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Asif Kapadia's feature film ALI & NINO in 'Premiers' section of Sundance 2016 final line up

December 8, 2015 1:18:24 PM IST
By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Glamsham Editorial
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2016 Sundance Film Festival has completed its feature film lineup for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with the highly anticipated narratives, documentaries, episodic work and events in the Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Spotlight, Sundance Kids and Special Events sections. The Festival takes place January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Ogden, Utah.


The Indian origin British filmmaker Asif Kapadia's feature film ALI & NINO joins the ‘Premiers' line up. It's a film about a Muslim prince Ali and Georgian aristocrat Nino who have grown up in the Russian province of Azerbaijan. Their tragic love story sees the outbreak of the First World War and the world's struggle for Baku's oil. The cast includes Adam Bakri, Maria Valverde, Mandy Patinkin, Connie Nielsen, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Homayoun Ershadi.

Selections for the U.S. and World Competitions, NEXT, Midnight and New Frontier sections have already been announced. An announcement of the Short Film Program is yet to take place.


A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.

AGNUS DEI / France, Poland (Director: Anne Fontaine, Screenwriters: Sabrina N. Karine, Alice Vial, Pascal Bonitzer) World Premiere
ALI & NINO / United Kingdom (Director: Asif Kapadia, Screenwriter: Christopher Hampton) World Premiere
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Matt Ross) World Premiere
CERTAIN WOMEN / U.S.A. (Director: Kelly Reichardt, Screenwriter: Kelly Reichardt based on stories by Maile Meloy) World Premiere
COMPLETE UNKNOWN / U.S.A. (Director: Joshua Marston, Screenwriters: Joshua Marston, Julian Sheppard) World Premiere
FRANK & LOLA / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Matthew Ross) World Premiere
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Rob Burnett) World Premiere. CLOSING NIGHT FILM
THE HOLLARS / U.S.A. (Director: John Krasinski, Screenwriter: Jim Strouse) World Premiere
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE / New Zealand (Director and screenwriter: Taika Waititi) World Premiere
INDIGNATION / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: James Schamus) World Premiere
LITTLE MEN / U.S.A. (Director: Ira Sachs, Screenwriter: Mauricio Zacharias) World Premiere
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP / Ireland, France, Netherlands (Director and screenwriter: Whit Stillman) World Premiere
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kenneth Lonergan) World Premiere
MR. PIG / Mexico (Director: Diego Luna, Screenwriters: Augusto Mendoza, Diego Luna) World Premiere
SING STREET / Ireland (Director and screenwriter: John Carney) World Premiere
SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Maggie Greenwald) World Premiere. SALT LAKE CITY GALA FILM
WIENER-DOG / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Todd Solondz) World Premiere


Renowned filmmakers and films about far-reaching subjects comprise this section highlighting our ongoing commitment to documentaries.

EAT THAT QUESTION-FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS / France, Germany (Director: Thorsten Schütte) World Premiere
FILM HAWK / U.S.A. (Directors: JJ Garvine, Tai Parquet) World Premiere
LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD / U.S.A. (Director: Werner Herzog) World Premiere
MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES / U.S.A. (Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato) World Premiere
MAYA ANGELOU AND STILL I RISE / U.S.A. (Directors: Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack) World Premiere
NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU / U.S.A. (Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady) World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM
RESILIENCE / U.S.A. (Director: James Redford) World Premiere
RICHARD LINKLATER—DREAM IS DESTINY / U.S.A. (Directors: Louis Black, Karen Bernstein) World Premiere
UNDER THE GUN / U.S.A. (Director: Stephanie Soechtig) World Premiere
UNLOCKING THE CAGE / U.S.A. (Directors: Chris Hegedus, Donn Alan Pennebaker) -World Premiere


Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, the Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love.

CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR / Thailand (Director and screenwriter: Apichatpong Weerasethakull)
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT / Colombia (Director: Ciro Guerra, Screenwriters: Ciro Guerra, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal)
GREEN ROOM / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier)
LAND OF MINE / Denmark (Director and screenwriter: Martin Zandvliet) U.S. Premiere
THE LOBSTER / Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, France (Director: Yorgos Lanthimos, Screenwriters: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou)
MAGGIE'S PLAN / U.S.A. (Director: Rebecca Miller, Screenwriters: Rebecca Miller, based on a story by Karen Rinaldi)
MILES AHEAD / U.S.A. (Director: Don Cheadle, Screenwriters: Don Cheadle, Steven Baigelman).
RAMS / Iceland (Director and screenwriter: Grímur Hákonarson)
VIVA / Ireland (Director: Paddy Breathnach, Screenwriter: Mark O'Halloran) Perugorría, Luis Alberto García.


This section of the Festival is especially for our youngest independent film fans. Programmed in cooperation with Utah Film Center which presents the annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival, Utah's premiere film festival for children and youth.

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS / U.S.A. (Director: Otto Bell) World Premiere
LITTLE GANGSTER / Netherlands (Director: Arne Toonen, Screenwriter: Lotte Tabbers) North American Premiere
SNOWTIME! / Canada (Directors: Jean-François Pouliot, François Brisson, Screenwriters: Normand Canac-Marquis, Paul Risacher) North American Premiere


One-of-a-kind moments highlighting new independent works that add to the unique Festival experience. An evolving section, this year includes episodic work, short films and live post-screening discussions.

11.22.63 / U.S.A. (Director: Kevin Macdonald, Screenwriter: Bridget Carpenter, Executive Producers: J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Kevin Macdonald, Bridget Carpenter, Bryan Burk) World Premiere
BEHIND THE SCENES OF ANOMALISA / U.S.A. (Directors: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Screenwriter: Charlie Kaufman)
CHELSEA DOES / U.S.A. (Director: Eddie Schmidt) World Premiere
THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Lodge Kerrigan, Amy Seimetz, Executive Producers: Steven Soderbergh, Philip Fleishman, Lodge Kerrigan, Amy Seimetz, Gary Marcus, Jeff Cuban) World Premiere
THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS / U.S.A. (Executive Producers: Alex Gibney, Kahane Cooperman, Showrunner: Kahane Cooperman) World Premiere
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA / U.S.A. (Director: Ezra Edelman) World Premiere
THE SKINNY / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jessie Kahnweiler) World Premiere
UNITED SHADES OF AMERICA / U.S.A. (Executive Producers: Jimmy Fox, W. Kamau Bell, Star Price) World Premiere

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