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Sundance Film Festival announces 2013 competition lineup, focuses on stories about women

By Daniel S Levine,

Sundance Film Festival organizers announced the in-competition lineup for the 2013 festival and it is noticeably dominated by stories on women. It also features a record-number of female directors.

Reuters notes that more than half of the 113 feature-length films and documentaries cover stories of women, including several that explore their sexual relationships.

“There are a lot of women's stories, and interestingly enough, a lot of those stories exploring sexual relationships,” festival programer Trevor Groth told Reuters. “We have had some over the years that have been from a male gaze looking at sexual politics and sexual relationships, but this year we have got a wave of films doing that from a female perspective, which is intriguing and exciting.”

Some of the films in competition include Afternoon Delight, about a Los Angeles housewife who cares for a stripper; Concussion, which centers on a woman in a lesbian relationship who decides to change her life and become a call girl; The Lifeguard, about a New York reporter who moves back to Connecticut.

There are 16 films in the dramatic category, eight of which were directed by women, a record, notes The BBC. The festival’s John Cooper called it a “coming-up-through-the-ranks situation” as more female directors decide to move from shorts to feature-length projects.

There will be some familiar faces in several films, with Daniel Radcliffe starring in Kill Your Darlings. Kristen Bell stars in The Lifeguard and Ellen Page appears in Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely.

Documentaries include Pussy Riot -- A Punk Prayer, which centers on the controversial Russian band and Google and the World Brain, which focuses on the search engine giant’s efforts to build an online library. The Occupy Wall Street movement is the focus of 99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film.

You can check out the full list of selections at Sundance.org. The annual festival is held in Park City, Utah. Next year, it runs from Jan. 17-27.

This year, Beats of the Southern Wild won the top jury prize.

 

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