The 15 Sundance titles are the first feature-length festival films
from the AVD’s Film Festival Stars Program to stream on Prime Video
Amazon Video Direct to extend Film Festival Stars—the program that
brings high quality independent film to Prime Video audiences—to the
2018 Sundance Film Festival
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 1, 2017--
(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced the official selections from the
2017 Sundance Film Festival are now available on Amazon Prime Video. The
collection of 15 films are made available through the Amazon Video
Direct Film Festival Stars (FFS) program that is designed to establish
an attractive distribution model for films screened at film festivals
that either don’t secure theatrical distribution deals or are looking
for distribution options after a theatrical release. The official
selections from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival currently streaming
include Manifesto starring Cate Blanchett, Alfred P. Sloan
Foundation Feature Film Prize winner Marjorie Prime, and Special
Jury Award for Cinematic Vision, Free and Easy. These films
enjoyed robust distribution strategies throughout the year, including
award-winning festival and theatrical runs, and are now available in the
U.S. with select titles available in additional territories.
“Amazon Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program accelerates the
career of deserving films, elevating cinematic curation into a galvanic
connection with audiences who might never have discovered them,” said
Richard Lorber, President and CEO of Kino Lorber, Inc. “It’s an
innovative strategy that allows specialty film distributors like us to
amplify support for the worthiest films—not only with additional
financial backing, but unparalleled outreach only an amazing entity like
Amazon can provide. I don’t know what genius dreamed this up, but we at
Kino Lorber are enthusiastically participating—proud to be populating
the Film Festival Stars roster with many of our most important releases.”
“We launched the Film Festival Stars Program at Sundance earlier this
year because we heard from our customers they love watching independent
films,” said Eric Orme, Head of Amazon Video Direct. “So far in 2017,
FFS has secured the streaming rights to 76 feature films that we’re
confident will thrill and delight our customers. These films appear
alongside other great festival films already available on the service,
including Amazon Studios’ The Big Sick. We’ll be extending Film
Festival Stars to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with an emphasis on
global distribution and enhanced bonuses for filmmakers, and look
forward to seeing the great films we’ll be able to bring exclusively to
Years – available worldwide
From a historic genocide trial to the ousting of a president, director
Pamela Yates tells the sweeping story of mounting resistance in
Guatemala through the eyes of the majority indigenous Mayan population,
who now stand poised to reimagine their society.
Overkill – available in the U.S. and Canada
In Axolotl Overkill, 16-year-old Mifti is a beautiful and
reckless young girl. Her mother is dead, and her wealthy, eccentric
father is too self-absorbed to be responsible for her. Mifti has no use
for peers her own age, and being aware of the sexual power she wields
with her looks and youth, she immerses herself in a world of adults of
questionable character. Lovesick over an elusive older woman, she
strikes up a friendship with Ophelia, an actress, and together they test
the limits through Berlin nightlife and extreme partying.
Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl! – available in the U.S. and
The film follows Joca, a 13-year-old Brazilian boy, and Basano La
Tatuada, a Paraguayan indigenous girl, living on the border between the
two countries, marked by the waters of the Rio Apa. Joca is in love with
Basano and wants to do everything to win her love.
Life – available in the U.S.
In Family Life, a young man spends a few weeks housekeeping for a
relatively distant relative and enjoys taking over the comfort of their
lives in Santiago. Soon, he meets a cute neighbor and starts pretending
for his personal benefit.
And Easy – Special Jury Award for Cinematic Vision – available
in the U.S. and Canada
When a traveling soap salesman arrives in a desolate Chinese town, a
crime occurs, and sets the strange residents against each other with
– Sundance Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography – available
in the U.S. and Canada
Director Rahul Jain presents an intimate, observantly portrayal of the
rhythm of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India.
Moving through the corridors and bowels of the enormous and
disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a journey to a
place of dehumanizing physical labor and intense hardship, provoking
cause for thought about persistent pre-industrial working conditions and
the huge divide between first world and developing countries.
– available in the U.S. and Canada
In the film, Actress Cate Blanchett portrays 13 distinct characters in
vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos—among them a school
teacher, a puppeteer, a newsreader, a factory worker and a homeless man.
Director Julian Rosefeldt draws on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists,
Supremacists, Situtationists, and other artist groups, and the musings
of individual artists, architects, dancers and filmmakers to create Manifesto.
Prime – Sundance Film Festival’s Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Feature Film Prize – available in the U.S.
Set in the near future, Michael Almereyda’s sci-fi pic Marjorie Prime,
is based on Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-nominated play exploring memory,
identity, love and loss. 86-year-old Marjorie has a handsome new
companion who looks like her deceased husband and is programmed to feed
the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what
would we forget, if given the chance?
– World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award – available in the
U.S. and Canada
Motherland is set at one of the world’s largest and busiest
maternity hospitals in the Philippines. Ramona S. Diaz’s film follows
three women as they navigate through the severe conditions of giving
birth there — from jam-packed delivery rooms to overflowing corridors
where babies are misplaced and then found.
China – available worldwide
Plastic China captures a plaintive sense of the human casualties
from unfettered global consumerism. The gently observed portrait of
families toiling at a plastic recycling factory in Shandong builds into
a damning commentary on a modern China marked by extreme divides in
wealth and opportunity.
Aye – World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for screenwriting
– available in the U.S. and Canada
On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost
elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a
journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up
The Indians Who Rocked the World – World Cinema Documentary
Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling – available in the U.S.
This powerful documentary about the role of Native Americans in
contemporary music history features some of the greatest music stars of
our time—Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse
Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo. The
film exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing how indigenous
musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives and, through their
contributions, influenced popular culture.
en otro idioma (I Dream in Another Language) – World
Dramatic Audience Award – available in the U.S. and Canada
When a language dies, a unique vision of the world is lost forever. In I
Dream in Another Language, a linguist arrives in a small jungle
settlement hoping to record a conversation between two elderly men, the
last two remaining speakers of the Zikril language. Unfortunately for
him, the men are feuding and haven't spoken to each other in 50 years.
Good Postman – available in the U.S. and Canada
On the eastern edge of Bulgaria, bordering Turkey, amid wizened orchards
and an ancient patchwork of farmlands, sits a poor and sleepy hamlet
that time seems to have forgotten. Despite the sparse population of
silver-haired citizens wistful for the brighter days of communism,
democracy is in full force as the village prepares in earnest for its
mayoral election. Meanwhile, an endless train of Syrian refugees bound
for Europe silently traipses through the rural terrain, visible through
the binoculars of one gentle and taciturn candidate, the good postman.
Without End (No Reported Incidents) – available in the
Known for decades as a visual poet, filmmaker Jem Cohen has captured
various corners of the world with a perceptive eye in World Without
End (No Reported Incidents). Often filming by himself, Cohen takes a
camera (16mm film, and more recently, video) and walks on the street
like a modern-day Walker Evans, capturing images of people and
landscapes in our smallest moments—everyday faces, vacant street
corners, trinkets in windows, all the things we might see sitting on the
bus and wish we could see again in a film.
Returning to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the Amazon Video Direct
Film Festival Stars program will emphasize global distribution, with
enhanced bonus payments being paid for worldwide rights, as AVD aims to
support overall Prime Video global growth.
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Fire TV, mobile devices, and online at www.amazon.com/primevideo.
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