The Sundance Film Festival takes place each year in Utah, but also has an edition in London. This year, special attention for women in the film industry.
The British edition of the Sundance Film Festival took place this year from 31 may to 3 June in London’s Picturehouse Central. Keywords: great atmosphere, a special selection of films and interesting special guests.
Toni Collette was present for Hereditary and Ethan Hawke suggested the heartbreaking drama First Reformed . Sundance supports like local talent, and kept that tradition this year in honor with the British premiere of Idris Elba‘s directorial debut, Yardie.
Now the film industry in a period of dramatic change and reflection going through, wanted Sundance to seize the opportunity to think about the past, the present and the future. With movements such as Time’s Up and #Metoo that the inequality in the film world, to denounce, proposed the Festival to the following question: #WhatNext? How do we proceed?
Women in the spotlight
The festival presented twelve films from the selection of the Sundance Film Festival 2018 in Utah. With seven of them directed by women, and a good portion of female leading roles on the screen, one thing is immediately apparent: the Festival puts female filmmakers and their work in the spotlight.
The London edition opened with the British premiere of The Tale, a film by Jennifer Fox with Laura Dern and Elizabeth Debicki, and gave it the kick-off for a weekend full of bold stories with a female focus. To finish: Leave No Trace, Debra Graniks long-awaited sequel to the Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone.
A British premiere, there was also The Miseducation or Cameron Post from Desiree Akhavan, the film this year in Utah to get, went with the Price of the Jury. Also on the program: Skate Kitchen of Crystal Moselle, the comedy Never Goin’ Back of Augustine Frizzel and An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, a movie from Jim Hosking with Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch and Jermaine Clement.
Half the Picture
Special attention for Half the Picture: a striking documentary of Amy Adrion that a critical look at the small number of female directors in Hollywood.
The film opens with the press conference in Cannes 2017, where actress Jessica Chastain of doctrine went against the fact that female directors, their work often doesn’t get funded, and insufficient attention from international film festivals. How is that exactly?
Adrion let her female colleagues to the word. Among others, Lena Dunham, Ava DuVernay, Rosanna Arquette, and Jill Soloway talk about their experiences as filmmakers in Hollywood. You may expect some shocking uitaltingen: sexist comments, sexual harassment, the belief that women do not have enough authority would have to make a movie, etc. Half the Picture was in London walk away with the audience award of the festival. Quite in line with the theme.
Finally, quote we love, Caroline Libresco, responsible for the programming of Sundance: “There are enough female filmmakers. We, they should just give it a place on the posters of the festivals”.
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