Film Festival Coverage Guide: 2013 Sundance

Festival recap 2013 Sundance Film Festival IONCINEMA.com

Here is a complete listing of the films that were shown/covered by the IONCINEMA.com team comprised of Nicholas Bell (NB), Jordan M. Smith (JS) and Eric Lavallee (EL). We’ll be populating this page up until March.

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION
AFTERNOON DELIGHT – Jill Soloway: NB (★★ 1/2): Review
AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS – David Lowery:  EL (★★★ 1/2), NB (★★★ 1/2): Review // Interview
AUSTENLAND- Jerusha Hess: NB (★): Review
C.O.G.- Kyle Patrick Alvarez: JS (★★ 1/2), NB (★★ 1/2): Review
CONCUSSION – Stacie Passon: EL (★★★), JS (★★★ 1/2), NB (★★★): Review // Interview
EMANUEL AND THE TRUTH ABOUT FISHES – Francesca Gregorini: JS (★★★), NB (★★★ 1/2): Review
FRUITVALE – Ryan Coogler: EL (★★★), JS (★★★★★), NB (★★★★): Review // Interview // Video
IN A WORLD… – Lake Bell: EL (★★★): Review
KILL YOUR DARLINGS – John Krokidas: EL (★★★), NB (★★★): Review
THE LIFEGUARD – Liz W. Garcia: EL (★★ 1/2): Review
MAY IN THE SUMMER – Cherien Dabis: NB (★★ 1/2): Review
MOTHER OF GEORGE – Andrew Dosunmu: EL (★★★ 1/2), NB (★★★ 1/2): Review // Interview // Video
THE SPECTACULAR NOW – James Ponsoldt: EL (★★★ 1/2), JS (★★★★), NB (★★★): Review // Video
TOUCHY FEELY – Lynn Shelton
TOY’S HOUSE – Jordan Vogt-Roberts: EL (★★★ 1/2): Review // Video
UPSTREAM COLOR – Shane Carruth: EL (DNF) JS (★★★★ 1/2), NB (★★★): Review // Interview

U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
99% – THE OCCUPY WALL STREET COLLABORATIVE FILM – Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read, Nina Kristic: JS (★★★): Review
AFTER TILLER – Martha Shane, Lana Wilson: JS (★★★ 1/2): Review
AMERICAN PROMISE – Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson: JS (★★★★): Review
BLACKFISH – Gabriela Cowperthwaite: EL (★★): Review
BLOOD BROTHER – Steve Hoover
CITIZEN KOCH – Carl Deal, Tia Lessin: JS (★★★): Review // Interview
CUTIE AND THE BOXER – Zachary Heinzerling: JS (★★★★): Review // Interview
DIRTY WARS – Richard Rowley: EL (★★★★): Review
GIDEON’S ARMY – Dawn Porter: JS (★★★ 1/2): Review
GOD LOVES UGANDA – Roger Ross Williams: JS (★★ 1/2): Review
THE GOOD LIFE – Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine
INEQUALITY FOR ALL – Jacob Kornbluth
MANHUNT- Greg Barker: EL (★★): Review
NARCO CULTURA – Shaul Schwarz: EL (★★★ 1/2) JS (★★★ 1/2): Review
TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM – Morgan Neville
VALENTINE ROAD – Marta Cunningham

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION
CIRCLES – Srdan Golubovic: NB (★★): Review
CRYSTAL FAIRY – Sebastián Silva: NB (★★★ 1/2): Review
THE FUTURE – Alicia Scherson: NB (★★): Review
HOUSTON – Bastian Günther
JISEUL – Muel O
LASTING – Jacek Borcuch
METRO MANILA – Sean Ellis: NB (★★★ 1/2): Review
SHOPPING – Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland: JS (★★★): Review
SOLDATE JEANNETTE – Daniel Hoesl: NB (★ 1/2): Review
THERE WILL COME A DAY – Giorgio Diritti
WAJMA (AN AFGHAN LOVE STORY) – Barmak Akram
WHAT THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT LOVE – Mouly Surya

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
FALLEN CITY – Qi Zhao: JS (★★ 1/2 ): Review
FIRE IN THE BLOOD – Dylan Mohan Gray
GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN – Ben Lewis: JS (★★★): Review // Interview
THE MACHINE WHICH MAKES EVERYTHING DISAPPEAR – Tinatin Gurchiani: JS (★★★ 1/2): Review
THE MOO MAN – Andy Heathcote, Heike Bachelier
PUSSY RIOT – A PUNK PRAYER – Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
A RIVER CHANGES COURSE – Kalyanee Mam
SALMA – Kim Longinotto
THE SQUARE (EL MIDAN) – Jehane Noujaim : EL (★★★): Review
THE STUART HALL PROJECT – John Akomfrah
THE SUMMIT – Nick Ryan : EL (★★ 1/2 ): Review
WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? – Marc Silver: EL (★★): Review // Video

