Tonight marks the Opening Night of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The prestigious independent film festival has been the launch pad for some of the world’s most critically acclaimed international films for over 30 years.
To make matters even more exciting, there is an Australian film opening this year’s festival. Kieran Darcy-Smith’s Wish You Were Here stars Joel Edgerton and is nominated in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. The film follows the nightmare trip of four Australians in Cambodia. After one of them goes missing, they try to return to their normal lives in Sydney and move on. However a painful truth about the holiday is revealed, and the three troubled survivors must face up to the horrors of what happened.
With a nonlinear timeline used to maximum effect, and each actor realizing two distinct versions of a character‚Äîbefore and after the vacation from hell‚ÄîKieran Darcy-Smith’s film is an exciting debut. Already sold out in Sundance, the film opens in Australia later in 2012 – more info here.
To celebrate the opening of Sundance, World Movies sat down with four of Australia’s biggest filmmakers to discuss their experience of taking a film to the festival. From 6:30pm tonight, our exclusive interviews with directors and writers including Gregor Jordan (Two Hands) and Brendan Fletcher (Mad Bastards).
The interviews feature throughout our first ever WM: Sundance marathon, which features four films that were recently awarded the biggest prizes at Sundance Film Festival. The marathon begins with Chilean black comedy The Maid, which won the World Cinema Grand Jury prize, followed by the acclaimed Captain Abu Raed from Jordan. Winner of the Dramatic Grand Jury prize, Girlfight is the compelling story of one woman’s life in the boxing ring. Sleep Dealer finishes the night, with the dystopian sci-fi film winning at Sundance in 2008.