Do you like to watch? Sundance, like most film festivals, screens large movies before they hit theaters near you. In the more intimate experiences, they also show smaller flicks without distribution that may not be seen by audiences outside the festival circuit. Whether you like yours big or small, here’s a heads up about a few thought-provoking moving images about sex & intimacy from Sundance:
Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Why watch: The first mainstream porn flick, in pop culture, DEEP THROAT was to film what FIFTY SHADES OF GREY was to eREADERS. Learn about the story behind the tale.
Director: Shaka King
Why watch: Find out what happens when depending on something/someone becomes unhealthy … “Craftily luring the stoner-comedy into a meaningful examination of dependency in all its forms, King confronts a community that refuses to grow up and asks the audience what it really means to be an adult.”
Director: Richard Linklater
Why watch: Complete the trilogy that began with BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET.
KILL YOUR DARLINGS
Director: John Krokidas
Why watch: It’s the Beat Generation at Columbia University in New York City in 1944. Plus, a murder. This film is about finding your sexuality and your voice as a writer “starring” a young Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac. Yes, please!
INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR.
Directors: Travis Mathews, James Franco
Why watch: Because of James Franco. Also see KINK because of James Franco and because of this sentence (yes, one sentence) from Sundance: “Kink tells the true story of sex, submission, and big business as seen through the eyes of the unlikely pornographers whose nine-to-five workdays are spent within the confines of the San Francisco Armory building, home to the sprawling production facilities of Kink.com, the worldâ€™s largest producer of pornography with BDSM themes — for the uninitiated, that stands for bondage and discipline/dominance and submission/sadism and masochism.”
TWO MOTHERS: Lusty mothers fall in love with each others’ sons. Of course it’s French! See it because you’ve likely not yet seen a movie with this plot line.
IL FUTURO: Provocative sex in Rome.
WAJMA (AN AFGHAN LOVE STORY): Sometimes, sex makes babies. This contemporary flick about the Old World follows the story of a pregnant woman dating in Afghanistan.
THE LOOK OF LOVE: An entrepreneur starts a gentleman’s club in 1958. Sundance quotes Oscar Wilde, reminding us: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”