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The feature films and documentaries cherry picked for Robert Redford’s Sundance festival at the 02 in Greenwich next month have been announced.

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It is the first time the actor turned director is taking the largest independent cinema festival in the US to the UK and outside America to try and win new audiences.

The festival founded by Redford and held every January in Utah showcases the latest work by independent American and international filmmakers. But just 14 films, all American, which premiered at this year’s Utah festival have been chosen for Sundance London.

Redford said: “I welcome the opportunity to see how people in the UK experience these films. “While they are American productions they speak to universal experiences and global challenges.”

Among the potential highlights is the romantic farce 2 Days in New York, Julie Delpy’s follow-up to her 2006 hit 2 Days in Paris, laden with racism and sexual frankness.

Marion and Mingus live cozily in their cross-cultural relationship, with their cat and two young children from previous relationships, until her family turn up over two unforgettable days putting their relationship to the test.

The House I Live In, which dissects the war on drugs and its human costs, premiered in the documentary competition of the American festival and scooped the Grand Jury Prize for US Documentary.

Other films include Finding North, an acclaimed documentary posing the question whether

America has lost its way in taking care of its own as only in six Americans regularly have enough to eat. Eight shortfilms have also been announced for the festival.

The four-day Sundance London festival kicks off on April 26 with an onstage conversation between Redford and Grammy veteran T Bone Burnett discussing the relationship between movies and music.

Daily live music performances, discussions, panels and other public events will accompany the film festival.

Vist www.sundance-london.com for tickets and programme details.

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