Sundance Opening Weekend

If you don’t already have tickets for these opening events of the Sundance Film Festival you’re most likely SOL (unless you have Redford’s cell phone number), but here’s what is happening to kick off the 2008 Sundance Film Festival:

Opening Night and Salt Lake City Gala

Opening Night Screening

Thursday, January 17, 2008

In Bruges

Director: Martin McDonagh
Screenwriter: Martin McDonagh
Executive Producers: Jeff Abberley, Julia Blackman, Tessa Ross
Producers: Graham Broadbent, Peter Czerin
Cinematographer: Eigil Bryld
Editor: Jon Gregory

The 2008 Sundance Film Festival opens in Park City with the world premiere of In Bruges, written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker and award-winning playwright, Martin McDonagh. With an international cast starring Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell, and Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges tells the suspenseful, twisted tale of two London hit men ordered to take a forced vacation in Bruges, Belgium, and how their subsequent time in exile goes awry.

6:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Eccles Theatre
Screening ticket required. Wait list is available and encouraged.

Opening Night Party

Thursday, January 17, 2008
Welcome! Arriving from all corners of the globe, filmmakers and Festival friends reunite or meet for the first time and embark upon the journey of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Legacy Lodge
1310 Lowell Avenue
Park City
On Shuttle Route
Parking is available
Party Ticket Required

Salt Lake City Gala Screening

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Great Buck Howard

Director: Sean McGinly
Screenwriter: Sean McGinly
Executive Producers: Steven Shareshian, Marvin Acuna
Producers: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman
Coproducer: Ginger Sledge
Cinematographer: Tak Fujimoto
Editor: Myron I. Kerstein

The Salt Lake City Gala on Friday, January 18 will feature the world premiere of The Great Buck Howard, directed by Sean McGinly and starring Colin Hanks, John Malkovich and Emily Blunt about a law school dropout who answers an advertisement to be a celebrity’s personal assistant and finds himself staging the comeback of a lifetime for a mentalist whose flamboyant style is at once confounding and wholly authentic.

6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City
Screening ticket required. Wait list is available and encouraged.

Salt Lake City Dessert Reception

Friday, January 18, 2008
Celebrate the 2008 Sundance Film Festival at our Salt Lake City Gala. Following the gala screening, film enthusiasts will gather for a dessert reception and share their passion for new independent film.

8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Pierpont Place
163 Pierpont Avenue
Salt Lake City
Reception Ticket required