New Frontier Sundance Film Festival January 21 through January 30, 2010
Bordertown explores the uncomfortable yet familiar meeting between two cultures at the Mexican/American Border. The immediacy and sense of delicacy in the lives of the people who live there juxtapose colorful, seedy, and sometimes sad scenarios.Big Mirador, a seven foot tall hotel, plays film clips in the windows from old Spanish-speaking Bunuel films, interspersed with tired scenes from lonely southwest desert motel rooms and brothels. Zaragoza y Obregon explores four blocks of Los Cabos; an older woman seduces a younger man, two teenage girls smoke pot in their room, and other scenes and sounds of drama and the mundane play out. The cinematic image stands in for real life as it unspools behind windowpanes, conjuring a sublime sense of both wonder and nostalgia.
International Lineup to Feature Breakthrough Installations and performances from Nao Bustamante, Gina Czarnecki, Petko Dourmana, Jens Franke and Thomas Gläser, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eric Gradman, Michael Joaquin Grey, Ragnar Kjartansson, Kalup Linzy, Matthew Moore, Pipilotti Rist and Tracey Snelling