Q's BRAHMAN NAMAN in Sundance 2016 World Cinema Competition line up: Sundance announces line up

Q's BRAHMAN NAMAN in Sundance 2016 World Cinema Competition line up: Sundance announces line up news
R K S By R K S | 03 Dec 2015 12:48:18.5100000 IST

The Festival season has begun with the announcement by the Sundance Film Festival of the 65 films selected for the U.S. Competition, World Cinema Competition and out-of-competition NEXT category. The 2016 Sundance Film Festival runs through January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, USA.


The line-up includes BRAHMAN NAMAN (United Kingdom, India) directed by Q, and written by S. Ramachandran, in the World Cinema Competition category. It’s the story of ‘Bangalore University’s misfit quiz team that manages to get into the national championships and how they make an alcohol-fueled, cross-country journey to the competition, determined to defeat their arch-rivals from Calcutta while all desperately trying to lose their virginity.’ Cast includes Shashank Arora, Tanmay Dhanania, Chaitanya Varad, Vaiswath Shankar, Sindhu Sreenivasa Murthy, and Sid Mallya. It will be a world premiere of the film.

Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “From diverse backgrounds, places and perspectives, these independent artists are united by the power of their stories and vision. Their films will soon launch onto the global stage, beginning their journeys through our culture. A new year in independent film will start right here-on the mountain-in January.”

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, “At a time when big-budget blockbusters and free online content are ubiquitous, independent filmmakers continue to be extraordinarily creative, artful and inventive. Our mission remains to amplify these voices from outside the mainstream at the Festival and, through our year-round filmmaker Labs, programs and events, to celebrate their truly independent passion and spirit.”

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “Fueled by wild creativity, fresh perspectives and a deep understanding of the craft of storytelling, independent film is evolving. Our Festival continues to show that film has the power to inspire, challenge and surprise audiences in new ways.”

For the 2016 Festival, 120 feature-length films were selected, representing 37 countries and 48 first-time filmmakers, including 28 in competition. These films were selected from 12,793 submissions, including 4,081 feature-length films and 8,712 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 1,972 were from the U.S. and 2,109 were international. 98 feature films at the Festival will be world premieres.

More films are expected to be added later. Here is the line-up that has been revealed.

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION (16 – All World Premieres)
AS YOU ARE / U.S.A. (Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Screenwriters: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Madison Harrison)
THE BIRTH OF A NATION / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Nate Parker) CHRISTINE / U.S.A. (Director: Antonio Campos, Screenwriter: Craig Shilowich)
EQUITY / U.S.A. (Director: Meera Menon, Screenwriter: Amy Fox)
THE FREE WORLD / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jason Lew)
GOAT / U.S.A. (Director: Andrew Neel, Screenwriters: David Gordon Green, Andrew Neel, Michael Roberts)
THE INTERVENTION / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Clea DuVall)
JOSHY / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeff Baena)
LOVESONG / U.S.A. (Director: So Yong Kim, Screenwriters: So Yong Kim, Bradley Rust Gray) MORRIS FROM AM
ERICA / U.S.A., Germany (Director and screenwriter: Chad Hartigan)
OTHER PEOPLE / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Chris Kelly) DAY ONE FILM - OPENER
SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Richard Tanne)
SPA NIGHT / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Andrew Ahn)
SWISS ARMY MAN / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan)
TALLULAH / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Sian Heder)
WHITE GIRL / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Elizabeth Wood)

U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION (16 – All World Premieres)
AUDRIE & DAISY / U.S.A. (Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk)
AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY / U.S.A. (Director: Jeff Feuerzeig)
THE BAD KIDS / U.S.A. (Directors: Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe)
GLEASON / U.S.A. (Director: Clay Tweel)
HOLY HELL / U.S.A. (Director: undisclosed)
JIM / U.S.A. (Director: Brian Oakes)
KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE / U.S.A. (Director: Robert Greene)
KIKI / U.S.A., Sweden (Director: Sara Jordenö)
LIFE, Animated / U.S.A. (Director: Roger Ross Williams)
NEWTOWN / U.S.A. (Director: Kim A. Snyder)
NUTS! / U.S.A. (Director: Penny Lane)
SUITED / U.S.A. (Director: Jason Benjamin)
TRAPPED / U.S.A. (Director: Dawn Porter)
UNCLE HOWARD / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director: Aaron Brookner)
WEINER / U.S.A. (Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg)

