The Sundance Festival 2000 (20-30.1.2000) will present two films by German newcomer directors in its sidebar "World Cinema": GIGANTIC by Sebastian Schipper and OI! WARNING by Dominik and Benjamin Reding.
GIGANTIC, currently showing in German cinemas, is about three friends who decide to paint the town red one last time and pass between laughter and tears as their friendship turns them into giants for this one night (production company: X-Filme creative pool).
And OI! WARNING is also a story about the end of childhood: the film portrays in expressive black-and-white images the life of a boy searching for identity in a world where only masculinity counts (production company: Schlammtaucher-Film, Hamburg).
An invitation to this festival, which enjoys a cult status in the international film world, is a great sense of achievement for the young directors:
"I'm dancing in the sun and dead proud that Sundance, one of the most exciting and innovative film festivals in the world, will show GIGANTIC. Mega-gigantic!", enthuses Sebastian Schipper.
The twins Dominik and Benjamin Reding are similarly delighted: "Being invited to Sundance is for us an enormous recognition of our filmmaking and a strong encouragement to continue on the path of uncompromising, imaginative and innovative films".
Sundance will also feature the German-Austrian-Swiss-Russian-French coproduction LUNA PAPA by Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov (production company: Pandora, Cologne).
The Sundance Festival in Park City, Utah, is being held in 2000 for the 16th time. It is regarded as an extraordinarily important platform for independent filmmakers and producers; its programme is closely followed by American distributors and journalists. The sidebar "World Cinema" presents a selection of especially interesting international films; the competition is reserved for films which were majority-produced in the USA. The festival goes back to an initiative of the Sundance Institute which was founded by Robert Redford in 1981 together with other colleagues and friends to support the power of artistic expression in American cinema.
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