Sundance is without doubt one of the best film festivals in the US right now, but for us over here in far-flung Asia, it is also one of the most frustrating. Due to the overwhelming number of smaller indie films that debut at the fest, even the buzziest titles may struggle to find distribution in a tiny market like Hong Kong. Sure, last year we got Whiplash
, but only after it had already established itself as a major awards contender. My point being, it is with no small amount of joy and jubilation that I thank the makers for the Sundance Film Festival Hong Kong, which - now in its second year - has brought 11 of the biggest titles from this year's festival to our fair shores, courtesy of The Metroplex in Kowloon Bay, for a two-weekend "Best of the Fest" binge.
With each film screening twice between 17-27 September, Festival Director John Cooper and Director of Programming Trevor Groth both made the trip over to kick things off with a screening of Cystal Moselle's documentary The Wolfpack. A number of the filmmakers have also travelled to Hong Kong to present and hold Q&As about their films to highly appreciative audiences. Unfortunately, due to a grievous clash of schedules, I was unable to attend the star-studded opening weekend of festivities, but made it my personal duty to attend the second screenings of all 11 films screening, between 24-27 September.
You can check out my thoughts about each film, as well as reviews from other ScreenAnarchy teammates where applicable, in the gallery below.
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