Sundance Film Festival 2008

Continuing its commitment to short film, Sundance has expanded its short film section - so we've split our coverage. The 2008 selection of 42 films is up from 28 last year and split into dramatic, documentary, animation and a new experiemental/mixed media category. They represent 16 different countries.

View other Sundance Film Festival Films by strand: Independent Feature Competition: Documentary, Independent Feature Competition: Dramatic, International Short Films: Animation, International Short Films: Documentary, International Short Films: Dramatic, New Frontier, Park City At Midnight, Premieres, Spectrum: Documentary, Spectrum: Dramatic Spotlight, US Short Films: Animation, US Short Films: Documentary, US Short Films: Dramatic, US Short Films: Experimental, World Cinema Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition

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Bend It (Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Jules Nurrish; Writer: Jules Nurrish)
An homage piece with a significant nod towards the living sculpture-art of Gilbert and George that plays with conventional notions of gender. Featuring two unnamed, androgynous figures on plinths in an art gallery, they dance to the same tune that Gilbert and George used in their piece from the late 1960s, in which they created the "bend-it" dance.
Buyo (Country: Italy; Year: 2007; Director: Andrea Fasciani; Writer: Andrea Fasciani)
In this post-modern tale, Ralph is a guy whose voice only generates weird sounds, and Anna is deaf. One day they meet in the elevator. Ralph's unusual voice makes Anna's body vibrate, prompting Anna's affections and her desire to follow him everywhere.
Nikamowin (Country: Canada; Year: 2007; Director: Kevin Lee Burton; Writer: Kevin Lee Burton)
Deconstructing and reconstructing Cree narrative, this film experiments with language to create a linguistic soundscape.
Oiran Lyrics (Country: Japan; Year: 2007; Director: Ryosuke Ogawa; Writer: Ryosuke Ogawa)
A historical musical about the glamorous yet plaintive life of Kiyomi, a beautiful oiran or high-class Japanese courtesan.
Please Stand Back! (Zur├╝ckbleiben bitte) (Country: Germany; Year: 2007; Director: Stadtmusik; Writer: Stadtmusik)
The directorial collective, Stadtmusik, deals with sounds in cities by analysing sound structures that are triggered by urban buildings and facilities. They focus on the aspect of movement in the city, reinforcing a dynamic experience of the urban soundscape.
Plot Point (Country: Belgium; Year: 2007; Director: Nicolas Provost; Writer: Nicolas Provost)
At a big event in Times Square, something is going on - but what?
Sevilla -> (oo)06 (Sevilla -> (Infinity) 06) (Country: Spain; Year: 2007; Director: Olivo Barbieri; Writer: Olivo Barbieri)
Certainly winning the award for faffiest title, A tale about the perception of Europe in Africa...from the vantage point of an airplane.
Suspension (Country: Belgium; Year: 2007; Director: Nicolas Provost; Writer: Nicolas Provost)
Letting go of realist constraints, and going back to the mirror-images of some of Provost's previous works, we dive into a metamorphosing cosmic ocean.

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