Due to the pandemic, the Sundance Film Festival is back online this year. Stars are always guaranteed.

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The Sundance film festival opened in the US state of Utah on Thursday – but without the usual thousands of attendees on site.

Due to the corona pandemic, the independently produced film festival, founded by Robert Redford in the 1980s, was moved to the Internet at short notice. Also in the previous year, films and talks were widely streamed online.

82 feature films from 28 countries are on the programme. On the first day, among other things, the documentary “The Princess” about the life of Princess Diana was created. Other documentaries revolve around comedian Bill Cosby, convicted of sexual assault, and actress Evan Rachel Wood, who accuses rocker Marilyn Manson of abuse.

The stars present their films

Every year, well-known actors and Hollywood directors get involved in the Sundance Film Festival. Dakota Johnson stars in the drama “Am I OK?” a woman discovering her sexuality. “Call Jane” with Sigourney Weaver and Elizabeth Banks is about clandestine abortions in the 1960s. Regina Hall stars in Honk For Jesus, Save Your Soul’s satire on a scandal-ridden megachurch. Stars like Eva Longoria, Emma Thompson, John Boyega and Jesse Eisenberg also want to present their independent films.

Among the ten candidates in the “World Cinema Dramatic Competition” category is the film “The cow that sang a song about the future”, produced by Germany, France and Chile. Chilean director Francisca Alegría’s surreal drama revolves around a woman who returns to her father’s farm after many years.

The drama film “Coda” won the Sundance Grand Jury and Viewer Awards last February. For many small films, the festival is a springboard to finding distributors and a larger audience. Among the biggest hits of the last decades are films such as “Blair Witch Project”, “Boyhood” and “Get Out”. (dpa)