I haven’t had time to write more than one review in the last 48 hours, which is a big problem because it means that I have a handful of films to write up in the next couple hours or I’ll be two or three days behind. The biggest problem with Sundance is that there isn’t enough time. You’re either seeing movies or partying or both and sleep and everything else gets consolidated into a space which is too small to really mean anything. And it doesn’t help that I’ve been sick the last two days. So I’m going to try to keep some of these short.
Alexis Dos Santos made a splash with his debut indie feature Glue, and Unmade Beds is his follow-up. A quirky story that follows the stories of Axl and Vera, both of whom live in a London warehouse together, although their paths never cross until fate deems it necessary.
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It is easy to get lost looking at the 118 feature-length films in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival catalog. I know I usually become fixated on the U.S. Dramatic Competition, Premieres and American Spectrum selections, and I have often been criticized for my lack of international film coverage. So as Sundance nears on the horizon, I thought I’d include a couple not so typical films in the mix of previews. Sure, everyone is going to cover Big Fan or Adventureland, but what about the next Once or Eagle vs. Shark?
Alexis Dos Santos‘ debut film Glue played at many film festivals domestically and internationally in 2006, but pretty much flew under the radar of mainstream America. His new film, Unmade Beds premieres in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition. The film is described by Sundance programmer Caroline Libresco as “startlingly visceral and original” and “a rhythmic stream-of-consciousness mood collage”.
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