"Robot and Frank" stars Frank Langella as a retired thief who is given a robot caretaker – who soon becomes his accomplice when he decides to take up his old trade. The film, which played in Sundance's Premieres section and was the Salt Lake City opening-night film, was directed by Jake Schreier and written by Christopher Ford. (The movie will screen today at 6 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre, Park City, and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City.)
"Valley of Saints," written and directed by Musa Syeed, is set in a lakeside village in Kashmir. Gulzar (Gulzar Ahmad Bhat), a boatman, is determined to leave town with his best friend. Then he meets Asifa (Neelofar Hamid), a beautiful scientist who is investigating the lake for pollution. The movie played in the World Cinema Dramatic competition.
A screening of the Sloan Prize winner is scheduled for Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Prospector Square Theatre, Park City. It has not been announced which movie will screen then. (The other, presumably, would screen in one of the open "TBA" slots Sunday.)
Writer-director Katy Scoggin received the Sundance Institute's Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant for "Flood," and the project "Operator" was the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Lab Fellowship for director/co-writer Logan Kibens and co-writer Sharon Greene.
Sean P. Means