Sundance Film Festival

Today at Sundance — We kick off the Festival with Michael Cera and Gael Garcia Bernal

Welcome to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. We’re beaming to you LIVE from Park City, Utah. Make sure to check back here every day. Each morning we’ll have the lowdown on the buzziest premieres and make sure you’re up-to-date on all of the biggest stories coming out of the festival. Tonight they’re kicking off the Festival with four kick-ass premieres. We’ve got a documentary “starring” Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal, a modern take on traditional marriage from a festival alum, Michael Cera tripping on some hallucinogenic cactus and a deep dive into the lives of backup singers.

Today’s Premieres:


WHO IS DAYANI CRYSTAL 5:30P The MARC
Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt, they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who—or what—is Dayani Cristal? Marc Silver’s masterful documentary assembles the answers to these questions using beautifully realized dramatic sequences with famed actor Gael García Bernal.



MAY IN THE SUMMER 6P Eccles
May has it all—a celebrated book, a sophisticated New York life, and a terrific fiancé to match. But when she heads to Amman, Jordan, to arrange her wedding, she lands in a bedlam of family chaos she thought she’d transcended long before. Sundance alum Cherien Dabis (AMREEKA) directs and stars.



CRYSTAL FAIRY 8:30P The MARC
Jamie (Michael Cera) is a boorish, insensitive American twentysomething traveling in Chile, who somehow manages to create chaos at every turn. He and his friends are planning on taking a road trip north to experience a legendary shamanistic hallucinogen called the San Pedro cactus. In a fit of drunkenness at a wild party, Jamie invites an eccentric woman—a radical spirit named Crystal Fairy—to come along.



TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM 9:30P Eccles
Backup singers are usually relegated to the margins, and few, if any, become household names, their work has defined countless songs that remain in our hearts and collective consciousness. Twenty Feet from Stardom juxtaposes interviews with industry legends (Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, and others) and the relative unknowns who support them like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill as they illuminate the art of melding their own distinct voices with lead vocals and reveal their desires for careers as solo artists.

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