The new comedy-drama "Before Sunrise," starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, will have its world premiere as the opening night film of the 1995 Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City on Jan. 19. The next day, the festival will move to Park City to finish out its 10-day run.
And this year's Piper-Heidsieck Tribute to Independent Vision will honor actor Nicolas Cage for his contributions to independent filmmaking."Before Sunrise" is the story of a young man and woman traveling through Europe by train, with the bulk of the movie taking place during one night as they walk around Vienna.
The picture was written and directed by Richard Linklater, the young, independent filmmaker whose first low-budget effort, "Slacker," was a Sundance competition film in 1991. (He also wrote and directed "Dazed and Confused" in 1993, also about aimless youth.)
Hawke and Delpy also have Sundance connections. Hawke, probably best known as the star of "White Fang" and for his key role in "Dead Poets Society," made his directing debut with a short film that played in the festival this past January. Delpy co-starred in "Killing Zoe," which was also shown during the '94 fest.
Cage's collaboration with David Lynch, "Wild at Heart," will be shown to represent his work, which has included major studio films and independent productions, such as "Raising Arizona," "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Moonstruck," "Honeymoon in Vegas," "Red Rock West" and "Guarding Tess." His latest is "Trapped In Paradise," which opened Friday. (Previous "Independent Vision" honorees were Gena Rowlands, Denzel Washington and John Turturro.)
There are 100 features and 56 shorts scheduled to be shown during the festival, including sidebars highlighting films from Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada and American Indians.
A new event will be a pair of festival premieres in Provo and Orem, in addition to the Salt Lake screenings that supplement those in Park City. The romantic comedy "Miami Rhapsody," starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Mia Farrrow, will have its world premiere in the Academy Theater in Provo on Jan. 20, followed the next day by "The Secret of Roan Inish," a children's movie by festival regular John Sayles.
Also new is a ticket package for local residents, in addition to the usual variety of packages that are available. The "Locals Package," available on a limited basis, includes 12 regular screenings, two premieres (including the opening night premiere) and two panel discussions for $150. There is also a $250 "Locals Package," which includes 10 screenings and two other screening and party options. (For further information, or to purchase a package, phone 322-1700.)
Competition films that have been announced include the documentaries Terry Zwigoff's "Crumb," about cartoonist R. Crumb, most famous for "Fritz the Cat" and the "Keep On Truckin' " T-shirt logo; "Black Is . . . Black Ain't," from Marlon T. Riggs; and "Tie-Died: Rock 'n' Roll's Most Dedicated Fans," by Andrew Behar. On the dramatic side, competition titles include "The Wife," from Tom Noonan, who won the grand prize in January for "What Happened Was . . ."; Nick Gomez's "New Jersey Drive"; and "The Four Corners of Nowhere," by Steve Chbosky.
Among the many premieres are "Safe" by Todd Haynes, whose controversial "Poison" shocked festival audiences in 1991, as well as "The Basketball Diaries" by Scott Kalvert, Gregory Nava's "My Family" and a new film by Abel Ferrara ("Bad Lieutenant"), "The Addiction."
The locally produced "Plan Ten From Outer Space," by Trent Harris ("Rubin and Ed"), will be shown as a midnight screening in Park City. The film is a sci-fi farce satirizing the local lifestyle (but is not related to Ed Wood's notorious "Plan Nine From Outer Space").