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Robert Redford’s Inaugural Sundance London Programs 14 Movies Including ‘Two Days In New York’

Jojo Whilden

British capital event aims to offer audiences the pick of the Sundance Film Festival’s lineup earlier this year.

LONDON – Robert Redford is serious about bringing the Sundance Film Festival independent movie ethos to a global audiences and sees Sundance London as a major move.

The inaugural British event, held at the sprawling O2 leisure complex over four days in April 2012, will play host to 14 hand-picked titles from Sundance’s lineup in January 2012 in Utah.

The titles selected to unspool in London include Julie Delpy’s Two Days In New York with Delpy and Chris Rock, glacier-melting documentary Chasing Ice directed by Jeff Orlowski and Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts, starring writer director Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen.

Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and the Utah-set event’s director of programming Trevor Groth told THR Redford’s aim is “to create more opportunity for independent films and filmmakers” and Sundance London.

Despite the daunting prospect of making noise with a start-up event in a city gearing up to host the summer Olympic games, Cooper and Groth have assembled the eclectic program of 14 titles to play alongside various music events under the banner.

“We definitely wanted to strike an equal balance between documentary filmmaking and fiction titles, as we do in Sundance, and we also wanted to bring representative films from our sections such as the new frontier strand we have,” Cooper said.

The festival programmers have also included Sundance’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting award winner Safety Not Guaranteed, penned by Derek Connolly and directed by Colin Trevorrow, about a trio of magazine employees who investigate a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel.

Youssef Delara and Michael D. OlmosFilly Brown, a hip-hop drama about a Mexican girl whose mother winds up in jail, starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Gina Rodriguez is on screening list alongside Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush’s hunger in America crisis doc Finding North featuring original music by T Bone Burnett, The House I Live In, the Sundance 2012 U.S. documentary grand jury prize winner about drugs in America and Luv, a drama about an 11-year-old boy on the streets of Baltimore directed by Sheldon Candis and written by Candis and Justin Wilson.

And it’s not all about film with Sundance London also featuring music events with performances by musician, producer and actor Tricky and band Placebo jostling for attention alongside the event’s opening night bill featuring a scheduled on stage discussion between Redford and Burnett on the relationship between film and music.

Redford, wearing his official hat as president and founder of Sundance Institute, said: “Sundance London also is the perfect opportunity to continue our long-time commitment to growing a broader international community around new voices and new perspectives.”

Other films arriving in London from Sundance will be Ry Russo-Young’s John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby starring drama Nobody Walks, Terence Nance’s live action and animation mix An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Sundance directing nod winner Lauren Greenfield’s The Queen of Versailles, Shut Up And Play The Hits, a film which follows LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy over a 48 hour period and Joe Berlinger’s Paul Simon music documentary Under African Skies, an exploration of the musician’s journey back to South Africa where he made and recorded Graceland.

The last film added to the 14-strong line-up is So Yong Kim’s For Ellen, a drama about a struggling musician who takes to the road overnight to track down his estranged wife and fight for the custody of his young daughter.

Redford is scheduled to attend the entire event, which runs April 26 through 29.