5 in 5: Sundance Film Festival & EIFF

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Sundance Film Festival is currently taking place in Park City, Utah.

To celebrate, we thought we’d share '5 in 5': five films (okay, six!) that hit both Sundance Film Festival and EIFF during the past five years.

Read on – then tell us in comments if any of these were your Festival favourites of the past five years….


Last year was EIFF’s year of American Dreams, so this one’s a double-header.

Breathe In – Drake Doremus
Afrer its premiere at Sundance Film Festival, this indie drama starring Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce was the Opening Night Gala film at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013. Drake Doremus also won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for his debut, Like Crazy, in 2011.

Read our Opening Night interview with Drake Doremus here.

The East – Zal Batmanglij
The double-agent thriller The East was alternative director Zal Batmanglij’s second appearance at Sundance, and his first at EIFF in 2013. His career also began at Sundance, with a warm reception for Sound of My Voice. Both films star Brit Marling.

Read our interview with the director here.


California Solo – Marshall Lewy

This lovely gem starring Robert Carlyle made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, then came across the pond to Scotland for its international premiere at the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival. The character study of a fading star, it was a hit with critics and featured in our Best of the Fest.


The Green Wave – Ali Samadi Ahadi

How many of you remember this fantastic animated documentary? The Green Wave tells an insider's story of Iran’s controversial 2009 elections. The film premiered at Sundance at its Festival Friday evening before holding its UK premiere here at EIFF in 2011 in a screening supported by ECA & University of Edinburgh Animating Realities Conference and Take One Action.

Read a Q&A with the director on the Sundance website.


Winter’s Bone – Debra Granik

This Festival hit premiered in January at Sundance and in June at EIFF before going on to earn four Academy Award nominations. It was the winner of the both the Grand Jury Prize and Screenwriting Award at Sundance 2010 and is often credited as the film that launched Jennifer Lawrence’s career.


Moon – Duncan Jones

In 2009, Duncan Jones exploded onto the movie-making scene with his hit sci-fi drama Moon.

Moon premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival before making its way over to EIFF to win the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film.

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