British filmmaker James Marsh’s celebrated documentary which went on to win an Academy Award® and BAFTA for Best Documentary following its premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman called Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, at the time the world’s tallest buildings. After an hour of dancing on the wire with no safety net or harness, he was finally arrested for this beautiful but illegal act of daring.
Stephen Soderbergh burst onto the independent filmmaking scene with this savagely funny low budget drama about a group of young, adulterous 30-somethings. Powered by astonishingly raw, realistic dialogue and terrific performances from the likes of James Spader and Andie MacDowell, Soderbergh's film debuted at the 1989 Festival and won the Audience Award, going on to win the Palme D'Or at Cannes in the same year. Something of a protean text for the serious-minded, modern American indie, the film's razor-sharp dialogue, preoccupation with sex and the psyche, as well as its breakout performances, still pack a punch almost 30 years on.
Utterly distinctive, visually inventive and ultimately moving, Miranda July's debut feature was supported by Sundance Institute's Directors and Screenwriters Labs and premiered at the 2005 Festival, taking the Special Jury Prize for originality of vision. A bittersweet love story revolving around a group of lost and heartbroken people, the film still dazzles with its offbeat tone, funny dialogue and impressive array of breakout performances from the likes of John Hawkes and July herself, who also wrote the film.