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The Sundance Institute selected the following 16 films from 929 submission.


  • BLAME IT ON FIDEL (LA FAUTE A FIDEL) / France (Director and Screenwriter: Julie Gavras) – A 9-year old girl weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris.
  • DRAINED (O CHEIRO DO RALO) / Brazil (Director: Heitor Dhalia; Screenwriters: Marcal Aquino, Heitor Dhalia) – A pawn shop proprietor buys used goods from desperate locals – as much to the perverse power games as for his own livelihood, but when the perfect rump and a backed-up toilet enter his life, he loses all control.
  • DRIVING WITH MY WIFE’S LOVER (ANE-EUI AEIN-EUL MANNADA) / Soth Korea (Director: Kim Tai-sik; Screenwriters: Kim Jeon-han, Kim Tai-sik) – When a mild-mannered South Koreanman decides to track down the cab driver having an affair with his wife, a strange bond devlops between the pair during the long-distance drive.
  • EAGLE VS. SHARK / New Zealand (Director and Screenwriter: Taika Waititi) – The tale of two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love.
  • EZRA / France (Director: Newton I. Aduaka; Screenwriters: Newton I. Aduaka, Alain-Michel Blanc) – A young ex-child soldier in Sierra Leone attempts to return to a normal life after the civil war which devastated his country.
  • GHOSTS / UK (Director: Nick Broomfield; Screenwrwiters: Nick Broomfield, Jez Lewis) – Based on a true story, GHOSTS is the tragic account of an illegal Chinese immigrant woman as she struggles relentlessly for a better life in the UK. [Director of Kurt and Courtney]
  • HOW IS YOUR FISH TODAY? (JIN TIAN DE YU ZEN ME YANG?) / UK (Director: Xiaolu Guo; Screenwriter: Rao Hui, Xiaolu Guo) – Blurring boundaries between reality and fiction, HOW IS YOUR FISH TODAY? traces a Chinese writer’s inner journey through his fictional characters.
  • HOW SHE MOVE / Canada (Director: Ian Iqbal Rashid; Screenwriter: Annmarie Morais) – Following her sister’s death from drug addiction, a high school student is forced to leave her private school to return to her old, crime-filled neighborhood where she rekindles an unlikely passion for the competitive world of “Step” dancing.
  • THE ISLAND (OSTROV) / Russia (Director: Pavel Lounguine; Screenwriter: Dmitri Sobolev) – Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future. [Director previously nominated for 3 Golden Palms and won Best Director at Cannes]
  • KHADAK (THE COLOUR OF WATER) / Belguim/Germany (Directors and Screenwriters: Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth) – Set in the frozen steppes of Mongolia, KHADAK tells the story of Bagi, a young nomad confronted with his destiny after animals fall victim to a plague which threatens to eradicate nomadism.
  • THE LEGACY / Georgia/France (Directors and Screenwriters: Gela Babluani, Temur Babluani) – Three French hipsters and their translator travel through rural Georgia to claim a remote, ruined castle that one of them has inherited. En route, they encourage an old man and his grandchild who are on a journey to carry out a mysterious, morbid ritual designed to end a conflict between warring clans.
  • THE NIGHT BUFFALO (EL BUFALO DE LA NOCHE) / Mexico (Director: Jorge Hernandez Aldana; Screenwriters: Jorge Hernandez Aldana, Guillermo Arriaga) – A 22-year-old schizophrenic commits suicide after his girlfriend cheats on him with his best friend. Before killing himself, he lays out a plan that will drive the lowers into an abyss of madness. [Diego Luna]
  • NOISE / Australia (Director and Screenwriter: Matthew Saville) – A young cop, beset with doubt and afflicted with tinnitus (ear-ringing), is pitched into chaos that follows a mass murder on a suburban train. He struggles to clear the screaming in his head while the surrounding community deals with the after effects of the terrible crime.
  • ONCE / Ireland (Director and Screenwriter John Carney) – ONCE is a modern-day musical set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard and his Irish band “The Frames”, ONCE tells the story of a busker and an immigrant during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story.
  • REVES DE POUSSIERE (DREAMS OF DUST) / Burkina Faso/Canada/France (Director and Screenwriter: Laurent Salgues) – A Nigerian peasant comes looking for work in Essakane, a dusty gold min in Northeast Burkina Faso, where he hopes to forget the past that haunts him.
  • SWEET MUD (ADAMA MESHUGAAT) / Israel (Director and Screenwriter: Dror Shaul) – On a kibbutz in southern Israel in the 1970s, Dvir Avni realizes that his mother is mentally ill. In this closed community, bound by rigid rules, Dvir must navigate between the kibbutz motto of equality and the stinging reality that his mother has, in effect, been abandoned by the community.

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