2008 Sundance Film Festival opens with IN BRUGES

2008 Sundance Film Festival opens on January 17 in Park City with the world premiere of  IN BRUGES, written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker and award-winning playwright, Martin McDonagh. With an international cast starring Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell, and Brendan Gleeson, IN BRUGES tells the suspenseful, twisted tale of two London hit men ordered to take a forced vacation in Bruges, Belgium, and how their subsequent time in exile goes awry.

On Friday, January 26, the Closing Film screening in Park City signals the Festival’s final weekend. This year’s Closing Film is the world premiere of Neil Young’s CSNY DÉJÀ VU which examines Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s connection to its audience in both political and musical terms, and the relationship between Vietnam-era sentiment and today’s political environment.

Films screening in Premieres

ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT/ U.S.A. (Director: Brett Simon; Screenwriter: Kevin Jakubowski)

BE KIND REWIND/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Michel Gondry)

CSNY DÉJÀ VU/ U.S.A. (Director: Bernard Shakey; Screenwriters: Neil Young, Mike Cerre)

THE DEAL/ Canada (Director: Steven Schachter; Screenwriters: William H. Macy, Steven Schachter)

DEATH IN LOVE/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Boaz Yakin)

DIMINISHED CAPACITY/ U.S.A. (Director: Terry Kinney; Screenwriter: Sherwood Kiraly)

THE ESCAPIST/ Ireland (Director: Rupert Wyatt; Screenwriters: Rupert Wyatt and Daniel Hardy)

THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Sean McGinly)

THE GUITAR/ U.S.A. (Director: Amy Redford; Screenwriter: Amos Poe)

HENRY POOLE IS HERE/ U.S.A. (Director: Mark Pellington; Screenwriter: Albert Torres)

IN BRUGES/ United Kingdom (Director and Screenwriter: Martin McDonagh)

INCENDIARY/ United Kingdom (Director and Screenwriter: Sharon Maguire)

THE MERRY GENTLEMAN/ U.S.A. (Director: Michael Keaton; Screenwriter: Ron Lazzeretti)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN/ U.S.A. (Director: Kenny Leon; Screenwriter: Paris Qualles)

SAVAGE GRACE/ U.S.A. (Director: Tom Kalin, Screenwriter: Howard A. Rodman)

SLEEPWALKING/ Canada/ U.S.A. (Director: Bill Maher; Screenwriter: Zac Stanford )

SMART PEOPLE/U.S.A. (Director: Noam Murro; Screenwriter: Mark Jude Poirier)

TOWELHEAD (F.K.A. NOTHING IS PRIVATE)/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Alan Ball)

TRANSSIBERIAN/ Spain (Director: Brad Anderson; Screenwriters: Brad Anderson and Will Conroy)

U2 3D/ U.S.A. (Directors: Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington)

THE VISITOR/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Tom McCarthy)

WHAT JUST HAPPENED?/ U.S.A. (Director: Barry Levinson; Screenwriter: Art Linson)

THE YEAR OF GETTING TO KNOW US/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Patrick Sisam)

THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF/ U.S.A. (Director: Udayan Prasad; Screenwriter: Erin Dignam)

A tribute to the abundance of compelling new voices and the creative spirit in independent filmmaking, the Spectrum program presents out-of-competition dramatic and documentary films from some of the most promising filmmakers in the world today. For 2008, Sundance Film Festival features a new sidebar, Spectrum: Documentary Spotlight. Unfulfilled dreams, storybook heroes, joyful octogenarians, and gangsters with a heart are revealed in these new films.

The films screening in Spectrum: Documentary Spotlight are:

ANVIL! THE TRUE STORY OF ANVIL/ U.S.A. (Director: Sacha Gervasi)

THE BLACK LIS / U.S.A. (Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; Screenwriter: Elvis Mitchell)

KICKING IT/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Susan Koch)

THE LINGUISTS/ U.S.A. (Directors: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger; Screenwriter: Daniel A. Miller)

MADE IN AMERICA/ U.S.A. (Director: Stacy Peralta; Screenwriters: Stacy Peralta, Sam George)

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?/ France (Director: Morgan Spurlock; Screenwriters: Jeremy Chilnick and Morgan Spurlock)

Dramatic films screening in Spectrum are:

AUGUST/ U.S.A. (Director: Austin Chick; Screenwriter: Howard A. Rodman)

BAGHEAD/ U.S.A. (Directors and Screenwriters: Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass)

BIRDS OF AMERICA/ U.S.A. (Director: Craig Lucas; Screenwriter: Elyse Friedman)

BLIND DATE/ U.S.A. (Director: Stanley Tucci; Screenwriters: Stanley Tucci, David Schechter)

BOTTLE SHOCK/ U.S.A. (Director: Randall Miller; Screenwriters: Jody Savin, Randall Miller)

CHRONIC TOWN/ U.S.A. (Director: Tom Hines; Screenwriter: Michael Kamsky)

GOLIATH/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: David Zellner)

A GOOD DAY TO BE BLACK & SEXY/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Dennis Dortch)

LOVE COMES LATELY/ Germany/ Austria (Director and Screenwriter: Jan Schütte)

MOMMA’S MAN/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Azazel Jacobs)

QUID PRO QUO/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Carlos Brooks)

RED/ U.S.A. (Director: Trygve Diesen; Co-Director: Lucky McKee; Screenwriter: Stephen Susco)

This year’s line-up includes a program of six feature-length films from France, Haiti, and the United States.
In addition to the films screening in New Frontier, the program draws focus to new work that is at the forefront of the intersection between art, new technology, and the moving image. It also includes performances and conversation at New Frontier on Main, a specially designed art space across from the Egyptian Theatre in Park City. The complete lineup for New Frontier on Main will be announced December 6.

The films screening in New Frontier are:
CASTING A GLANCE / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: James Benning)

EAT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY (MANGE, CECI EST MON CORPS)/ France/ Haiti (Director and Screenwriter: Michelange Quay)

FEAR(S) OF THE DARK (PEUR(S) DU NOIR)/ France (Directors: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Callou, Richard McGuire, Pierre Di Sciullio, Lorenzo Mattotti Screenwriters: Jerry Kramsky, Pirus, Romaine Slocombe, Artistic Director: Etienne Robial)

HALF-LIFE/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Jennifer Phang)

REVERSION/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Mia Trachinger)


Park City at Midnight offers eight films that are likely to amuse, surprise, or shock the bleary-eyed viewer and offer a lively last stop in the nightly film-going circuit. Films presented in Park City at Midnight at previous Sundance Film Festivals include: THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, SUPER TROOPERS, SAW, OLD BOY, and AMERICAN HARDCORE.

The films screening in Park City at Midnight
ADVENTURES OF POWER/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Ari Gold)

THE BRØKEN/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Sean Ellis)

GEORGE A. ROMERO’S DIARY OF THE DEAD/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: George A. Romero)

DONKEY PUNCH/ United Kingdom (Director: Olly Blackburn; Screenwriters: Olly Blackburn, David Bloom)

FUNNY GAMES/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Michael Haneke)

HELL RIDE/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Larry Bishop)

OTTO; OR, UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE/ Germany/ Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Bruce LaBruce)

TIMECRIMES (LOS CRONOCRÍMENES)/ Spain (Director and Screenwriter: Nacho Vigalondo)


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