Spotlight #Sundance 2018: #Yardie Selected for World Cinema Dramatic Competition

#Sundance 2018 starts today 18th January running to 28th of the month, and Idris Elba’s feature-film directorial debut #Yardie is among the broad spectrum of global titles.

One of the most iconic film/arts events in the world the festival was founded by Robert Redford in 1981, the Sundance Institute is a nonprofit that creates a platform for the work of independent storytellers in film and theatre. Now it has 180 plus employees and helps 900 artist each year.

Redford once said: “Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us.”

British/African Director/Actor Elba’s film Yardie has been selected in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. The competition is for emerging talent from around the world offering fresh perspective and innovative style.

Director Idris Elba (Main Image Aml Ameen)

The Golden Globe and SAG award winner told Sundance “he always wanted to direct” and he had worked with some “really terrible directors” as an actor and he always felt he could do better. On making Yardie and talking about the music. Elba said he wanted to give the audience that feeling of “what it sounded like and felt like to hear that music for the first time in the 80’s”.

Yardie (UK) 101 mins dir: #IdrisElba

A 70’s cult-crime drama based on the book by Victor Headley takes us to London and Kingston, Jamaica. On witnessing the death of his brother as a young boy in 1973, 10 years later Denis sets out to find his brothers killer. Principal Cast: Aml Ameen, Shantol Jackson, Stephen Graham, Fraser James, Sheldon Shepherd, Everaldo Cleary.

There are 12  titles in the competition that include: And Breathe Normally dir: Ísold Uggadóttir and Rust, Dir: Aly Muritiba.

All images courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Alex Bailey.

 

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