Now playing on Sundance Channel: Unwrap MARIE ANTOINETTE on Christmas Eve
This week on Sundance is adults only: intense films about violence, sex, and parties, almost all praised for stunning visuals. And on Christmas Eve, Santa is bringing MARIE ANTOINETTE, with all of the ribbons, candy, and costumes you would expect for such a festive occasion.
Recommendations for ENTER THE VOID always come with a warning: it’s not for the faint of heart. Gaspar Noé’s 2010 Sundance film focuses on the increasingly nightmarish visions of a spirit who is fated to remain on earth. Violent, sexual, and psychedelic, it won critical acclaim for its visual effects and camerawork, but be prepared for high-volume intensity. The opening title sequence gives you a pretty good idea of the overall tone.
ENTER THE VOID Thursday at 11:10P
Isabelle Huppert (I HEART HUCKABEES) stars in the 2009 drama WHITE MATERIAL, making its television premiere this Wednesday. Huppert, two-time Best Actress at Cannes, plays a French mother who continues to run her failing coffee plantation in Africa in the midst of an erupting civil war. French director Claire Denis is well-suited to tell this story, as she herself was raised in colonial Africa. The film was a huge success amongst audiences and critics alike with Roger Ebert praising Huppert for her understated performance, “In so many films, she is an indomitable force, yet you can’t see how she does it.”
WHITE MATERIAL Thursday at 12:30A (OK, that’s Wednesday night for me)
Kiera Knightly may not be the first actor who comes to mind when one thinks “bounty hunter,” but neither was her character, the real-life Domino Harvey. Knightly stars alongside Mickey Rourke, Édgar Ramírez, and Mo’ nique in DOMINO, based on the true story of a young, female bounty hunter born the wealthy daughter of British stage actor Laurence Harvey. Melodramatic and fast-paced, this is a signature pulp action flick for the 21st century.
DOMINO Thursday at 9P
Christmas eve, Sundance Channel presents the ultimate guilty pleasure movie — Sofia Coppola’s MARIE ANTOINETTE. Kirsten Dunst plays a partly-fictionalized version of the infamously extravagant Queen of France in the years leading up to her (SPOILER ALERT!) beheading. The film is as indulgent as its subject: it focuses entirely on Antoinette’s insular world, and the candy-colored costumes are arguably unrivaled by any film to date. The soundtrack, featuring The Cure, The Strokes, and Bow Wow Wow, is just as over-the-top.
MARIE ANTOINETTE Saturday at 8:25P
If you’re simply feeling nostalgic on Christmas, tune into SUNDANCE CHANNEL anytime from 10 AM to 3 PM for back-to-back episodes of MY SO CALLED LIFE. Better yet, Angela Chase it up and lock yourself in your childhood bedroom to watch while the family continues their “merriment” downstairs. The karma down there is, like, ridiculous.