>The Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday released the titles of 118 features that it plans to screen at this year's 10-day edition beginning January 15 in Park City, UT. They were chosen from 1,905 submissions from U.S. independent filmmakers and 1,756 from abroad. Today's (Thursday) New York Times observed that the competition films "reflect an unusual tilt toward the emotional -- maybe even melodramatic -- side of independent cinema." It quoted festival director Geoffrey Gilmore as saying, "Audiences this year are going to be surprised. ... The range of emotions evoked by the films is going to be greater than in the past." Reporting on the planned Sundance offerings, the Times commented, "Alienation is out. Engagement is in."

04/12/2008