Good Canadian film presence at Sundance ’07

(Canscene) — Two of the most talked-of films shown at last years’ Toronto International Film Festival are among the contingent of Canadian Productions to be shown at the 2007 Sundance Festival

Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, one of America’s most socially conscious actors, to focus interest on independent film makers, Sundance has become one of North America’s most influential annual film industry events.

Canadian filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal’s riveting essay on photographer Edward Burtynsky, Manufactured Landscapes will compete in the documentary category of the festival.

Baichwal, an acclaimed documentarian, won the Toronto: City Award for best Canadian feature film for Manufactured Landscapes at the ‘06 TIFF. The film will vie for Sundance’s world documentary prize against 15 films hailing from South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

The phenomenal career of Sarah Polley, 27 from child to adult actor to director has resulted in Away from Her, a moving, compassionate drama which also premiered at TIFF ‘06. Beautifully acted by Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent, is considered a leading contender in the dramatic feature category.

Other Canadian productions in the running in the dramatic category include How She Move, about a high school girl who becomes involved in step-dancing, and Rêves de Poussière (Dreams of Dust), a Burkina Faso-Canada-France co-production about a Nigerian peasant looking for new work in a dusty gold mine and hoping to forget his past. S. Wyeth Clarkson’s Sk8 Life and the Toronto film fest zombie hit Fido, directed by Andrew Currie will also be screened.

The current edition runs Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Sundance, Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah.

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