Sundance Film Festival Focus on Iconic Films


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ENSPIRE Contributor: Bailey Chambers

This year, The Sundance Film Festival turns 44. Vibrant new voices in cinema, iconic films, and exclusive highlights are up for viewing. Some films to look forward to include Tarnation, But I’m a Cheerleader, Gook, Chuck & Buck, The Visitor, and Whirlybird. These are just a few of the breakout films from one of the most influential film festivals in the world. Two films from Sundance ‘21, Luzzu and Taming the Garden, are making their exclusive streaming premiere on MUBI.

Alex Camilleri’s compelling neorealist debut, Luzzu, premiered at the festival in 2021. It was an absolute standout. The storyline’s protagonist, Jesmark, is a struggling fisherman on the island of Malta. He must risk it all to provide for his new family in the world of black market fishing.

Still shot from film, Luzzu

Taming the Garden, by Salomé Jashi, is a must-see to be believed documentary. The film showcases a former prime minister who has a bizarre hobby of collecting trees along the country’s coastline. 

Jonathan Caouette builds his part documentary, part narrative fiction, Tarnation, out of hundreds of hours of old Super 8 footage, VHS videotape, photographs, and dramatic reenactments to tell his heart-wrenching family story of reconnecting with his distant mother.

Still shot from film, Tarnation

As part of Spotlight on Sundance, Whirlybird observes partners Marika Gerrard and Zoey Tur. The pair reports the news from a helicopter above Los Angeles. Their endeavors include the 1992 riots, as well as O. J. Simpson’s attempted escape from authorities. This film depicts how insatiable the desire for breaking news like this can only happen in America.

In But I’m a Cheerleader, a high school senior Megan is an all-American cheerleader with a football player boyfriend. Her entire existence is turned upside-down when her family suspects her to be a lesbian. They retaliated by sending her to a rehabilitation camp. There, she comes to question her own sexuality in this iconic ‘90s LGBT classic.

Still shot from film, But I’m a Cheerleader

Gook is a dramedy about two Korean-American brothers. The siblings have to defend their family’s shoe store, all while examining their own dreams and the meaning of family during the first day of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.

Check out these wonderful, iconic films on MUBI to celebrate Sundance Film Festival’s 44th year.

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