World Cinema

Sundance names its Collection, Int'l picks

  • “Bad Company” (Mauvaises Frequentations), the U.S. preem of Jean-Pierre Ameris’ French feature.

  • “Bloody Angels,” Karin Julsrud’s Norwegian drama from USA Films that unspooled in Toronto.

  • “Butterfly Tongue” (La Lengua de las Mariposas), a Spanish drama from director Jose Luis Cuerda about a teacher during the time of the Civil War. Shown in San Sebastian and picked up by Miramax.

  • “The Charcoal People” (Os Carvoeiros), an ethnographic Brazilian docu directed by Nigel Noble.

  • “Chasing Buddha,” a portrait of an eccentric Buddhist nun directed by Amiel Courtin-Wilson, and “Original Schtick,” a look at a would-be great artist by Maciej Wszelaki, two mid-length docus from Australia showing as “Docs From Down Under.”

  • “The Cup,” Khyentse Norbu’s Cannes and Toronto hit from Bhutan, picked up by Fine Line.

  • “Gigantic” (Absolute Giganten), German drama directed by Sebastian Schipper.

  • “Herod’s Law” (La Ley de Herodes), director Luis Estrada’s political period piece that has been a huge hit in its native Mexico.

  • “Hidden River,” a romance from Argentina directed by Mercedes Garcia Guevara.

  • “Human Resources” (Resources Humaines), French feature by Laurent Cantet.

  • “Luna Papa,” a quirky drama from Tadjikistani director Bakhtiyar Khudojnazarov that played in Toronto.

  • “Mundo Grua” (Crane World), directed by Pablo Trapero, from Argentina, which screened in Venice.

  • “New Waterford Girl,” new Canadian film by Allan Moyle that debuted in Toronto.

  • “New Year’s Day,” a British feature from director Suri Krishnamma about a suicide pact between two kids.

  • “No One Writes to the Colonel,” Cannes competition entry by Mexican director Arturo Ripstein.

  • “Not One Less,” top prize winner in Venice by Chinese director Zhang Yimou.

  • “Nowhere to Hide,” suspenser from South Korea by Lee Myung-Se.

  • “Oi! Warning,” German drama about working class kids directed by Dominik Reding and Benjamin Reding.

  • “A Paradise Under the Stars,” Cuban sex farce about dancers at the Tropicana directed by Gerardo Chijona.

  • “The Prompter” (Sufflosen), Norwegian drama seen at the Montreal fest directed by Hilde Heier.

  • “A Room for Romeo Brass,” Shane Meadows’ latest, about two teenage friends in Nottingham, shown at Edinburgh and Toronto.

  • “Saving Grace,” British feature starring Brenda Blethyn as a widow who discovers her late husband was a crook, directed by Nigel Cole.

  • “Scarfies,” a “Shallow Grave”-style thriller from New Zealand directed by Robert Sarkies that unspooled in Cannes.

  • “Shower,” director Zhang Yang’s look at a changing China, shown in Toronto.

  • “Simon Magus,” a stylized look at a 19th century Jewish village in Central Europe directed by Ben Hopkins that has been recut since its debut in Berlin.

  • “Soft Fruit,” Australian director Christina Andreef’s feature about a dysfunctional family that comes together as the result of a family tragedy.

  • “Wonderland,” Michael Winterbottom’s ensemble contempo London feature that figured in the Cannes competition, from USA Films.

    Two films will be shown under the Sundance Collection banner:

  • “Blood Simple,” a revival of the Coen brothers’ first feature in a new print and with a special introduction, 12 years after it premiered at Sundance.

  • “Killer of Sheep,” Charles Burnett’s indie classic in a newly struck print.

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