Mermaids & Kidnappings: 13 Films In Competition To Discover At Sundance 2016

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Wolves, friendships and police investigations: Discover 13 international movies directed and written by women competing at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 23-30, 2015.

Summary: U.S Dramatic Competition | World Dramatic Competition

 

U.S DRAMATIC COMPETITION

Equity by Meera Menon

EQUITY, the first female-driven Wall Street film, follows a senior investment banker who is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption.

Director: Meera Menon
Writer: Amy Fox
Stars: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner
U.S.A. – 100 Min – January 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Lovesong by So Yong Kim

Neglected by her husband, Sarah embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend Mindy. Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy’s wedding.

Director: So-Yong Kim
Writers: Bradley Rust Gray, So-Yong Kim
Stars: Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker, Rosanna Arquette
U.S.A. – 84 Min – January 25, 26, 27, 28, 30

The Intervention by Clea DuVall

A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.

Written & Directed by Clea DuVall
Cinematography by Polly Morgan
Stars: Cobie Smulders, Alia Shawkat, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Natasha Lyonne
U.S.A. – 90 Min – January 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Tallulah by Sian Heder

Desperate to be rid of her toddler, a dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife hires a stranger to babysit and ends up getting much more than she bargained for.

Written & Directed by Sian Heder
Stars: Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto, Allison Janney, Uzo Aduba
U.S.A. – 111 Min – January 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30

White Girl by Elizabeth Wood

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Summer, New York City. A college girl falls hard for a guy she just met. After a night of partying goes wrong, she goes to wild extremes to get him back.

Written & Directed by Elizabeth Wood
Stars: Morgan Saylor, Brian ‘Sene’ Marc, Justin Bartha
U.S.A. – 88 Min – January 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30

As You Are
Co-written by Madison Harrison

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Set in the early 1990’s, “As You Are” is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation.

Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Writers: Madison Harrison, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Stars: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg
U.S.A. – 100 Min – January 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION

A Good Wife by Mirjana Karanovic

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When 50-year-old Milena finds out about the terrible past of her seemingly ideal husband, while simultaneously learning of her own cancer diagnosis, she begins an awakening from the suburban paradise she has been living in.

Directed by Mirjana Karanovic
Written by Stevan Filipovic, Mirjana Karanovic, Darko Lungulov
Stars: Hristina Popovic, Bojan Navojec, Mirjana Karanovic
Serbia/Bosnia/Croatia – 90 Min – January 25, 26, 27, 29, 30

Mammal by Rebecca Daly

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After Margaret, a divorcée living in Dublin, loses her teenage son, she develops an unorthodox relationship with Joe, a homeless youth. Their tentative trust is threatened by his involvement with a violent gang and the escalation of her ex-husband’s grieving rage.

Director: Rebecca Daly
Writers: Rebecca Daly, Glenn Montgomery
Stars: Rachel Griffiths, Michael McElhatton, Barry Keoghan
Ireland/Luxembourg/Netherlands – 96 Min – January 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

Mi Amiga del Parque by Ana Katz

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Running away from a bar without paying the bill is just the first adventure for Liz (mother to newborn Nicanor) and Rosa (supposed mother to newborn Clarisa). This budding friendship between nursing mothers starts with the promise of liberation but soon ends up being a dangerous business.

Director: Ana Katz
Writers: Inés Bortagaray, Ana Katz
Stars: Julieta Zylberberg, Andrés Milicich, Mirella Pascual
Argentina/Uruguay – 111 Min – January 23, 24, 26, 27, 29

Pleasure. Love. by Yao Huang

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Two separate but connected stories begin this exploration into the endless cycle of love, as a young man and young woman experience passion for the first time with older lovers.

Director: Yao Huang
Stars: Xiaodong Guo, Yi Sun, Daizhen Ying
China – 101 Min – January 22, 23, 24, 27, 29

Sand Storm by Elite Zexer

When their entire lives are shattered, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.

Directed and Written by Elite Zexer
Stars: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Hitham Omari, Khadija Alakel, Jalal Masrwa
Israel – 87 Min – January 25, 26, 27, 29, 30

The Lure by Agnieszka Smoczynska

Two mermaid sisters, who end up performing at a nightclub, face cruel and bloody choices when one of them falls in love with a beautiful young man.

Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska
Writer: Robert Bolesto
Stars: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Jakub Gierszal, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka, Zygmunt Malanowicz
Poland – 92 Min – International Premiere – January 22, 24, 26, 28, 30

Wild by Nicolette Krebitz

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An anarchist young woman breaks the tacit contract with civilization and fearlessly decides on a life without hypocrisy or an obligatory safety net.

Written & Directed by Nicolette Krebitz
Stars: Lilith Stangenberg, Georg Friedrich, Silke Bodenbender
Germany – 97 Min – January 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30

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