Mary and Max to Open 25th Sundance Film Festival

The opening night film at the Sundance Film Festival is usually a film which might otherwise be overlooked in the extensive festival line-up. For some years this has meant a documentary, and for others this has meant into a not easily categorized genre-mash like In Bruges.

This year’s film is a feature-length clay animated film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette. And while at first glance, this year’s selection seems a bit odd, it’s the perfect representation of what Sundance is all about. In a day of computer animation and 3D films, the clay animated feature film is now the Hollywood outcast.

Academy Award-winning short filmmaker Adam Elliot makes his directorial debut with Mary and Max, a story based on the director’s own pen-friendship, which lasted over twenty years. Mary and Max is the tale of two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. Read the full press release after the jump.
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