In November, we offered our first-look Top Ten Sundance Films to Watch. Then we previewed Sundance Opening Night film In Bruges. Well, if you’re heading to the Utah slopes and screens, here are ten more to seek out from the World Cinema and “Park City at Midnight” categories.
:: Stranded: I’ve Come From A Plane That Crashed On the Mountains
Remember Alive, the movie about the rugby team whose flight went down in the Andes? This is their real story.
:: Made in America
Filmmaker Stacy Peralta (Dogtown and Z-Boys, Riding Giants) presents the history of South Central Los Angeles, from its history to its horrors.
:: The Wave
This is the second adapation of Todd Strasser’s novel (the first was a 1980s TV movie): A schoolteacher wants to show students how a large mob can be easily swayed — as Hitler knew – and his project goes wrong. This latest adaptation is from German director Dennis Gansel.
:: Funny Games
One of the more interesting film exercises of the year: Michael Haneke creates an American remake to his own 1997 film. Two young men hold a family hostage… as Haneke does the same to his audience. Starring Tim Roth, Naomi Watts and Michael Pitt.
An Israeli man and Palestinian woman fall in love while heading to Germany for the World Cup, in this complex, urgent romantic drama. Directed by Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv, based on their award-winning 2004 short.
:: Alone in Four Walls
This German-produced documentary discovers a boys’ prison in rural Russia, where many adolescents receive better lives than they would outside in the real world.
:: Time Crimes
This one sounds like it has the science and smarts of the superb Primer: a regular guy is slipping through gaps in time, and tries to figure out how and why. Or maybe he’s causing it and making it worse. A Spanish feature from director Nacho Vigalondo.
:: Man on Wire
An intriguing, dangerous 1970s event is remembered in this documentary about a French nutcase who walked a high wire between NYC’s Twin Towers. A stunt captured in time — and a location lost forever.
A woman discovers another version of herself driving by — and uncovers an alternate version of her life — in this London-based chiller from fashion photographer-turned-filmmaker Sean Ellis.
:: George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead
Hooray for more zombies! Master Romero is back in this movie about a movie: A group of filmmakers set out to make a horror feature and find themselves hunted by the walking dead. Yum.
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