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A NEW KIND OF WILDERNESS by Silje Evensmo Jacobsen (Norway / DR Sales) © Maria Gros Vatne

Meet the Europeans at the Sundance Film Festival 2024

In collaboration with one of the most important North American film festivals and with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA of the European Union, EFP provides a meeting space for the European film industry at the DoubleTree Hotel, The Yarrow, to promote and celebrate the diversity of European cinema.

EFP features European films and the European industry at the festival. All Europeans (filmmakers, producers, sales companies, institutions and press) are warmly welcome to come by and use the HUB as a meeting point. The EUROPE Hub is located in the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel (The Yarrow), 1800 Park Avenue, Park City, and is open from Thursday to Monday, 18-22 January, daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

Films from Norway, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Austria are running in the different sections of the festival and will be highlighted at the HUB:

A New Kind of Wilderness (Norway) by Silje Evensmo Jacobsens is the portrait of the Payne family who live isolated in a forest in Norway and try to be wild and free. A tragic fate changes everything, and the family is forced to adapt to modern society. (World Cinema Documentary Competition, Norwegian Film Institute)

In Marie Amachoukeli’s directorial debut àma Gloria (France), six year old Cléo loves her nanny Gloria more than anything. When Gloria must suddenly return to Cape Verde to care for her own children, Cléo makes her promise that they will see each other very soon. Gloria invites Cléo to her island and the two must make the most of their last summer together. Powerful through the impressive performance of Louise Mauroy-Panzani as Cléo. (Spotlight, North American Premiere, Unifrance)

After their debut film The Cleaners (2018), Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck return to Sundance with Eternal You (USA, Germany). The film explores whether AI-created digital avatars enable mourners to communicate with their deceased loved ones and what happens when the dream of immortality is turned into a product. (World Cinema Documentary Competition, German Films)

Krazy House is the English-language debut of Dutch directing duo Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil. In the 1990s, house builder Bernie and his family suddenly discover that the workmen in his house are Russian criminals who want to tear the house apart in search of loot. (Midnight, World Premiere, SEE NL/The Netherlands)

Set against the backdrop of social and political chaos in Lima in the summer of 1992, the third film Reinas by Swiss-Peruvian director Klaudia Reynicke (Switzerland, Peru, Spain) follows Lucia, Aurora and their mother Elena as they plan to leave the city and find a new home in the United States. Their farewell involves reconnecting with their estranged father, adding turbulence to the regrets, hopes, and fears of their emotional departure. (World Cinema Dramatic Competition, Swiss Films)

In a mix of African-American jazz music, griot lyrics, eyewitness accounts, official government transcripts and testimonies from CIA operatives, the essay film Soundtrack to a Coup d’Etat by Johan Grimonprez (Belgium, France Netherlands) sheds light on one of the most insidious political intrigues of the 20th century: how the Belgian monarchy, the United States government and multinational corporations collaborated to use art institutions and legendary jazz musicians as a cover for covert operations to assassinate the Congo’s first prime minister, Patrice Lumumba. (World Cinema Documentary Competition, Flanders Image/Belgium)

As in their film Davos (2020), directors Daniel Hoesl and Julia Niemann once again deal with the power of money in their latest film Veni Vidi Vici (Austria). They tell the story of the billionaire Manyards family, whose wealth allows them to lead a life free of consequences – even when the head of the family, a passionate hunter, doesn’t shoot any animals. (World Cinema Dramatic Competition, Austrian Films)

Film Sales Support (FSS)

To round off its promotion activities for European cinema at Sundance, EFP is awarding Film Sales Support (FSS) to three European world sales companies, giving their films a good promotional head-start at the festival for sales to countries outside of Europe.
FSS is backing the marketing campaigns of autlook filmsales, representing the documentary Ibelin by Benjamin Ree (Norway), Mediawan promoting Soundtrack to a Coup d’Etat by Johan Grimonprez (Belgium) and The Yellow Affair for Klaudia Reynicke’s film Reinas. Support for Reinas is covered by SWISS FILMS.

For a complete list of all European films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival please click here.

The EUROPE! HUB at Sundance is made possible thanks to the support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union as well as the participating national film promotion institutes, EFP’s member institutes: Austrian Films, Flanders Image (Belgium), German Films, Norwegian Film Institute, SEE NL (The Netherlands), SWISS FILMS and Unifrance.