Sundance Film Festival

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Marija Kavtaradze’s Sundance-Winning Film “Slow” – A Story about Hope

Marija Kavtaradze’s new movie Slow recently held its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, where the magical mountain honored the Lithuanian native with the best directing price in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition category. Slow, Kavtaradze’s second feature after Summer Survivors, tells a uniquely intriguing love story between a modern dancer named Elena (Greta Grinevičiūtė), who falls in love with a sign language interpreter Dovydas (Kęstutis Cicėnas), who identifies himself as an asexual.
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Sundance 2023: Raunchy Comedy Series “Chanshi” Follows a Good Jewish Girl Gone Wild

Following international acclaim for high octane thriller shows such as Fauda, Tehran and Prisoners of War, the last adapted stateside as Homeland, the Israeli television landscape now boasts a new comedy series, romantic while somewhat on the raunchy side, which has opened to rave reviews. Fresh from its North American premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, where it appeared as part of its Indie Episodic Program, Chanshi follows the defiant yet charming titular character as she breaks away from her traditional observant Jewish community in Brooklyn in order to fulfill her most intimate fantasies in the Holy Land in a series whose premise tackles religion and sexuality in an unconventional and provocative manner.
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Podcast: Sundance 2023 – Wrap-Up

Not rain, sleet or snow could stop our intrepid HFPA members, Yong Chavez and Miriam Spritzer, from attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah last week and hitting all the buzzed-about screenings. We quiz the journalists about the vibe, the packed cinemas and great Q&A, and, of course, what they thought of the movies that everyone else was talking about, including: Eileen (Anne Hathaway), Theatre Camp, Magazine Dreams (Jonathan Majors), Past Lives, Shortcomings and You Hurt My Feelings (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).
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Sundance 2023: WeShort – “In Short We Trust”

“In Short We Trust”: might seem provocative to some, but for Alessandro Loprieno, founder and CEO of the first worldwide distribution platform dedicated solely to shorts, there is nothing truer… and interest from the Sundance Film Festival, with its known attention to the short form, whether it be fiction or not, proves it.   WeShort, the company founded only two years ago in the Southern region of Puglia, Italy, is now an official partner of the Sundance Institute.