Welcome to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. We’re beaming to you LIVE from Park City, Utah. Make sure to check back here every day. Each morning we’ll have the lowdown on the buzziest premieres and make sure you’re up-to-date on all of the biggest stories coming out of the festival. Tonight they’re kicking off the Festival with four kick-ass premieres. We’ve got a documentary “starring” Gael García Bernal, a modern take on traditional marriage from a festival alum, Michael Cera tripping on some hallucinogenic cactus and a deep dive into the lives of backup singers.
Gael Garcia Bernal
Two very different takes on a similar dilemma headline our choices this week, followed by a lighthearted coming-of-age comedy as only the Brits know how to make them.
Photo Credit: Listal
The tangled love triangle is such a cinematic trope that we could probably put together a list for every year (or a list of Top 10 love triangles with bad ’80s haircuts… or Top 10 love triangles starring Reese Witherspoon…). We decided to limit this list to love-triangle films we actually enjoyed (and not in a guilty-pleasure kind of way) — which is why you won’t find the Bella-Edward-Jacob affair here, despite the ubiquity of “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” merchandise. Same goes for PEARL HARBOR (2001), which attempted to make the love triangle a heroic response to war; or WILD THINGS (1995), which accessorized the love triangle with hot tubs and champagne (and was really more of a lust triangle, anyway); or INDECENT PROPOSAL (1993), which theorized the love triangle as a financial and real estate decision; or MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING (1997), which was a terrible movie despite championing off-key karaoke.
This week we’ve got quite the collection of leading men gallavanting across Sundance Channel. And there is something for everyone, whether you’re a Russell Crowe type or a Gael García Bernal fan.
I was licking my chops as I headed into the premiere of Rudo y Cursi–reuniting Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. And so was the rest of the audience. What talent! This is the very first venture from Cha Cha Cha, the production company formed by Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
It’s hard enough to leave sunny Los Angeles for freezing Park City but this year, I’m just back from the tropical warmth of Hawaii. I don’t expect much sympathy but still, can you concede that it’s a shock to the system? Shorts and tee shirts are out of the suitcase; long johns and unflattering outerwear…