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Redford opens Sundance

posted 17 Jan 2013, 16:34 by Mpelembe   [ updated 17 Jan 2013, 16:36 ]

Sundance Film Festival goers and Robert Redford talk film at the festival's opening day.

PARK CITYUTAHUNITED STATES (JANUARY 17, 2013) (REUTERS) -  Movie lovers were excited about the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival, despite trudging through snow in Park CityUtah on Thursday (January 17).

"If there's one film festival in the world you want to be at, it's probably Sundance," said film fan and Australian filmmaker David Bourke. "It's made from people who love film for film."

Movie executives and first-time directors will find tales of pornography and sex addiction awaiting them at this year's festival, in a trend to show more skin at Robert Redford's annual film showcase.

Showing in theaters alongside the Steve Jobs biopic "jOBS," festival goers can catch a movie about porn star Linda Lovelace, played by Amanda Seyfried in "Lovelace," and British soft porn publishing magnate Paul Raymond, played by Steve Coogan in Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love."

In its 35th year, the annual Sundance Film Festival has become a launch pad for low-budget films and unknown stars in films that need investors.

"What I found in this little mecca of paradise, is a can-do attitude," said festival volunteerNorris Streetman. "It's a creative attitude that I haven't found a lot of places. And that's what really changed me."

Co-founded in 1978 by actor-director Redford, this year's 119 films were culled from 12,000 submissions.

"As long as we go forward and we adapt to change, we keep in touch with our original purpose which is simply to support and develop new voices to be seen and heard and do whatever we can to promote them," said Redford, at the festival's opening press conference.

The ten-day festival, starting on January 17, showcases the films in competitions and low-key premieres that serve as an antidote to Hollywood's glittering awards season.


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