The 2010 Sundance Film Festival will screen the animated short horror film The Zo, written and directed by Glenda Wharton.
Also in the Sundance lineup are several sci-fi and fantasy movies directed by women, including Sara Elliassen's bleak and futuristic short Still Birds; Austrian filmmaker Pippilotti Rist's LSD-inspired riff on Pippi Longstocking called Pepperminta; Floria Sigismundi's rockumentary about the all-female rockers The Runaways; and Hotel director Jessica Hausner's fantastic drama Lourdes. Read on for details and trailers...
The Zo: USA (Director and Screenwriter: Glenda Wharton)-A hand-drawn animated film about abuse and escape, where a child becomes trapped in a nightmare house by a monster.
Still Birds / Norway (Director and Screenwriter: Sara Eliassen)-A dystopic fable that takes place in an enclosed world in which the last girl on earth who can speak is about to have her voice stolen by other jealous children.
Pepperminta / Austria, Switzerland (Director: Pipilotti Rist; Screenwriters: Pipilotti Rist, Chris Niemeyer)– A magical and visually stunning contemporary fantasy about a young woman with an anarchist imagination. Together with Pepperminta's best friends, colors and strawberries, she sets out to fight for a more humane world. Cast: Ewelina Guzik North American Premiere.
The Runaways / USA (Director and screenwriter: Floria Sigismondi)–In 1970s LA, a tough teenager named Joan Jett connects with an eccentric producer to form an all-girl band that would launch her career and make rock history. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Scout Taylor-Compton, Michael Shannon, Alia Shawkat, Tatum O'Neal. World Premiere
Lourdes / Austria, France, Germany (Director and Screenwriter: Jessica Hausner)–A woman in a wheelchair travels to Lourdes in an attempt to escape her isolation. Cast: Sylvie Testud, Léa Seydoux, Bruno Todeschini, Gilette Barbier, Gerhard Liebmann, Irma Wagner. U.S. Premiere