Sundance Film Festival

Sundance En Espanol

Park City, UT– Today, the Sundance Institute announced the events that are part of Sundance en Espanol, a celebration of Latin films and filmmakers participating in the Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27, 2008. This event features a collection of six Spanish Language films and four films in English by Hispanic and Latino directors, selected from the Festival program to screen in Salt Lake City on the evening of Wednesday, January 23, 2008. Each film was selected by the Festival’s programming team and reflects a variety of Spanish speaking cultures, from the indigenous Kuna Yala peoples of Panama to teens in Peru and struggling lovers in Mexico, seeking a better life. Sundance en Espanol celebrates independent films that speak to the diverse Latino communities, here in Utah,” says Jill Miller, Managing Director, Sundance Institute. “We chose films that range in place, voice and emotion, so our local community has a chance to enjoy some of the best offerings of the festival.”

Among the events taking place as part of Sundance en Espanol are screenings of ten films by and about Latino, Hispanic, Caribbean and South American people. There will also be a panel highlighting the renewed importance of Latinos in filmmaking, a press conference featuring leaders of the Latin film movement, and a private reception hosted by Zions Bank and supported by DPR Communications. Zions Bank is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of Sundance en Espanol because it promotes artistic expression and important cultural dialogue,” says Scott Anderson, Zions Bank president and CEO. “We are excited that the Sundance Film Festival has such an incredible selection of films specifically chosen for the Latino community in Utah.”

Films from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival program screening in Salt Lake City as part of Sundance en Espanol:

BLUE EYELIDS (PARPADOS AZULES) Mexico (Director: Ernesto Contreras; Screenwriter: Carlos Contreras) – When Marina wins a beach getaway trip for two, her desperate search for someone to take with her leads to a complicated relationship and the revelation that she might be better off on her own. Cast: Cecilia Suarez, Enrique Arreola, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Tiare Scanda, Luisa Huerta.
U.S. Premiere 6:00 pm at Broadway Cinema IV.

SUGAR (Directors and Screenwriters: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck)–Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who last teamed up for HALF NELSON, chronicle the journey of Dominican baseball star Miguel “Sugar” Santos recruited from his native country to play in the U.S. minor leagues. Cast: Algenis Perez Soto.
World Premiere 6:00 pm at Tower Theatre. Get more info on SUGAR.

SLEEP DEALER (Director: Alex Rivera; Screenwriters: Alex Rivera, David Riker)- Set in a near-future, militarized world marked by closed borders, virtual labor and a global digital network that joins minds and experiences, three strangers risk their lives to connect with each other and break the barriers of technology. Cast: Luis Fernando Pena, Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas.
World Premiere 6:30 pm at Rose Wagner Center. Get more info on SLEEP DEALER.

STRANDED: I’VE COME FROM A PLANE THAT CRASHED ON THE MOUNTAINS. France (Director and Screenwriter: Gonzalo Arijon)— For the first time ever, survivors of the famous 1974 Andes plane crash tell in their own words their harrowing story of survival.
North American Premiere 6:45 pm at Broadway Cinema V.

PERRO COME PERRO (DOG EAT DOG)/ Colombia (Director: Carlos Moreno; Screenwriters: Alonso Torres, Carlos Moreno) – In the crime world of Colombia, there is an unwritten code. When Víctor and Eusebio, two hoods who bungle a shake-down job, break that code, they unwittingly sign their own death sentence. Cast: Marlon Moreno, Oscar Borda, Alvaro Rodríguez, Blas Jaramillo, Paulina Rivas. World Premiere 7:30 pm at Broadway Cinema VI.

THE WOMEN OF BRUKMAN (LES FEMMES DE LA BRUKMAN)/ Canada (Director: Issac Isitan; Screenwriters: Isaac Isitan and Carole Poliquin)—Amidst Argentina’s financial collapse, workers take over a Buenos Aires men’s clothing factory and continue producing clothing on a self-management model. As the formerly poor become business managers, their lives are changed forever.
U.S. Premiere 9:00 pm at Broadway Cinema IV.

MANCORA/ Spain/Peru (Director: Ricardo de Montreuil; Screenwriter: Oscar Torres)– A young man mourning the death of his father sets out with his estranged stepsister and her arrogant husband for adventures in the lush, picturesque beach town of Mancora, Peru. World Premiere. World Premiere. 9:00 pm at Tower Theatre.

ANYWHERE, U.S.A. (Director: Chusy Haney-Jardine; Screenwriters: Chusy Haney-Jardine, Jennifer Macdonald)— Told in three segments ranging from satirical to tragic, the film is a wildly original look at American manners, prejudices, and family dynamics. Cast: Perla Haney-Jardine. Get more info on ANYWHERE U.S.A..
World Premiere. 9:30 pm at Broadway Theatre V.

SMART PEOPLE/U.S.A. (Director: Noam Murro; Screenwriter: Mark Jude Poirier)—An acerbic and self-absorbed literature professor has alienated his son and turned his daughter into an overachieving, friendless teen. When his brother unexpectedly shows up at his door, the man is forced is to confront his own life. Cast: Dennis Quaid, Sarah
Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Ellen Page, Ashton Holmes. World Premiere. 9:30 pm at Rose Wagner Theatre.

THE WIND AND THE WATER (BURWA DII EBO)/ Panama (Directors and Screenwriters: A collective collaboration)– A young indigenous teen seeking his fortune in Panama City struggles to acclimate to chaotic urban life, where he becomes enamored with a girl from a wealthy, assimilated family. Later, he encounters his crush once again–but this time the landscape and tradition define their interaction.
World Premiere. 10:30 pm at Broadway Theatre VI.

TIMECRIMES (LOS CRONOCRIMENES)/ Spain (Director and Screenwriter: Nacho Vigalondo)— A man accidentally travels back to the past, only to meet himself there. He also encounters a series of mysteries—pieces of an unpredictable jigsaw puzzle of terror, drama, and supsense—that all lead to an unthinkable crime. Cast: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernandez, Barbara Goenaga.
Midnight at Broadway Cinema V.