Sundance to Sarajevo

Sundance to Sarajevo

Film Festivals and the World They Made

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
A tour of the world's film festivals emphasizes the cultural, political, and sociological aspects of such events as Cannes, Sundance, Sarajevo, Havana, Burkina Faso's FESPACO, and Pordenone's Giornate del Cinema Muto.

University of California Press
Almost every day of the year a film festival takes place somewhere in the world--from sub-Saharan Africa to the Land of the Midnight Sun. Sundance to Sarajevo is a tour of the world's film festivals by an insider whose familiarity with the personalities, places, and culture surrounding the cinema makes him uniquely suited to his role. Kenneth Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times, writes about the most unusual as well as the most important film festivals, and the cities in which they occur, with an eye toward the larger picture. His lively narrative emphasizes the cultural, political, and sociological aspects of each event as well as the human stories that influence the various and telling ways the film world and the real world intersect.

Of the festivals profiled in detail, Cannes and Sundance are obvious choices as the biggest, brashest, and most influential of the bunch. The others were selected for their ability to open a window onto a wider, more diverse world and cinema's place in it. Sometimes, as with Sarajevo and Havana, film is a vehicle for understanding the international political community's most vexing dilemmas. Sometimes, as with Burkina Faso's FESPACO and Pordenone's Giornate del Cinema Muto, it's a chance to examine the very nature of the cinematic experience. But always the stories in this book show us that film means more and touches deeper chords than anyone might have expected. No other book explores so many different festivals in such detail or provides a context beyond the merely cinematic.

"Kenneth Turan is a critic's critic, one who covers the movie industry and reviews the marketplace without ever abandoning his taste, passion or erudition. What a perfect guide to that modern phenomenon, the film festival, about which the public thinks it knows so much and actually is permitted to know so little."--B. Ruby Rich, author of Chick Flicks

"Every film festival I attend, there's Ken Turan, notebook in hand, big smile, racing to the next film. We always synchronize our watches. Ken touted me on the official film critic's model, the Timex Indiglo, which has great big numbers and lights up in the dark, so you can see how long an endless film has been running. Now I see why he was taking all those notes. His Sundance to Saravejo is smart, sometimes funny, sometimes appalled, always perceptive--an insider's report from the cutting edge."--Roger Ebert

Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780520218673
Branch Call Number: 791.4307 TURAN
Characteristics: x, 180 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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