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Sundance Festival: 2 Filmstiftung-backed documentaries in competition

  • The Cleaners“ by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck
  • A Woman Captured“ by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
  • 34th Sundance Film Festival from 18 – 28 January in Park City/Utah

Tomorrow will see the official opening of the 34th Sundance Film Festival in Utah and the documentaries „The Cleaners“ and „A Woman Captured“, both backed by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, have been invited to screen in the „World Cinema Documentary“ competition.

About the films

The Cleaners“
„The Cleaners“ was produced by gebrüder beetz filmproduktion and is a co-production with Grifa Filmes Brazil, WDR, Arte and 15 other international TV stations. The documentary was backed by the Filmstiftung NRW and Creative Europe MEDIA and will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. „The Cleaners“ is a journey into a shadow industry. The film goes directly to the heart of digital censorship – to the place where the Internet must be „purged“ of violence, pornography and political content. Who is controlling what we see and what we think?

A Woman Captured“
„A Woman Captured“ is a Hungarian-German co-production by Éclipse Film and Corso Film and had its world premiere in the Main Competition of the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. The Filmstiftung supported the documentary’s postproduction. Countless people are living around the world as modern slaves under appalling conditions. Marish is one of them. She works in Budapest for a family who treats her like a serf and deprives her of all her rights and identity. One day, Marish can’t bear it any longer and takes a momentous decision.

Sundance Film Festival
The 34th Sundance Film Festival is being held in Park City, Utah from 18 to 28 January, 2018. The North American festival is one of the most important in the independent sphere and is organised by the Sundance Institute which was co-founded by Robert Redford in 1981. It serves as a springboard, in particular, for up-and-coming filmmakers in the field of independent film. Filmstiftung-backed films are regularly invited to the Sundance Film Festival. For example, last year saw „My Happy Family“ by Nana&Simon having its premiere there, and „Wild“ by Nicolette Krebitz screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition in 2016. The documentary „Sonita“ by the Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami won the Audience Award and the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary in 2016.

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