BELGICA / Belgium, France, Netherlands (Director: Felix van Groeningen, Screenwriters: Felix van Groeningen, Arne Sierens) World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM - OPENER
BETWEEN SEA AND LAND / Colombia (Directors: Manolo Cruz, Carlos del Castillo, Screenwriter: Manolo Cruz) World Premiere
BRAHMAN NAMAN / United Kingdom, India (Director: Q, Screenwriter: S. Ramachandran) World Premiere
A GOOD WIFE / Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia (Director: Mirjana Karanovic, Screenwriters: Mirjana Karanovic, Stevan Filipovic, Darko Lungulov) World Premiere
HALAL LOVE (AND SEX) / Lebanon, Germany, United Arab Emirates (Director and screenwriter: Assad Fouladkar) International Premiere
THE LURE / Poland (Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska, Screenwriter: Robert Bolesto) International Premiere
MALE JOY, FEMALE LOVE / China (Director and screenwriter: Yao Huang) World Premiere
MAMMAL / Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands (Director: Rebecca Daly, Screenwriters: Rebecca Daly, Glenn Montgomery) World Premiere
MI AMIGA DEL PARQUE / Argentina, Uruguay (Director: Ana Katz, Screenwriters: Ana Katz, Inés Bortagaray) International Premiere
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING / Chile (Director: Alejandro Fernández, Screenwriters: Alejandro Fernández, Jerónimo Rodríguez) World Premiere
SAND STORM / Israel (Director and screenwriter: Elite Zexer) World Premiere
WILD / Germany (Director and screenwriter: Nicolette Krebitz) World Premiere

Eleven out of twelve are listed below, and the twelfth will be announced in the weeks ahead.
ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS / Poland (Director: Michal Marczak) World Premiere
A FLAG WITHOUT A COUNTRY / Iraq (Director: Bahman Ghobadi) North American Premiere
HOOLIGAN SPARROW / China, U.S.A. (Director: Nanfu Wang) World Premiere
THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED / Belgium (Director: Pieter-Jan De Pue) World Premiere
THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT / United Kingdom (Directors: Robert Cannan, Ross Adam) World Premiere
PLAZA DE LA SOLEDAD / Mexico (Director: Maya Goded) World Premiere
THE SETTLERS / France, Canada, Israel, Germany (Director: Shimon Dotan) World Premiere
SKY LADDER: THE ART OF CAI GUO-QIANG / U.S.A. (Director: Kevin Macdonald) World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM-OPENER
SONITA / Germany, Iran, Switzerland (Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami) North American Premiere
WE ARE X / United Kingdom, U.S.A., Japan (Director: Stephen Kijak) World Premiere
WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE / Peru (Directors: Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel) World Premiere

THE 4TH / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Andre Hyland) World Premiere
DARK NIGHT / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Tim Sutton) World Premiere
THE EYES OF MY MOTHER / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Nicolas Pesce) World Premiere
FIRST GIRL I LOVED / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kerem Sanga) World Premiere
THE FITS / U.S.A., Italy (Director: Anna Rose Holmer, Screenwriters: Anna Rose Holmer, Saela Davis, Lisa Kjerulff) North American Premiere
HOW TO TELL YOU'RE A DOUCHEBAG / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Tahir Jetter) World Premiere
JACQUELINE (ARGENTINE) / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Bernardo Britto) World Premiere
THE LAND / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Steven Caple Jr.) World Premiere
OPERATION AVALANCHE / U.S.A., Canada (Director: Matt Johnson, Screenwriters: Matt Johnson, Josh Boles) World Premiere
SLEIGHT / U.S.A. (Director: JD Dillard, Screenwriters: JD Dillard, Alex Theurer) World Premiere

(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)