Joel Edgerton and the Egyptian Revolution headline 2012 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Competition
The Sundance Institute announced the competition slates for both the World Cinema Dramatic and World Cinema Documentary programs for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival today. 17 narrative films and 12 documentaries have been selected this year.
Notable narrative selections include the opening night thriller "Wish You Were Here" from Australia starring Joe Edgerton and Teresa Palmer and French selection "WRONG" which features American actors Jack Plotnik and William Fichtner among others.
In the documentary selections, the Egyptian Revolution, Canadian video game makers, Chinese boxing, Russia's nationalistic youth and a lost rock star are some of the intriguing topics tackled.
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 19 - 29 in Park City, Utah. A complete list of all the World Cinema selections is as follows.
2012 World Cinema Dramatic Competition
4 Suns/ Czech Republic Director and screenwriter: Bohdan Sláma
Immature Fogi attempts to straighten up and accept his responsibilities as a new husband and father, as well as role model to his troubled son from a previous relationship, but finds himself unable to change his nature, leaving him to watch haplessly as his family begins to crumble.
Cast: Jaroslav Plesl, A?a Geislerová, Karel Roden, Ji?í Mádl, Klára Melíšková.
About the Pink Sky/ Japan
Director and screenwriter: Keiichi Kobayashi
A high school girl finds a wallet full of money and tracks down its owner, leading to unexpected consequences for the girl and her friends.
Cast: Ai Ikeda, Ena Koshino, Reiko Fujiwara, Tsubasa Takayama, Hakusyu Togetsuan.
Director and screenwriter: Rasit Celikezer
A young married couple live happily in Istanbul, but their decision to illegally procure a child threatens their future together.
Cast: Selen Ucer, Serdar Orcin, Berkan Demirbag, Erkan Avci.
Father's Chair (A Cadeira do Pai)/ Brazil
Director: Luciano Moura
Screenwriters: Elena Soarez, Luciano Moura
Following the trail of his runaway teen son, Theo confronts his own identity as a son, a father and a man along the way.
Cast: Wagner Moura, Lima Duarte, Mariana Lima.
Director: Babis Makridis
Screenwriters: Efthymis Filippou, Babis Makridis
A man who lives in his car gets caught up in the undeclared war between motorcycle riders and car drivers.
Cast: Aris Servetalis, Makis Papadimitriou, Lefteris Mathaios, Nota Tserniafski, Stavros Raptis.
The Last Elvis (El Ultimo Elvis) Argentina
Director: Armando Bo, Screenwriters: Nicolás Giacobone and Armando Bo
A Buenos Aires Elvis impersonator who believes that he is the reincarnation of the King struggles to shake free from reality and live his musical dream.
Cast: John McInerny, Griselda Siciliani, Margarita Lopez.
Madrid, 1987/ Spain
Director and screenwriter: David Trueba
The balance of power and desire constantly shifts during the meeting of an older journalist and a young student, of two generations completely foreign to one another. Cast:José Sacristán, María Valverde, Ramon Fontserè.
My Brother the Devil/ United Kingdom
Director and screenwriter: Sally El Hosaini
A pair of British Arab brothers trying to get by in gangland London learn the extraordinary courage it takes to be yourself.
Cast: James Floyd, Saïd Taghmaoui, Fady Elsayed.
Teddy Bear/ Denmark
Director: Mads Matthiesen
Screenwriters: Mads Matthiesen, Martin Pieter Zandvliet
Dennis, a painfully shy 38-year-old bodybuilder who lives with his mother, sets off to Thailand in search of love.
Cast: Kim Kold, Elsebeth Steentoft, Lamaiporn Sangmanee Hougaard, David Winters, Allan Mogensen.
Valley of Saints/ India, U.S.A.
Director and screenwriter: Musa Syeed
Gulzar plans to run away from the war and poverty surrounding his village in Kashmir with his best friend, but a beautiful young woman researching the dying lake leads him to contemplate a different future
Cast: Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, Mohammed Afzal Sofi, Neelofar Hamid.
