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‘Coda,’ ‘Zola’ Set For 2021 Sundance London Program

Sundance Film Festival: London has revealed that “Zola” and “Coda” will be among the 2021 lineup, when the festival returns to Picturehouse Central next month.“Coda” — an acronym meaning “Child of Deaf Adults” — features Marlee Matlin (“The West Wing”) and 19-year-old Emilia Jones (“Locke & Key”) navigating their relationship, while “Zola” is based on […]

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Sundance 2021 Critic’s Notebook 2 (Abby Sun): I Was a Simple Man, Strawberry Mansion, Cryptozoo

The Sundance Institute has been running producer and director labs since 1981, even before taking over management of the festival in 1985 and renaming the former US/Utah Film Festival to match. In that sense, the projects coming out of the Feature Film Program, Indigenous Program and Documentary Film Program are just as important a marker […]

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‘Cryptozoo’ Review: A Dazzling, Deeply Cynical, ‘Jurassic Park’ for Mythical Creatures [Sundance 2021]

“Maybe we’ll find something magical…” There’s something about Cryptozoo that truly captures your imagination. Dash Shaw’s kaleidoscopic animated film follows a group of well-intentioned hunters of mythical creatures, who aim to gather these “cryptids” in a sanctuary called the Cryptozoo. But it’s less a sanctuary than an amusement park, a gaudy ploy to introduce these […]

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‘Cryptozoo’: Dash Shaw’s Spectacular Animated Adventure Is the ‘Jurassic Park’ Of Mythical Creatures [Sundance Review]

Outside episodic television, adult animation is seldom procured at studios in the U.S. Still, the medium has found stateside keepers of mature content among independent creators. Dash Shaw, alongside fiercely autonomous storytellers like Don Hertzfeldt and veteran Bill Plympton, is one of the most visionary American animation filmmakers pushing past the thematic and aesthetic boundaries […]

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