French Films at Sundance Film Festival 2014

January 16, 2014 – January 26, 2014
Park City, Utah

MOFFATT_Lauren_WEB_3Since 1981, Sundance Institute has evolved to become an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide. Originally founded by Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, Sundance Institute has always provided a space for independent artists to explore their stories free from commercial and political pressures.

French Films are part of the program for the 2014 edition.

NOTEYE, by Lauren Moffatt
2013, 10 minutes, France/Germany/Australia, New Frontier Art
Producer: Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains

Artist Lauren Moffat invites you into a 3-D stereoscopic experience: step inside a dark box, take a seat, and meet a French woman who just can’t take the constant violation of being under surveillance by gadgets and devices. She is so tormented that she decides to take action and protect herself from the violating gaze of others.

Happiness, directed by Thomas Balmès
Bhutanese with English subtitles, 2013, 80 minutes, color, France/Finland, World Cinema Documentary

In 1999, King Jigme Wangchuck approved the use of television and Internet throughout the largely undeveloped nation of Bhutan, assuring the masses that rapid development was synonymous with the “gross national happiness” of his country, a term he himself coined.

Stranger by the Lake,  directed by Alain Guiraudie
French with English subtitles, 2013, 101 minutes, color, France, Spotlight

Since premiering at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival (where Alain Guiraudie won the best directing award in Un Certain Regard), Stranger by the Lake has stunned festival audiences around the world with its candid and absorbing portrait of passion and murder at a secluded lakeside cruising spot.

Girl from Nagasaki, directed by Michel Comte
English and Japanese with English subtitles, 2013, 107 minutes, color, Germany/U.S.A./Japan/Italy, New Frontier

Michel Comte’s dazzling feature debut renders this modern love story as an epic, overt spectacle of romance and loss, and a marvel of formal construction.

Mr. X: A Film About Leos Carax, directed by Tessa Louise-Salomé
English and French/Japanese with English subtitles, 2014, 75 minutes, color & b/w, France, World Cinema Documentary

Mysterious. Brilliant. Uncontrollable. Many words like these have been used to describe French filmmaker Leos Carax in both rapturous and negative ways. One thing that everyone agrees upon is that Mr. Carax went from fantastic success as a young, poetic filmmaker to having a reputation as a controversial, mad genius

We Come as Friends, directed by Hubert Sauper
English/Chinese/Arabic/Ma’di/Toposa with English subtitles, 2014, 110 minutes, color, France/Austria, World Cinema Documentary

As war-ravaged South Sudan claims independence from North Sudan and its brutal President, Omar al-Bashir, a tiny, homemade prop plane wings in from France. It is piloted by eagle-eyed documentarian Hubert Sauper, who is mining for stories in a land trapped in the past but careening toward an apocalyptic future.

Ernest & Celestine, directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
Screens in English, 2013, 80 minutes, color, France/Belgium/Luxembourg, Sundance Kids

“Mice and bears can never be friends” according to the rules in the charming world of Ernest and Celestine. Celestine is a young mouse in an underground land where cautionary tales of bears are told and all mice are destined to become dentists. But that doesn’t stop Celestine from dreaming of becoming an artist.

Où je mets ma pudeur, directed by Sébastien Bailly
French with English subtitles, 2013, 20 minutes, color, France, Short Films

Hafsia, an art history student, must remove her hijab for an oral exam. To prepare, she goes to the Louvre to view the painting she has to comment on.

La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak (Butter Lamp), directed by Hu Wei

Tibetan with English subtitles, 2013, 16 minutes, color, France/China, Short Films
A photographer weaves unique links among nomadic families.

Shavi Tuta (Black Mulberry), directed by Gabriel Razmadze
Georgian with English subtitles, 2012, 22 minutes, color, Georgia/France, Short Films

In a small, remote mining town in the Republic of Georgia, Nick and Anna, two teens from vastly different backgrounds, come together for an idyllic moment in time.

Godka Cirka (A Hole in the Sky), directed by Antonio Tibaldi, Alex Lora
Somalian with English subtitles, 2013, 10 minutes, color, Spain/France/U.S.A., Short Films

Young Alifa looks up at the Somali sky and thinks about her daily life as a shepherdess. She knows the day that will change her life forever is about to come.


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