With the eyes of the world on Ukraine right now, two films at Sundance came from that country, or what used to be that country.
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With Richard Davis, director Ramin Bahrani found an old-fashioned fraud, a paunchy American grifter worthy of a story by Mark Twain.
These three Sundance films supplied very intense viewing experiences.
When given a choice, tend to choose films that are fairly harrowing to watch. The next three Sundance Fest films on my slate were often disturbing, but also powerful and inspiring on many levels.
With Tantura, brimming with evidence that will now be hard to suppress, director Alon Schwarz may have won an important battle in the war of conflicting narratives about Israel’s war of independence.
My second Sundance dispatch deals with abortion, torture and cannibalism: what a scintillating combination for a bitterly cold weekend!
The first three films I saw at the Sundance Film Festival were very high-profile premieres.
Sundance’s strengths for me this year (as in the past) were the festival’s documentaries.