Piers Marchant reports from Sundance, Day OneJanuary 26, 2015
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By Piers Marchant for blood,dirt & angels
Sundance: Day 1
Number of Films: 1
General Vibe: Intrigued but unsatisfied
The Summer of Sangaile: So, it turns out Sundance does a humanely decent thing on the opening day of the festival: They start their program in the early evening, and only offer four films for press perusal, giving everyone a chance to catch their breath and settle in before the madness truly descends. The first film of the fest, therefore, was this lesbian coming-of-age affair from Lithuanian director Alanté Kavaïté. The film follows the eventual maturation of a beautiful but prickly 17-year-old girl (Aiste Dirzuite) who yearns to fly single prop stunt planes but suffers from both vertigo and the kind of general ennui that leads her to cut herself with the spikes of a gleaming math compass. That is until she meets a sweet-faced young woman interested in fashion, and the two embark on a sensual affair that ultimately sets Sangaile free of her various burdens. Gorgeous to look at, but ultimately kind of trite, the film’s dreamy imagery from DP Dominique Colin can only partially cover for the facile manner in which Kavaïté’s characters learn their life lessons and overcome their fears. Love is grand, but it usually comes with a bit more of a price.
Tomorrow: The fest begins in earnest, with intriguing sounding films from the likes of Roger Eggers (The Witch), Kornél Mundruczó (White God), Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah), and Nikole Beckwith (Stockholm, PA).
Into the frigid climes and rarefied thin air of the spectacular Utah Mountains, I’ve arrived in order to document some of the sense and senselessness of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Over the next week, armed with little more than a heavy parka and a bevy of blank reporter’s notebooks, I’ll endeavor to watch as many movies as I can and report my findings.