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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Sundance continued

Posted By on Sat, Jan 20, 2007 at 8:36 AM

The LA Times has excellent coverage of the festival.  Thus far the highlights appear to be "Hounddog" starring Dakota Fanning, David Morse, and Robin Wright Penn.  The film is getting a lot of attention because Fanning's character is raped.  Here's what the LA Times had to say,

"As for the scene that has put this film on the map long before its premiere here on Monday, it is the powerful, and yes, disturbing, heart of the film, and delicately filmed. Like rape itself, it becomes a thing of transcendent violence, not just a physical violation. Fanning's victim is an ethereal child on the cusp of sexuality whose soul withers before your eyes."

Here's a shocker.  The far right has objected to the film and a petition was started in Wilmington, NC where it was filmed to have the director prosecuted for "simulating sex with a minor," a crime.  The DA watched clips of the film and said no crime was committed.  Fanning herself, in an interview with the New York Times says, “Because that has happened to her, that doesn’t define her. Because of this thing that has happened — that she did not ask for — she is labeled that, and it’s her story to overcome that and to be a whole person again.”

“There are so many children that this happens to, every second,” she added. “That’s the sad part. If anyone’s talking about anything, that’s what they should be talking about.”

You have to love it when a 12 year old out wits the idiotic far right.  Victory!, as Johnny Drama would say. 

Other films that are generating buzz are "Away from Her," Sarah Polley's debut as a writer-director.  The film debuted in Toronto and critics remarked that it was "one of the most astonishing feature debuts by a Canadian director in ages."

"Slipstream" by writer-director Anthony Hopkins about, well, no one knows.

"Chicago 10" about the tumultuous days surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention. 

"Ghosts of Abu Ghraib," about the tortures.

"Weapons," about youth violence starring Nick Cannon and Paul Dano.

"Waitress," about poor women trying to survive.  Keri Russell, Jeremy Sisto and Cheryl Hines star.  The film's director Adrienne Shelley was murdered in New York on November 1st.

"On the Road With Judas," which has a Charlie Kaufman feel to it.  It's an adaptation of a novel, and the film is about the people playing the characters in the adaptation of that novel. 

"Snow Angels," directed by Arkie David Gordon Green which in competition for dramtic feature.  The film stars Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell.

"Black Snake Moan," by Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow") starring Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci about an ex-blues guitarist in a small Tennessee town.

"Adrift in Manhattan," which tells three stories of people in New York and the difficulty of moving to the next stage of life.




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