Out-of-Competition Programs of 2008 Sundance Film Fest Announced


Out-of-Competition Programs of 2008 Sundance Film Fest Announced


Titles like "Savage Grace", "The Merry Gentleman", and "Smart People" will mark the Premieres sidebar while "Diary of the Dead" and "Funny Games" highlighting that of Park City at Midnight.

In its follow-up to the announcement of the movies-in-competition lineup for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute revealed Thursday, November 29 the full list of pictures screening in the out-of-competition sections of the ten-day event.

Lineup consists of 57 titles which are divided into four programs namely Premieres, Spectrum, New Frontier, and Park City at Midnight. The first one features 24 films in total with the second now being split between dramatic section and documentary spotlight.

"It is impossible to describe in one word the full tapestry of films presented in this year's Festival, particularly in the out-of-competition categories," Festival director Geoffrey Gilmore, commented. "In an enormously eclectic way these films reflect the role cinema can play as an international language transcending borders of class, race, culture, and religion."

As the one containing most features, the Premieres sidebar presents customary selection of movies featuring stars venturing outside the mainstream as well as by renowned directors doing work outside the big studios. Among them are "Savage Grace", "The Merry Gentleman", and "Smart People" with "The Great Buck Howard" being screened at the Salt Lake City Gala on January 18, 2008.

Other notable titles include "Blind Date", "August", and "Bottle Shock", which all round out the Spectrum's dramatic section. Meanwhile, those like George A. Romero's "Diary of the Dead", "Funny Games", and "Hell Ride" will highlight the Park City at Midnight slot in its offer of flicks that are likely to amuse, surprise, or shock the bleary-eyed viewers.

Read Sundance Institute's press release for the complete lineup of the out-of-competition programs. Festival will start on January 17, 2008 in Park City with Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges" as the opening feature and mark its closing night with the screening of Bernard Shakey's "CSNY Deja Vu" on January 26.

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