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Emilia Clarke kicks off Sundance as film festival returns to the mountains

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Emilia Clarke kicks off Sundance as film festival returns to the mountains

Park City, USA: ‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke kicked off the first Sundance Film Festival in person in three years as independent filmmakers and Hollywood stars donned their snow boots and headed back to the mountains of Utah.

Co-founded by Robert Redford, Sundance has launched countless independent films, but its absence has been keenly felt at its high-altitude winter base in Park City, with recent editions forced online by Covid.

“This is my very first Sundance, so I’m thrilled that everyone is filled with the same excitement as me,” said Clarke, whose premiere of “The Pod Generation” headlined the evening. opening Thursday.

“It’s also very important for independent cinema. We have to keep it alive,” she said.

“There are so many aspects of this movie that pose so many fundamental questions that I think a lot of us will grapple with, especially now,” Clarke said.

“I think it’s timely, important and beautiful.”

As Sundance shifts its focus to low-budget movies, Clarke is one of dozens of Hollywood stars heading to Park City for high-powered premieres.

Also on Thursday, “Star Wars” alum Daisy Ridley unveiled “Sometimes I Think About Dying,” a low-key indie drama in which she plays a deeply shy office worker whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a charismatic new colleague.

On Friday, Jonathan Majors will unveil a high-profile performance in “Magazine Dreams,” set in the dangerously competitive world of amateur bodybuilding.

On the weekends, Anne Hathaway stars in “Eileen,” about a young secretary working in a prison who befriends a glamorous counselor with a dark secret.

Emilia Jones also returns to the festival which premiered her best-selling Oscar-winning film ‘CODA’, with ‘Cat Person’, adapted from a New Yorker short story, and ‘Fairyland’, based on a best-selling memoir on San Francisco. AIDS crisis. (AFP)

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