NEXT
BLUE CAPRICE – Alexandre Moors: EL (★★★ 1/2), NB (★★★ 1/2): Review // Interview // Video
COMPUTER CHESS – Andrew Bujalski
ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW – Randy Moore: EL (★ 1/2), NB (★★★): Review
I USED TO BE DARKER – Matthew Porterfield: EL (★★★) JS (★★★ 1/2): Review // Interview // Video
IT FELT LIKE LOVE – Eliza Hittman: EL (★★★ 1/2), NB (★★★): Review
MILKSHAKE – David Andalman: EL (★ 1/2): Review
NEWLYWEEDS – Shaka King: NB (★★ 1/2): Review
PIT STOP – Yen Tan: NB (★): Review
A TEACHER – Hannah Fidell: EL (★★): Review // Video
THIS IS MARTIN BONNER – Chad Hartigan: EL (★★),  NB (★ 1/2): Review

SPOTLIGHT
FILL THE VOID – Rama Burshtein: JS (★★ 1/2)
GANGS OF WASSEYPUR – Anurag Kashyap
THE GATEKEEPERS – Dror Moreh
MUD – Jeff Nichols : EL (★★★ 1/2), NB (★★★★)
NO – Pablo Larraín : EL (★★★★), NB (★★★★): Review
SIGHTSEERS – Ben Wheatley: NB (★★★ 1/2): Review
STORIES WE TELL – Sarah Polley: EL (★★★★ 1/2)

PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT
ASS BACKWARDS – Chris Nelson: NB (1/2): Review
HELL BABY – Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
IN FEAR – Jeremy Lovering: NB (★): Review
KINK – Christina Voros
MAGIC MAGIC – Sebastián Silva: JS (★★★ 1/2) NB (★★★★): Review
THE RAMBLER – Calvin Lee Reeder: NB (★): Review
S-VHS – Barrett, Wingard, Sanchez, Hale, Tjahjanto, Evans, Eisener: NB (★★★): Review
VIRTUALLY HEROES – GJ Echternkamp
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE – Jim Mickle : EL (★ 1/2) JS (★ 1/2) NB (★★): Review // Video

FRONTIER
CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO – Robert Berger, Karlyn Michelson
FAT SHAKER – M Shirvani
INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.- Travis Mathews, James Franco: NB (★★★): Review
HALLEY – Sebastian Hofmann: NB (★★★ 1/2): Review
THE METEOR – François Delisle
WRONG COPS – Quentin Dupieux

FEATURE PREMIERES
A.C.O.D. – Stuart Zicherman: EL (★★ 1/2), JS (★★★), NB (★ 1/2): Review
BEFORE MIDNIGHT – Richard Linklater: EL (★★★★ 1/2), NB (★★★ 1/2): Review
BIG SUR – Michael Polish
BREATHE IN – Drake Doremus: NB (★★★): Review
DON JON’S ADDICTION – Joseph Gordon-Levitt: JS (★★★) NB (★★★ 1/2): Review
THE EAST – Zal Batmanglij: JS (★★★★), NB (★★★★): Review
THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE – George Tillman Jr.: EL (★★★), NB (★★ 1/2): Review
jOBS – Joshua Michael Stern
THE LOOK OF LOVE – Michael Winterbottom: NB (★★ 1/2): Review
LOVELACE – Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman: NB (★★): Review
THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN – Fredrik Bond: EL (★ 1/2): Review
PRINCE AVALANCHE – David Gordon Green: EL (★★★ 1/2),  NB (★★★ 1/2): Review
STOKER – Park Chan-Wook: JS (★★ 1/2), NB (★★★ 1/2): Review
SWEETWATER – Logan Miller, Noah Miller: NB (1/2): Review
TOP OF THE LAKE – Jane Campion, Garth Davis
TWO MOTHERS – Anne Fontaine: NB (★★★): Review
VERY GOOD GIRLS – Naomi Foner: JS (★★ 1/2): Review
THE WAY, WAY BACK – Nat Faxon, Jim Rash: EL (1/2) JS (★★) NB (★★): Review

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES (OUT OF COMPETITION)
ANITA – Freida Mock
THE CRASH REEL – Lucy Walker: JS (★★★ 1/2): Review
HISTORY OF THE EAGLES – Alison Ellwood
LINSANITY – Evan Leong
MUSCLE SHOALS – Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier
PANDORA’S PROMISE – Robert Stone
RUNNING FROM CRAZY – Barbara Kopple
SOUND CITY – Dave Grohl
WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS – Alex Gibney: JS (★★★ 1/2): Review // Interview
WHEN I WALK – Jason DaSilva
WHICH WAY IS THE FRONT LINE FROM HERE? THE LIFE AND TIME OF TIM HETHERINGTON – Sebastian Junger
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DICK CHENEY – R.J. Cutler, Greg Finton

