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Sundance Film Festival: Rooney Mara, Quvenzhane Wallis among featured stars
The Sundance Film Festival, a 10-day independent fest that showcases new work from some of the brightest talents in dramatic and documentary film, kicks off today. Held annually in Park City, Utah, it's one of the country’s largest and most prestigious film fests, and this year’s event includes actors with ties to the Hudson Valley.
Rooney Mara, who was raised in Bedford, has two films at Sundance. Along with Casey Affleck, she stars in “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” a movie about a young couple who have a “Bonnie & Clyde”-esque relationship that's complicated by the birth of their daughter. She also serves as co-producer of “Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes,” a comedy about a teenager who bonds with a woman who resembles her late mother.
Mount Kisco native Danny Burstein stars in “Milkshake,” a comedy about a suburban teenage boy who yearns to be black. And 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, the Oscar-nominated star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” directed by former Hastings resident Benh Zeitlin, stars in a short film called “Boneshaker.”
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Now nominated for four Academy Awards, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” premiered at 2012’s Sundance Film Festival and went on to win two awards, including the Grand Jury Prize. Since then, in addition to its Oscar nominations it also has earned more than 100 awards and nominations, including the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
To capitalize on renewed interest in the film, Fox Searchlight is re-releasing “Beasts” into theaters Friday in major cities across the country, including the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. For more info on where the film is screening, visit the film's website. “Beasts” is also available on DVD, Blu-Ray and instant streaming.