Sun gone down on Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival?

Article published on Jan. 18, 2008
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Article published on Jan. 18, 2008
El Baile del SolOn 17 January 2008, far away in a hidden resort town in the mountains of Utah, the 24th annual edition of the Sundance Film Festival started. For many it's a cinematographic oasis in a creative American desert, a light in the murk of those events in American cinema (i.e. Oscars, Golden Globes and other run-of-the-board ceremonies

For others, the festival isn't what it used to be. Many think that frustrated attempts at independent film will be shown during its ten days, kicking off with selected festival opener . It's the first feature film by 2005 Oscar-winner , starring Ralph Fiennes and Colin Farrell as two London hitmen sent to the Belgian Flemish city by their boss to 'cool down' after a manic job. Here's a short demonstration of why this festival has lost its edgeIn BrugesMartin McDonagh

In 2008, more than 3, 600 films competed to be shown in Sundance, adding to the opinion that the festival is missing that essence of independence with which it was born in 1978. Film historian Peter Biskind, author of , recently told the press: ''I don't enjoy the festival any more, it's just too big.' Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)

The festival is famed for having discovered talents such as current jury member Quentin Tarantino, who premiered his incredible there in 1992. Here's one of the best scenes from the film – compare it to the previous one we selected for you aboveReservoir Dogs

2007 Sundance winner was Mexican-immigrant saga ('Our Father'). Can the level be upped this year?Padre Nuestro

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Translation: Nabeelah Shabbir