U.S. NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS
THE APOCALYPSE / U.S.A. (Andrew Zuchero)
BLACK METAL / U.S.A. (Kat Candler)
BONESHAKER / U.S.A. (Frances Bodomo)
BROKEN NIGHT / U.S.A. (Guillermo Arriaga)
THE CAPTAIN / Australia, U.S.A. (Nash Edgerton, Spencer Susser)
THE CUB / U.S.A. (Riley Stearns)
GUN / U.S.A. (Spencer Gillis)
KARAOKE! / U.S.A. (Andrew F. Renzi): EL: Review // Interview // Video
K.I.T. / U.S.A. (Michelle Morgan)
MOVIES MADE FROM HOME # 6 / U.S.A. (Robert Machoian): EL: Review // Video
MOVIES MADE FROM HOME # 15 / U.S.A. (Robert Machoian) EL: Review // Video
PALIMPSEST / U.S.A. (Michael Tyburski)
#POSTMODEM / U.S.A. (Jillian Mayer, Lucas Leyva) EL: Review // Video
RECORD/PLAY / U.S.A. (Jesse Atlas) EL: Review // Video
SKIN / U.S.A. (Jordana Spiro) EL: Review // Video
SOCIAL BUTTERFLY / France, U.S.A. (Lauren Wolkstein) EL: Review // Video
WHAT DO WE HAVE IN OUR POCKETS? / Israel, U.S.A. (Goran Dukic)
WHIPLASH / U.S.A. (Damien Chazelle)

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS
THE COMPANION / Peru (Alvaro Delgado-Aparicio) EL: Review // Video
THE CURSE / United Kingdom (Fyzal Boulifa)
THE DATE / Finland (Jenni Toivoniemi) EL: Review // Video
LE FUTUR PROCHE / Canada (Sophie Goyette): EL: Review // Interview // Video
JONAH / Tanzania, United Kingdom (Kibwe Tavares)
MAGNESIUM / Netherlands (Sam de Jong)
NIGHT SHIFT / New Zealand (Zia Mandviwalla)
ON SUFFOCATION / Sweden (Jenifer Malmqvist)
SCRUBBER / United Kingdom (Romola Garai)
THE SONG OF THE MECHANICAL FISH / Russian Federation (Philipp Yuryev)
SUMMER VACATION / Israel (Sharon Maymon, Tal Granit)
TODAY AND TOMORROW / Netherlands (Aaron Douglas Johnston) EL: Review // Video
VOLUME / United Kingdom (Mahalia Belo): EL: Review // Interview // Video
YOU ARE MORE THAN BEAUTIFUL / China, Hong Kong (Director: Tae-yong Kim)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS
30% (WOMEN AND POLITICS IN SIERRA LEONE) / United Kingdom, Sierra Leone (Anna Cady)
THE BATTLE OF AMFAR / U.S.A. (Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman)
CATNIP: EGRESS TO OBLIVION? / U.S.A. (Jason Willis)
ENDLESS DAY / Germany (Anna Frances Ewert)
FALL TO GRACE / U.S.A. (Alexandra Pelosi)
IRISH FOLK FURNITURE / Ireland (Tony Donoghue)
OUTLAWED IN PAKISTAN / Pakistan, U.S.A. (Habiba Nosheen, Hilke Schellmann)
PARAÍSO / U.S.A. (Nadav Kurtz)
THE ROPER / U.S.A. (Ewan McNicol)
THE SECRET OF TREES / U.S.A. (Albert Maysles)
SKINNINGROVE / U.S.A. (Michael Almereyda)
A STORY FOR THE MODLINS / Spain (Sergio Oksman)
WHEN THE ZOMBIES COME / U.S.A. (Jon Hurst)
THE WHISTLE / Poland (Grzegorz Zariczny)
YOU DON’T KNOW JACK / U.S.A. (Morgan Spurlock)

ANIMATED SHORT FILMS
BENJAMIN’S FLOWERS / Sweden (Malin Erixon)
BITE OF THE TAIL / South Korea, U.S.A. (Song E Kim)
THE EVENT / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Julia Pott)
FERAL / U.S.A. (Daniel Sousa)
IN HANFORD / U.S.A. (Chris Mars)
MARCEL, KING OF TERVUREN / U.S.A. (Tom Schroeder)
OH WILLY… / Belgium, France, Netherlands (Marc James Roels, Emma De Swaef)
SERAPH / U.S.A. (Dash Shaw)
THANK YOU / U.S.A. (Pendleton Ward, Tom Herpich)
TRAM / France, Czech Republic (Michaela Pavlátová)

NEW FRONTIER SHORT FILMS
THE CAPSULE / Greece (Athina Rachel Tsangari)
CENTURY / U.S.A. (Kevin Jerome Everson)
DATAMOSH / U.S.A. (Yung Jake)
IYEZA / South Africa (Kudzanai Chiurai)
PRIMATE CINEMA: APES AS FAMILY / Scotland, U.S.A. (Rachel Mayeri)
REINDEER / United Kingdom (Eva Weber)
SIROCCO / U.S.A. (Hisham Bizri)
UNTIL THE QUIET COMES / U.S.A. (Kahlil Joseph)

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)