Annal: 2005 Sundance Film Festival —Dramatic

Results of the Sundance Film Festival in the year 2005.

Film:Forty Shades of Blue

Forty Shades of Blue

Ira Sachs

“It’s just a moment in time that happened in Memphis that was pure magic…and I’m just so thankful that I was a part of it.” So says legendary record producer Alan James (Academy Award Nominee Rip Torn) of his heyday as a hitmaker in the city of soul. Those days have faded into the past, but the larger-than-life songsmith still continues to reap the benefits, including his Russian trophy-girlfriend, Laura (Independent Spirit Award Nominee Dina Korzun), a beautiful young woman he brought home with him from a trip to Moscow. Laura’s life in America is better than anything she’s ever known, but Alan’s carousing lifestyle tests her patience. When Michael (Darren Burrows, tv’s Northern Exposure) the handsome, estranged son of one of Alan’s previous marriages arrives on the scene, the delicate balance of this intriguing relationship changes forever.

Film:Hustle & Flow

Hustle & Flow

Craig Brewer

The idea of a soulful pimp as the hero of a movie will strike some viewers as objectionable and perhaps even repellent, but Terrence Dashon Howard’s complex and fierce performance will challenge such easy moral decisions. DJay (Howard, Crash, The Best Man) hustles a small stable of whores, including corn-rowed Nola (Taryn Manning, A Lot Like Love). When he learns that former local rapper turned superstar named Skinny Black (real life rapper Ludacris) is coming back to town for the 4th of July, DJay teams up with a frustrated sound engineer…

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