Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent cinema festival in the United States, concludes today amid a spectacular display of some groundbreaking work from independent filmmakers from the US and other nations. The 10-day festival took place from Jan. 20-30.
Focus on Films
The festival has deliberately toned down the celebrity hype by launching 'Focus On Film'campaign that it began in 2007. Many films have got the audiences thinking and talking.
The India angle
India’s only representation this year was a joint venture with UK and USA - The Bengali Detective, directed by Philip Cox, which was presented in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. The film is the story of a private detective Rajesh in Kolkata, who investigates cases and also has a dance troupe that hopes to appear on a talent hunt show on TV. The film has garnered a positive response.
The Katie Holmes controversy
Actor Katie Holmes was 'upset' by reports that Hollywood executives walked out of a preview for her movie The Son Of No One. The film’s producer Cassian Elwes said: “She's (Holmes) very upset by this attack.”
Mahindra-Sundance tie up
Sundance Institute has tied up with Mumbai Mantra, Mahindra Group’s media and entertainment division, to organise an annual screenwriters’ lab in India that will recognise and nurture budding talent in India and across the world.