Sundance Film Festival 2020

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Acasa, My Home Acasa, My Home
Acasa, My Home and The Truffle Hunters
Acasa, My Home (Country: Romania; Year: 2020; Director: Radu Ciorniciuc)
In the wilderness of the Bucharest Delta, nine children and their parents lived in perfect harmony with nature for 20 years – until they are chased out and forced to adapt to life in the big city.
World premiere
The Earth Is Blue As An Orange (Country: Ukraine, Lithuania; Year: 2020; Director: Iryna Tsilyk)
To cope with the daily trauma of living in a warzone, Anna and her children make a film together about their life among surreal surroundings.
World premiere
Epicentro (Country: Austria, France; Year: 2020; Director: Hubert Sauper)
Cuba is well known as a so-called time capsule. The place where the New World was discovered has become both a romantic vision and a warning. With ongoing global cultural and financial upheavals, large parts of the world could face a similar kind of existence.
World premiere
Influence (Year: 2020; Director: Diana Neille, Richard Poplak; Writer: South Africa, Canada)
Charting the recent advancements in weaponised communication by investigating the rise and fall of the world's most notorious public relations and reputation management firm: the British multinational Bell Pottinger.
World premiere
Into The Deep (Country: Denmark; Year: 2020; Director: Emma Sullivan)
In 2016, a young Australian filmmaker began documenting amateur inventor Peter Madsen. One year in, Madsen brutally murdered Kim Wall aboard his homemade submarine. An unprecedented revelation of a killer and the journey his young helpers take as they reckon with their own complicity and prepare to testify.
World premiere
The Painter And The Thief The Painter And The Thief
The Painter And The Thief and Epicentro
The Mole Agent (Country: Chile; Year: 2020; Director: Maite Alberdi)
When a family becomes concerned about their mother’s well-being in a retirement home, private investigator Romulo hires Sergio, an 83-year-old man who becomes a new resident – and a mole inside the home, who struggles to balance his assignment with becoming increasingly involved in the lives of several residents.
World premiere
Once Upon A Time In Venezuela (Country: Venezuela, UK, Brazil, Austria; Year: 2020; Director: Anabel Rodriguez Rios; Writer: Anabel Rodriguez Rios)
Once upon a time, the Venezuelan village of Congo Mirador was prosperous, alive with fisherman and poets. Now it is decaying and disintegrating – a small but prophetic reflection of Venezuela itself.
World premiere
The Painter And The Thief (Country: Norway; Year: 2020; Director: Benjamin Ree)
An artist befriends the drug addict and thief who stole her paintings and an unusual relationship begins
World premiere
The Reason I Jump (Country: US, UK; Year: 2020; Director: Jerry Rothwell; Writer: Naoki Higashida)
Based on the book by Naoki Higashida this immersive film explores the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people around the world.
World premiere. Day One film
Saudi Runaway (Country: Switzerland; Year: 2020; Director: Susanne Regina Meures)
Amjad, a young, fearless woman from Saudi Arabia, is tired of being controlled by the state and patronised by her family. With an arranged marriage imminent, a life without rights and free will seems inevitable. Amjad decides to escape. An unprecedented view inside the world's most repressive patriarchy.
World premiere
The Reason I Jump The Reason I Jump
The Reason I Jump and Once Upon A Time In Venezuela
Softie (Country: Kenya; Year: 2020; Director: Sam Soko)
Boniface Mwangi is daring and audacious, and recognised as Kenya's most provocative photojournalist. But as a father of three young children, these qualities create tremendous turmoil between him and his wife Njeri. When he wants to run for political office, he is forced to choose: country or family?
World premiere
The Truffle Hunters (Country: Italy, US, Greece; Year: 2020; Director: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw)
In the secret forests of northern Italy, a dwindling group of joyful old men and their faithful dogs search for the world’s most expensive ingredient, the white Alba truffle. Their stories form a real-life fairy tale that celebrates human passion in a fragile land that seems forgotten in time.
World premiere
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