17 Features, Documentaries & Film Premieres By Female Filmmakers To Discover At Sundance

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Post-Apocalypse, football & Nina Simone: Discover 17 feature films & documentaries directed by women screened at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 22 – February 1, 2015.

Summary: Park City At Midnight | Next | Spotlight | Film Premieres | Doc Premieres | Sundance Kids | New Frontier Films |Sundance Collections

 

PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT

Turbo Kid by Anouk Whissell, François Simard & Yoann-Karl Whissell


TURBO KID is a post-apocalyptic action comedy with lashings of splatter & the iconic MICHAEL F*****G IRONSIDE.

Directors: Anouk Whissell, François Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Screenwriters: Anouk Whissell, François Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Cast: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Aaron Jeffery, Edwin Wright
Canada/New Zealand – 89 Min – World Premieres January 26, 27, 29, 31

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H. by Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia

Two women descend into madness after an alleged meteor strike sets off a series of strange events in their town of Troy, N.Y.


Director: Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia
Screenwriter: Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia
Cast: Robin Bartlett, Rebecca Dayan, Will Janowitz, Julian Gamble, Roger Robinson
U.S.A./Argentina – 93 Min – January 25, 27, 30, 31

SPOTLIGHT

Aloft by Claudia Llosa

Aloft tells of a struggling mother who encounters the son she abandoned 20 years earlier.

Director: Claudia Llosa
Screenwriter: Claudia Llosa
Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent, William Shimell
Spain/France/Canada – 97 Min – January 26, 27, 31

Eden by Mia Hansen-Løve

The life of a French DJ who’s credited with inventing “French house” or the “French touch,” a type of French electronic music that became popular in the 1990s.

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Screenwriters: Mia Hansen-Løve, Sven Hansen-Løve
Cast: Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Greta Gerwig, Brady Corbet, Arsinee Khanjian, Vincent Macaigne
France – 131 Min – January 23, 27, 28

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Girlhood by Céline Sciamma

Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.

France – 112 Min – January 24, 26, 31
Written by Céline Sciamma
Directed by Céline Sciamma
Starring Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré
Produced by Bénédicte Couvreur, Olivier Père & Rémi Burah
Cinematography by Crystel Fournier
Edited by Julien Lacheray
Music by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier
Casting by Christel Baras

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FILM PREMIERES

Sleeping With Other People by Leslye Headland

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A good-natured womanizer and a serial cheater form a platonic relationship that helps reform them in ways, while a mutual attraction sets in.

Director: Leslye Headland
Screenwriter: Leslye Headland
Cast: Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Sudeikis
U.S.A. – 101 Min – January 24, 25, 31

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Ten Thousand Saints by Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini

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Set in the 1980s, a teenager from Vermont moves to New York City to live with his father in East Village.

Director: Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman
Screenwriters: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch
U.S.A. – 107 Min – January 23, 24, 25, 31

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Zipper by Mora Stephens

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A family man who has it all until he risks losing everything due to his inability to fight off his obsessive temptation for other women.

Director: Mora Stephens
Screenwriters: Mora Stephens, Joel Viertel
Cast: Lena Headey, Richard Dreyfuss, Ray Winstone, John Cho, Dianna Agron, Patrick Wilson
U.S.A. – 112 Min – January 27, 28, 31

Mississippi Grind by Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden

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Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what’s been lost.

Director: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Screenwriters: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller, Analeigh Tipton, Alfre Woodard, Robin Weigert
U.S.A. – 108 Min – 24, 25, 26, 27, 31

DOC PREMIERES

In Football We Trust by Tony Vainuku, Erika Cohn

“In Football We Trust” captures a snapshot in time amid the rise of the Pacific Islander presence in the NFL. Presenting a new take on the American immigrant story, this feature length documentary transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Director: Tony Vainuku, Erika Cohn
U.S.A. – 87 Min – January 23, 27, 31

Prophet’s Prey by Amy Berg

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When Warren Jeffs rose to Prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, he took control of a religion with a history of polygamous and underage marriage. In a short time, Warren managed to expand these practices and the power of his position in unprecedented ways.

Director: Amy Berg
U.S.A. – 90 Min – January 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

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The Mask You Live In by Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Explores how our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it.

Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Screenwriters: Jessica Congdon, Jennifer Siebel Newsom
U.S.A. – 88 Min – January 23, 24, 25, 30, 31

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Tig by Kristina Goolsby, Ashley York

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An intimate, mixed media documentary that follows Tig Notaro, a Los Angeles based comedian, who just days after being diagnosed with invasive stage II breast cancer changed the course of her career with a poignant stand-up set that became legendary overnight.

Directors: Kristina Goolsby, Ashley York
Screenwriter: Jennifer Arnold
U.S.A. – 90 Min – January 26, 27, 28, 29, 1

What Happened, Miss Simone? by Liz Garbus


A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the “High Priestess of Soul.”

Director: Liz Garbus
U.S.A. – 102 Min – January 22, 23, 30, 31

For the second time since her Emmy-nominated 2011 film Bobby Fischer Against the World, director Liz Garbus premiered a new documentary at Sundance: What Happened, Miss Simone?. A Netflix Original debuting on the streaming service in a few months, the film produced with the support of Nina Simone’s estate and enriched by exclusive new material provides an honest portrait of the High Priestess of Soul.

SUNDANCE KIDS

Operation Arctic by Grethe Bøe-Waal

Accidentally, three sibling children are left alone in a winter storm on the island of Spitsbergen. No-one on the main land, an ocean apart, knows where they are. It’s a dramatic fight for survival.


Director: Grethe Bøe-Waal
Screenwriter: Grethe Bøe-Waal
Cast: Kaisa Gurine Antonsen, Ida Leonora Valestrand Eike, Leonard Valestrand Eike, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Kristofer Hivju, Line Verndal
Norway – 91 Min – January 24, 25, 31

NEW FRONTIER FILMS

The Royal Road by Jenni Olson



Director: Jenni Olson
Cast: Jenni Olson, Tony Kushner
U.S.A. – 65 Min – January 23, 24, 26, 29

SUNDANCE COLLECTIONS

Paris Is Burning by Jennie Livingston

A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston
U.S.A. – 78 Min – January 26

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