Today at Sundance — Day 4: Jane Campion’s TOP OF THE LAKE and Park Chan-Wook’s first English film

Today in Park City, we’ve got the premiere of a Sundance Channel original that’s already generating plenty of buzz, plus Nicole Kidman in Chan-Wook Park’s first English language film. Check ‘em out, plus more premieres below!

TOP OF THE LAKE 9:00A Egyptian Theatre
12 years old and 5 months pregnant, Tui Mitcham walks into a freezing lake … then disappears. Detective Robin Griffin returns home to investigate, but it’s not a simple missing persons case. In this breathtaking but remote mountain town, there are evil forces as powerful as the land itself. Jane Campion (THE PIANO) directs Sundance Channel’s own TOP OF THE LAKE, an all-new original series premiering first at the Sundance Film Festival.

PRINCE AVALANCHE 2:30P Library Center Theatre
Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind. An unlikely friendship develops through humor and nasty exchanges, leading to surprising affection. Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, and Lance LeGault star.

STOKER 6:30P Eccles Theatre
Visionary filmmaker Park Chan-Wook, whose OLD BOY and THREE…EXTREMES both played at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, returns with another macabre story, one that marks his first venture into English-language cinema. After India’s father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie comes to live with her and her mother, Evelyn. Soon after his arrival, India suspects that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives but becomes increasingly infatuated with him. Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska star.

Shortly after the release of his documentary RESTREPO, photographer Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya. Colleague Sebastian Junger traces Hetherington’s work across the world’s battlefields to reveal how he transcended the boundaries of image-making to become a luminary in his profession.

And perhaps you missed

  • The party we hosted for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, DON JON’S ADDICTION (Tony Danza was there)
  • Bret McKenzie, Keri Russell and Jane Seymour stopped by to talk AUSTENLAND
  • Elisabeth Moss ditched Peggy Olson to talk TOP OF THE LAKE.

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