Sundance Film Festival 2019

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Shooting The Mafia and Stieg Larsson – The Man Who Played With Fire
Advocate (Country: Israel, Canada, Switzerland; Year: 2019; Director: Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaïche)
Biographical documentary about Lea Tsemel who defends Palestinians: from feminists to fundamentalists, from non-violent demonstrators to armed militants.
World premiere
Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Country: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium; Year: 2019; Director: Mads Brügger; Writer: Mads Brügger; Stars: Göran Björkdahl, Mads Brügger, Göran Björkdahl, Mads Brügger)
Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a crime far worse than killing the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
World premiere
The Disappearance Of My Mother (Country: Italy; Year: 2019; Director: Beniamino Barrese; Stars: Benedetta Barzini, Lauren Hutton, Beniamino Barrese)
An ageing fashion model strives to escape the world of images and disappear for good, but her son's determination to make a final film about her sparks an unexpected collaboration and confrontation with the camera's gaze.
World premiere
The Edge Of Democracy (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Petra Costa; Stars: Dilma Rousseff, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva, Sergio Moro, Nestor Cerveró, Paulo Roberto Costa, Marcelo Odebrecht, Lindbergh Farias, Jovair Arantes, José Eduardo Cardozo, Eduardo Cunha, Carlos Henrique Gaguim, Paulo Maluf, Roberto Requião, Jean Wyllys)
Consideration of post-dictatorship politics and the resurgent right in Brazil.
World premiere. Day One Film
Gaza (Country: Ireland; Year: 2019; Director: Garry Keane)
Gaza brings us into a unique place beyond the reach of television news reports to reveal a world rich with eloquent and resilient characters, offering us a cinematic and enriching portrait of a people attempting to lead meaningful lives against the rubble of perennial conflict.
World premiere
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The Disappearance Of My Mother and Midnight Traveler
Honeyland (Country: Republic of Macedonia; Year: 2019; Director: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov)
When nomadic beekeepers break Honeyland's basic rule (take half of the honey, but leave half to the bees), the last female beehunter in Europe must save the bees and restore natural balance.
World premiere
Lapü (Year: 2019; Director: Juan Pablo Polanco, César Alejandro Jaimes; Writer: Juan Pablo Polanco, César Alejandro Jaimes; Stars: Doris González Jusayú, Carmen González Jusayú)
In the middle of the Guajira Desert, Doris, a young Wayuu woman, exhumes her cousin's remains in order to meet her for the last time. Through a sensory journey this ritual leads her to confront death and blend the world of the dreams with the world of the living.
World premiere
The Magic Life Of V (Country: Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria; Year: 2019; Director: Tonislav Hristov)
Haunted by childhood traumas, Veera is trying to become more independent through live roleplaying. As she guides herself and her mentally-challenged brother through worlds of multiple roles and identities, witches and wizards, she finds the courage to face the demons of her own past and her abusive father's legacy.
World premiere
Midnight Traveler (Midnight Traveller) (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Hassan Fazili)
When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing their uncertain journey, Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum and the love shared between a family on the run.
World premiere
Sea Of Shadows (Country: Austria; Year: 2018; Director: Richard Ladkani; Stars: Carlos Loret de Mola, Andrea Crosta, Jack Hutton, Alan Valverde, Javier Valverde, Cynthia Smith, Carlos Loret de Mola, Andrea Crosta, Jack Hutton, Alan Valverde, Javier Valverde, Cynthia Smith)
The vaquita, the world's smallest whale, is near extinction as its habitat is destroyed by Mexican cartels and Chinese mafia, who harvest the swim bladder of the totoaba fish, the "cocaine of the sea". Environmental activists, Mexican navy and undercover investigators are fighting back against this illegal multi-million-dollar business.
World premiere
Advocate Advocate
Advocate and Honeyland
Shooting The Mafia (Year: 2019; Director: Kim Longinotto)
Profile of Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia.
World premiere
Stieg Larsson – The Man Who Played With Fire (Mannen som lekte med elden) (Country: Sweden; Year: 2018; Director: Henrik Georgsson; Writer: Olof Berglind, Nathan Grossman; Stars: Emil Almén)
Documentary about the Millennium-trilogy author Stieg Larsson and his pioneering work of fighting right wing extremists and neo-Nazis.
International premiere

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