Sundance Film Festival 2009

This year's international shorts include 41 films from 18 countries. They are split into dramatic, documentary and animation.

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Lessons From The Night Lessons From The Night
Lessons From The Night and Ma Bar
China's Wild West (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Urszula Pontikos)
This part observational, part impressionistic study of a day in the life of a Muslim community, illustrates their hopeful efforts to discover jade in the harsh conditions of a dried-up riverbed in a remote town on the Silk Road in Western China.
Lessons From The Night (Country: Australia; Year: 2009; Director: Adrian Francis; Writer: Adrian Francis)
A cleaner reflects on life.
Magnetic Movie (Country: UK, US; Year: 2007; Director: Semiconductor: Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt)
Natural magnetic fields are revealed as chaotic ever-changing geometries, as scientists from NASA's space sciences laboratory excitedly describe their discoveries.
Ma Bar (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Adrian McDowall, Finlay Pretsell; Stars: Bill McFadyen)
What drives a 73-year-old powerlifting champion?
My Surfing Lucifer (Country: Switzerland ; Year: 2008; Director: Kenneth Anger)
Using found footage, we're introduced to the short life of Bunker Spreckels, Clark Gable’s stepson and surfing legend.
The Real Place The Real Place
The Real Place and Steel Homes
The Real Place (Country: Canada; Year: 2008; Director: Cam Christiansen; Writer: Blake Brooker)
An animated, poetic film celebrating the life and spirit of playwright and librettist John Murrell.
Steel Homes (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Eva Weber)
Self-storage units are windows into human histories: the silent cells with their discarded objects and dust-covered furniture are inscribed with past dreams, secret hopes and of lives we cannot let go.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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