More European productions are heading to American soil for Slamdance
– Utah’s Slamdance Film Festival will feature European productions through its 2022 lineup, including the main competition, and an innovative section for digital, interactive and game works
Snow White dies at the end by Kristijan Risteki
After the announcement by the Sundance Film Festival (read the news), other European productions should soon be released on American soil. The Slamdance Film Festival returns to Park City, Utah, where its 28e edition will run alongside Sundance as a physical event from January 20-23, 2022, while also running as a virtual gathering from January 20 to 30.
“We are anti-algorithms. It has always been true, but it is more urgent than ever as we continue to celebrate truly unique voices that challenge simple classification and transcend analysis, ”said President and Co-Founder of Slamdance. Peter Baxter. “This year our programmers have turned to films that embody the true DIY spirit of guerrilla cinema and push the boundaries of what’s possible in storytelling. The Slamdance team are honored to present each of these storytellers, who change the media narrative and elevate the art form of independent film. All of the films in competition, chosen from over 1,124 nominations, are top directors without US distribution and with budgets of less than $ 1 million.
“This year, the committee has chosen to present three EU debut feature films. Poland Love Tasting [+see also:
film profile] through David nickel is a moving LGBTQI + tale of coming of age, that of North Macedonia Snow White dies at the end through Kristijan Risteki is a whimsical, multi-narrative film, and the Spanish title Ultrainnocence through Manuel Arija de la Cuerda is an absurd tale of space travel. The three films show how European cinema offers distinct and remarkable independent visions of the end and the beginning of eras ”, Mila Zuo, co-captain of the programming of narrative feature films, explained to Cineuropa. Polish cinema will also be represented, in the feature documentary competition, by Krzysztof Kasior‘s Fury, a portrait of Aleksandra Rola, a Polish MMA champion with a complicated past.
“European independent cinema has always been daring, especially from established European authors. What we’ve seen over the last few years in Slamdance’s submissions and selections is a marked increase in young debuts and sophomore efforts from young filmmakers with a distinct vision who take big risks in their storytelling. This year, we can see it in Kristijan Risteki’s film Snow white dies at the ends, from North Macedonia, and Frauke Havemann‘s I’ll be right back, of Germany,” Paul Rachman, co-conspirator of Slamdance and co-captain of Breakouts, told Cineuropa. In addition, the Department of Anarchy section will host an array of European films, including Kate mcmullen‘s Little Berlin, a German film in which real stories of concert workers mingle with the novel by Neal Stephenson Snow accident; the Belgian retrofuturist reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe The mask of the red death; and the British effort What is my name? through Arthur studholme.
The innovative DIG section, a showcase of digital, interactive and fun works, will present the works of several independent European artists, including Tomasz stankiewicz‘s of the maharaja VSchildren. Courageous Bunch in india; Sam Cranethe staging of Shakespeare inside Grand Theft Auto, We are things like dreams are made; and the German narrative game Harold Halibut, about life on a city-sized spaceship submerged in an alien ocean, among other things.
The full lineup for the 2022 slamdance hybrid film festival is available here.