Sundance Film Festival

Opening Night Swearing In


Colin Farrell caught in Sundance glare photo: Jamie Stuart

Park City, UT — IN BRUGES, the opening night film for this year’s Sundance Film Festival, played to two packed houses at the Eccles Theater last night. In some ways, a film made by the Irish playwright Martin McDonagh about hit men in an old Belgium town might seem to set an incongruous note for America’s premier independent film festival. But the rough and tumble play of blazing guns, high-swearing dialogue and squirting blood pays a worthy tribute to how Sundance and its filmmakers — such as, indie action directors like Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino – have influenced global culture. In fact, Focus Features which handed out ballots for their on-line poll of the best cinematic cussing [www.filminfocus.com], that includes at least one line from Tarantino. Director Martin McDonagh and stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson were in tow for the red carpet and opening night comments, and then were very much in force at the Focus Features party at The Lift.

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Peter Bowen
Editor, FilmInFocus.com