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Sundance Institute Film Series Presents Utah Premiere of 2009 Cannes Prize Winner Samson & Delilah

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PARK CITY, UT — Sundance Institute Film Series presents a free screening of Samson & Delilah, the engrossing, award-winning film directed by first-time feature filmmaker Warwick Thornton. A project supported by Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program and its international work with indigenous directors, screenwriters and producers, Samson & Delilah will screen for the first time in Utah on Thursday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave.

The screening of Samson & Delilah is made possible by support from Principal Sponsor Zions Bank, Major Sponsors Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks and Summit County Recreation, Arts, and Parks Program, with in-kind support from City Weekly, KRCL 90.9 FM Community Radio, Park City Film Series and Park City Marriott.

Set in a remote Aboriginal community in the Central Australian desert, Samson & Delilah is the painfully brutal love story of two teens who leave their isolated community and embark on a journey of survival. The film has been described as one of the most beautiful to come out of Australia, and deals with the harsh realities of contemporary Aboriginal life — substance abuse, poverty, violence, and cultural stereotypes. After screening at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Samson & Delilah  won the Caméra d’Or for best debut feature, receiving the accolade of “the best love film we’ve seen for many a year” from the Cannes jury.

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton first began the film as a story designed for the kids of Central Australia drawn from his own personal experiences and observations growing up on the street. In addition to Cannes, Samson & Delilah has screened at the Toronto, Zurich, and Telluride Film Festivals. Previously, Thornton wrote and directed several short films, most recently the 2008 Berlinale prize-winning Nana. His previous short film, Green Bush, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. He is currently working on shooting and directing a three-hour documentary series with Aboriginal art curator Hetti Perkins and producer Bridget Ikin, called Art and Soul.

An image of Sampson & Delilah can be found on http://press.sundance.org/press

Sundance Institute invites you to step inside the world of independent filmmaking each month with the Sundance Institute Film Series. Part screening, part discussion, we’ll showcase work supported by Sundance Institute and give you an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and discuss the films. This summer, the Film Series will have both indoor and outdoor screenings in both Park City and Salt Lake. Stay tuned for the full lineup.


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