Network to Screen Two Films from its Film Catalog:
A Quiet Little Marriage and Breaking Upwards
Sundance Channel Announces Summer Line-up of "Festival Favorites" Movies Premiering on Linear Channels in Europe
Critically Acclaimed Independent Films Airing Weekly on Fridays at 21H
Belgium, Brussels, 10 June, 2010 – Rainbow Media Global is pleased to announce that its Sundance Channel in Belgium and France is a first-time sponsor of the 2010 Brussels Film Festival. As part of the sponsorship, on June 24, the channel will screen two films from its robust catalogue of independent features: A Quiet Little Marriage at 19.00H, and Breaking Upwards at 21.00H.
Scanning the globe to deliver some of the festival circuit’s best independent films, Sundance Channel has also announced a robust and eclectic summer lineup. Viewers can tune in to watch weekly "Festival Favorites," with a different Sundance Channel premiere each Friday at 21.00H. "Festival Favorites" titles airing in June and July include The Undeserved, Tape, Strangers, Women in Film, Angst, The Overbrook Brothers, Find Love and Family Motel.
"Sundance Channel is committed to celebrating creativity and global independent culture and we are honored to be a sponsor of this year’s Brussels Film Festival," said Harold Gronenthal, SVP & General Manager, Rainbow Media Global. "We are also pleased to share with our viewers the lineup of independent film ’Festival Favorites’ throughout the summer. The films presented are representative of the kind of independent thinking with which the Sundance brand is synonymous."
In Belgium, viewers can find Sundance Channel on Telenet. In France, the channel is carried on Free and Numericable; and Polish audiences can find Sundance Channel on UPC Poland.
Brussels Film Festival Presentations:
A Quiet Little Marriage (2008), written and directed by Mo Perkins, tells the love story of Dax and Olive, who manage to find harmony even as they juggle family, romance and intimacy, but that all changes the night she asks him for a baby. The film stars Cy Carter, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, and Jimmi Simpson.
Breaking Upwards (2009) , directed by Daryl Wein, follows a young, real-life New York couple in a fictional narrative loosely inspired by their open relationship. The film stars Zoe Lister Jones, Daryl Wein, Olivia Thirlby, and Pablo Schreiber.
The Sundance Channel "Festival Favorites" Schedule follows:
11 June – The Undeserved (2004)
In the first feature film from writer and director Brad Coley, a young man’s life is disrupted when he learns the disturbing truth about his idyllic home town. Charlie, a smart student and his group of friends discover shocking secrets and violence as a result of tensions between the upper and lower classes of their suburban home.
Director: Brad Coley
Stars: Charlie Velasquez, Autumn Dornfeld, Paul Sado
Festivals: Mill Valley Film Festival, Denver International Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival
18 June – Tape (2001)
Three old high school friends pass the time in a Michigan motel room dissecting the painful memories of their high school years.
Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Robert Sean Leonard
Festivals: Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival
25 June – Strangers (2007)
Spontaneous realism, faultless acting and engaging characters distinguish Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv’s dramatic feature about the star-crossed romance of an Israeli man (Liron Levo) and a Palestinian woman (Lubna Azabal), who meet in Berlin during the 2006 World Cup finals. Later when they reunite, they discover personal history is unavoidable and may doom their "impossible" relationship. A triumph of improvisational filmmaking, Strangers was in production when the Second Lebanon War broke out, events incorporated into the fiction on screen.
Director: Erez Tadmor, Guy Nattiv
Stars: Patrick Albenque, Lubna Azabal
Festivals: 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Sao Paolo International Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival
2 July – Women in Film (2001)
The stories of a casting agent with a blind infant, a wannabe moviestar masseuse who steals energy from her famous clients and an independent producer who mothers her children and her films.
Director: Bruce Wagner
Stars: Beverly D’Angelo, Portia de Rossi, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Festivals: Sundance Film Festival
9 July – Angst (2000)
Video store clerk Dean hasn’t been the same since his girlfriend left him. Then he meets May who sets off a chain of events that overturns the lives of Dean and his two flatmates.
Director: Daniel Nettheim
Stars: Sam Lewis, Jessica Nappier, Justin Smith
Festivals: Cork Film Festival: Official Selection
16 July – The Overbrook Brothers (2009)
Over the course of a ridiculously awkward Christmas reunion, two bitter, arch rival brothers discover they’re adopted, and the revelation sends the two adversaries on a hilarious, and sometimes bizarre, cross-country journey in search of their biological parents.
Director: John E. Bryant
Stars: Nathan Harlan, Mark Reeb, Laurel Whitsett
Festivals: South by Southwest; Seattle International Film Festival; Woodstock Film Festival; Raindance Film Festival; BendiFilm Festival; Minneapolis-St Paul International Film Festivals: Chesapeake Film Festival; Maryland Film Festival
23 July – Find Love (2006)
The story of two people who aren’t looking for love but find it anyway. A twenty-four hour romance ride that captures that inexplicable first feeling of falling for someone.
Director: Eric Dunton
Stars: Christian Camargo, Alexie Gilmore, Traci Dinwiddie, Craig Sheffer
Festivals: Slamdance Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival
30 July – Family Motel (2007)
Ayana has a lousy service job, a husband stranded in Africa and a teenage daughter with attitude. When she thinks it can’t get worse she and her kids face an eviction order.
Director: Helene Klodawsky
Stars: Nargis, Asha Jibril, Sagal Jibril
Festivals: International Festival of Audiovisual Programs: Drama Finalist; Whistler Film Festival: Winner – Borsos Competition for Best New Canadian Feature Film; World Film Festival; Durban International Film Festival; St. John’s Women’s Film Festival; Cimena Politica Film Screening Series; Le Femi: International Guadeloupe Film Festival
Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel (www.SundanceChannel.com) reaches more than 40 million subscribers in the U.S. and recently launched in Poland, France, Belgium, Singapore, Korea and Canada via a licensing agreement with Corus Entertainment.
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