The Sundance Film Festival has an apparent record line-up of women directors competing for its top honour next month.
Half the entries – eight of the 16 films – in the festival’s US dramatic competition were directed by women. The next instalment of Robert Redford’s independent-cinema showcase runs from January 17 to 27 in Utah.
Going back to 1992, the best showing previously for women filmmakers was in 2000, when six of the 16 US dramatic contenders were directed by women.
Among the films from women filmmakers include: Francesca Gregorini’s Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, whose cast includes Jessica Biel and Frances O’Connor in the story of a troubled girl fixated on a mysterious neighbour, and Liz W Garcia’s The Lifeguard, with Kristen Bell as a reporter who moves home to Connecticut and takes a job as a lifeguard.
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