Violeta Went to Heaven (Violeta se Fue a Los Cielos)
Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Spain
Screenwriters: Eliseo Altunaga, Rodrigo Bazaes, Guillermo Calderón, Andrés Wood
A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes.
Cast:Francisca Gavilán, Thomas Durand, Luis Machín, Gabriela Aguilera, Roberto Farías.
Wish You Were Here/ Australia
Director: Kieran Darcy-Smith
Screenwriters: Felicity Price, Kieran Darcy-Smith
Four friends embark on a carefree holiday, but only three return home. Who knows what happened on that fateful night?
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Price, Antony Starr.
World Premiere. Opening Night Selection.
Director and screenwriter: Quentin Dupieux
Dolph searches for his lost dog, but through encounters with a nympho pizza-delivery girl, a jogging neighbor seeking the absolute, and a mysterious righter of wrongs, he may eventually lose his mind... and his identity.
Cast: Jack Plotnick, Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena, Steve Little, William Fichtner.
Young & Wild/ Chile
Director: Marialy Rivas
Screenwriters: Marialy Rivas, Camila Gutiérrez, Pedro Peirano
17-year-old Daniela, raised in the bosom of a strict Evangelical family and recently unmasked as a fornicator by her shocked parents, struggles to find her own path to spiritual harmony.
Cast: Alicia Rodríguez, Aline Kuppenheim, María Gracia Omegna, Felipe Pinto.
2012 World Cinema Documentary Competition
½ REVOLUTION/ Denmark
Directors: Omar Shargawi, Karim El Hakim
In January 2011, two filmmakers captured the reality of the Egyptian revolution as it occurred out of view from the world's media in the alleyways and streets away from the square – and in the process were arrested by the secret police. North American Premiere
5 Broken Cameras/ Palestine, Israel, France
Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
A Palestinian journalist chronicles his village’s resistance to a separation barrier being erected on their land and in the process captures his young son’s lens on the world. International Premiere
THE AMBASSADOR/ Denmark
Director: Mads Brügger
What happens when a very white European man buys his way into being a diplomat in one of Central Africa's most failed nations? Welcome to the bizarre and hidden world of African diplomacy, where gin and tonics flow and diamond hustlers and corrupt politicians run free.
North American Premiere
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* / Sweden
Director: Fredrik Gertten
The behind-the-scenes story of a full-scale attack on freedom of speech. When Dole set its sights on the WG Film production Bananas!*in May 2009, confusion was the method, aggression was the tactic and media control was the story.
North American Premiere
China Heavyweight/ Canada, China
Director: Yung Chang
In central China, where a coach recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions, the top students face dramatic choices as they graduate – should they fight for the collective good or for themselves? A metaphor for the choices everyone in the New China faces now.
Gypsy Davy/ Israel, U.S.A., Spain (Director: Rachel Leah Jones) — How does a white boy with Alabama roots become a Flamenco guitarist in Andalusian boots? A tale of self-invention and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of the cost to others.
The Imposter / United Kingdom
Director: Bart Layton
In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive thousands of miles away in Spain with a shocking story of kidnap and torture. But all is not what it seems in this tale that is truly stranger than fiction.
Indie Game: The Movie/ Canada
Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
Follow the dramatic journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.
The Law in These Parts/ Israel
Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
Israel's 43-year military legal system in the Occupied Palestinian Territories unfolds through provocative interviews with the system’s architects and historical footage showing the enactment of these laws upon the Palestinian population.
Director: Jennifer Baichwal
Based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling book, Payback explores how debt is a central organizing principle in our lives – influencing relationships, societies, governing structures and the very fate of this planet.
Putin's Kiss/ Denmark
Director: Lise Birk Pedersen
19-year-old Marsha is a model spokesperson in a strongly nationalistic Russian youth movement that aims to protect the country from its enemies. When she starts recognizing the organization’s flaws, she must take a stand for or against it.
North American Premiere
Searching for Sugar Man/ Denmark, United Kingdom
Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the greatest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away.
World Premiere. Opening night film.