FILM THREAT’S SUNDANCE 2005 WRAP-UP

WORLD DRAMATIC COMPETITION

BROTHERS ^ Brothers Michael and Jannik Lundberg are polar opposites. Michael is a major in the Danish Army and responsible family man, while Jannik has just gotten out of prison after doing time for robbery and assault…

CRONICAS ^ “Cronicas” attacks the rather alarming transition from TV news to entertainment, in which the only important parts of reality are those that will play well…

THE FOREST FOR THE TREES ^ “The Forest for the Trees” is a rather accurate depiction of a character who should never be the protagonist of a movie. Even while running a short 81 minutes, the movie sticks in a groove of its character’s inability to do anything other than aggravate people and fail to do her job…

GREEN CHAIR ^ The sex scenes are intimate and authentic as the older, experienced woman guides the younger man through the ins and outs (no pun intended) of sexual union…

THE HERO ^ The overcrowded and short-supplied city of Luanda, Angola is recovering from almost 30 years of civil war. “The Hero” examines how the war affected many different lives, both in the battlefield and in the city…

KEKEXILI: MOUNTAIN PATROL ^ In the desolate, mountainous no-man’s-land of Kekexili in western China, the Tibetan antelope are struggling to survive the Greed of man…

LILA SAYS ^ Let the steam begin as Ziad Doueiri’s “Lila Says” creates an incredible sexual tension between two characters that’s bound to press out the wrinkles in your pants as this thoroughly engaging, if tragic, love story unfolds like a psychological striptease…

LIVE-IN MAID ^ Writer/director Gaggero, who previously made three shorts including 2002’s “The Secret Sea,” has an impressive knack for unexpected storytelling…

MONSTERTHURSDAY ^ As a surfing movie, “Monsterthursday” is no “Step Into Liquid,” but it’s not really trying to be…

ON A CLEAR DAY ^ The setting is a shipyard in Glasgow, and the scene should be joyous…

PALERMO HOLLYWOOD ^ While it doesn’t always live up to its promise, director Eduardo Pinto tries an ambitious range of techniques as he uses handheld cameras to tell the story of two friends from different classes who live in the underworld of Buenos Aires, in the neighborhood of Palermo Viejo, which is known for its restaurants and nightclubs…

STRANGER ^ “Stranger” is most effective as a stylish, poetic examination/celebration of pregnancy, self-discovery, femininity, and of course life…

THIS CHARMING GIRL ^ The South Korean film “This Charming Girl,” making its North American debut at the Sundance Film Festival, manages to create a delicate, quiet character study without becoming insufferably pretentious…

TONY TAKITANI ^ Anyone suffering from depression or fits of violence due to overwhelming boredom should probably steer clear from “Takitani”…

UNCONSCIOUS ^ With a little more sex and a little more comedy, this one could have really been something…

WOLF CREEK ^ The movie indicates that all is not right from the opening titles, which tell us the film is based on actual events and that of Australians who go missing, 90 percent are found within a month…but some are never found…

Get the Special Screening selections in part seven of FILM THREAT’S SUNDANCE 2005 WRAP-UP>>>




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