8:10PM: "Vampire" Iwai Shunji Defends His Film Japanese director Iwai Shunji introduced his subdued horror film "Vampire" by saying that some people may be confused at why the film's vampire walks around in the light, saying "It's a different film." It is, indeed, a different film. In it, Kevin Zegers stars as a vampire biology teacher who finds his blood by finding people who are about to kill themselves. There are no fangs, no wooden stakes, no sparkling skin. A sizable portion of the audience left throughout the screening, especially during the more gruesome bloodletting scenes.

In the film's Q&A, Shunji was pressed to explain why the film had so many endings. Defending the film, he said that he always has trouble figuring out the perfect way to end his films. Two actors from the film - Amanda Plummer and Trevor Morgan - praised Shunji for providing an encouraging environment for their improvisational acting. Plummer, who stars as the vampire's Alzheimer's-inflicted mother, said that there should be a new word to describe the trust she experienced working with Shunji, because "he reinvented the concept." [Bryce J. Renninger]


7:20PM: 4 Named in 1st Sundance Institute|Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award: Sundance Institute and Mahindra named the winners of the first Sundance Institute|Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award, a new annual grant that recognizes and supports emerging independent filmmakers globally. The winners include Bogdan Mustata, “Wolf” from Romania; Ernesto Contreras, “I Dream in Another Language” from Mexico; Seng Tat Liew, “In What City Does it Live” from Malaysia; and Talya Lavie, “Zero Motivation” from Israel. The awards were presented at a private ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival, currently underway in Park City, Utah. More details here.

4:20PM: indieWIRE Chats Oscars in Park City: indieWIRE's Peter Knegt hit up the airwaves this morning on The Daily Buzz from Sundance with Eugene Hernandez. To hear the recording where Knegt and guests discuss Sundance hot topics and Oscar snubs, click here.

4:00PM: Sony Classics On "Guard" at Sundance: In their third pickup from this year's Sundance roster, Sony Pictures Classics acquired John Michael McDonagh's comedy/thriller, "The Guard," which is screening in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. For more details, click here.

2:00PM: Sundance 'It Girl' Juno Temple Interviewed (VIDEO): British actress Juno Temple, who has two films in this year's festival ("Kaboom" and "Little Birds") sat down to chat with indieWIRE's Nigel M. Smith in Park City. To read full story click here. Below is video:


1:10PM: indieWIRE Discusses Sundance Oscar Noms: Peter Knegt and Eric Kohn sat down this morning to discuss the Oscar noms and shed light on how well Sundance films did in this year's race. To read full story click here.


1:00PM: Kohn Praises "Take Shelter" The film, which reunites Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon, "manages to succeed as an otherworldly blend of “Field of Dreams” and Noah’s Ark." See the complete review here.


9:50AM: Kohn Takes on "My Idiot Brother" Underwhelmed by the film, Eric Kohn commends Paul Rudd's performance in the titular role. See the full review here.


8:45AM: Oscar Nominations Show Sundance Films Some Love With the announcement of the Oscar nominations this morning, we here at Sundance are busy celebrating the Sundance '10 films that made an appearance on this year's nomination list. A complete list of Sundance alums is here.


8:30AM: Check out the indieWIRE interviews from the competition titles that are screening at today's Sundance.

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "The Salesman" Director Sebastien Pilote (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Abraxas" Director Naoki Kato (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “The Bengali Detective” Director Philip Cox (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Gun Hill Road" Director Rashaad Ernesto Green (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Crime After Crime" Director Yoav Potash (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Like Crazy" Director Drake Doremus (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Sing Your Song" Director Susanne Rostock (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Another Earth" Director Mike Cahill (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Homework" Director Gavin Wiesen (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "All Your Dead Ones" Director Carlos Moreno (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "The Flaw" Director David Sington (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "A Few Days of Respite" Director Amor Hakkar (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Vampire” Director Iwai Shunji (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “Take Shelter” Director Jeff Nichols (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Resurrect Dead" Director Jon Foy (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Hell and Back Again" Director Danfung Dennis (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Hot Coffee" Director Susan Saladoff (U.S. Documentary Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Another Happy Day" Director Sam Levinson (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | “An African Election” Director Jarreth Merz (World Cinema Documentary Competiton)

Meet the 2011 Sundance Filmmakers | "Prairie Love" Director Dusty Bias (NEXT)

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