Sunday, 31 January 2010

Galician director buried at Sundance

Galician Director Rodrigo Cortes' Buried has shaken up the Sundance Film Festival 2010. Massive lines under the snow to get tickets that scalpers will resell for up to ten times their face value, acclamations after every show, and an unanimous applause from the critics, has turned Buried into the revelation of this year's Sundance edition.

The story of Buried, written by Chris Sparling and for many one of the best unproduced screenplays until picked up by Cortés, is very simple. Just one character (Ryan Reynolds as Paul Conroy) inside a buried box. Conroy is a contractor working as a truck driver in Iraq. When his convoy is attacked, he is captured and buried in a wooden box in the desert. He is terrified, and completely alone except for a cell phone, a lighter, and flask of booze.

Rodrigo Cortés has been included among the Variety's 10 directors to watch 2010 gallery, and Lionsgate is reported to have paid around $3.2 million for the North American distribution rights to Buried.

Congratulations, Rodrigo!

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