DAILY | Rotterdam and Sundance 2013 Updates

Yesterday saw announcements not only from the Berlinale (we’ve got links and synopses for the first round of titles lined up for the Competition here) but also from Rotterdam and Sundance.

Round Each Other in Dokkum

‘Round Each Other in Dokkum’

The IFFR will open on January 23 with Guido van Driel’s narrative feature debut, The Resurrection of a Bastard, based on his own graphic novel, Round Each Other in Dokkum. The festival’s also announced that it’s adding a new Competition, the Big Screen Award, with two prizes—both being distribution in the Benelux—one awarded by an Audience Jury, the other by the Dutch Circle of Film Critics (KNF). Also: “The Rotterdam FIPRESCI Jury, consisting of five international film journalists, will shift its focus from the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition to the first and second features brought together in the IFFR’s main section Bright Future.” But wait, there’s more: “Next to the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award (€30,000 for a European co-production) and the ARTE France Cinema Award (€7,000), CineMart adds a third prize to its roster: the WorldView New Genres Fund Development Award (€5,000).”

Sundance has added four titles to its 29th edition, including a newly struck preservation print of Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi (1993). The other three:

Sebastián Silva’s Magic Magic, with Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Augustín Silva, will screen as part of the Park City at Midnight program. The synopsis from the festival: “An American girl vacationing in remote Chile mentally unravels, putting herself and those around her in danger.”

Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalie’s Muscle Shoals, about the legendary FAME Studios, joins the other Documentary Premieres. “Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Gregg Allman, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono and others bear witness to the greatest untold American music story.”

And Quentin Dupieux’s Wrong Cops, with Mark Burnham, Marilyn Manson, Steve Little, and Eric Wareheim, has been added to the New Frontier lineup. “Imagine a Los Angeles where crime is so low that a bored cop sells drugs and harasses a teenager to pass the time. Shot in standalone chapters, as it is being financed, screened and released, watch the 45 minutes of crazy.” Chapter One (13 minutes) premiered at Cannes in May.

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