2010 Sundance Film Festival kicks off!

source: festival.sundance.org

Robert Redford‘s independent cinema gala the Sundance Film Festival kicked off on Thursday in Park City, Utah.

There will be more than 100 films from around the world on display, including the tale of an ecstasy smuggling Hasidic man (Holy Rollers), a biopic on the poet Allen Ginsberg (Howl) and the story of two brothers and their imaginary dad (Boy).

It will also feature the directorial debuts of Philip Seymour Hoffman (Jack Goes Boating) and How I Met Your Mother-star Josh Radner (happythankyoumoreplease).

The festival, first established with the support of Redford in 1978 as a haven for independent filmmakers, has now become one of the most important showcases of cinema in Hollywood.

Last year’s winners included Precious, An Education and The Cove (all of which have spent the past 12 months building an audience and Oscar buzz).

We’ll spend the next 10 days reporting on the most exciting films of the festival; a task which will be severely impeded by the fact that I am not in Utah, but instead Perth, Western Australia.

Peter Sciretta and the Slashfilm team ARE in Utah however. You can check out Peter’s 18 most anticipated films here.

The film’s I’m most looking forward to?

CyrusJohn C. Reilly plays a lonely divorcee who falls in love with a single mother (Marisa Tomei). Things go well at first, until he meets her “interesting” son Cyrus (Jonah Hill). Directed by The Duplass Brothers.

Buried – A U.S. contractor in Iraq (Ryan Reynolds) wakes up in a coffin with only a lighter, a cell-phone and a finite amount of air.

Lucky – A documentary by Jeffrey Blitz (Spellbound) about the unexpected effects of lotto victory.

It’ll be interesting to see which Sundance discovery will turn out to be the “next big thing” in indie cinema.

Discuss: Which flicks are you looking forward to seeing – or potentially, not seeing?

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