Dakota Johnson stepped onto the big stage inside Park City’s Basin Recreation Fieldhouse on Thursday night and was immediately greeted by hundreds of seated guests (including Sundance insiders, filmmakers and several movie stars). I investigated a large-scale scene with
“I thought this was an intimate dinner,” said Johnson, the first presenter of the festival’s kick-off event, Opening Night: A Taste of Sundance Night, presented by IMDbPro. I didn’t expect people to come back, but thank God, it feels so good to be back in the room celebrating independent cinema together.”
Sundance is back. The Fest kicked off tonight, hosting its first in-person event in three years because of the pandemic, so there was certainly reason to celebrate.Johnson’s work is the main one of his four awards presented from his stage. was to present one of his. She received the International Icon Award, presented to her best friend and her collaborator Luca Her Guadagnino. The rest went to Ryan Coogler (variety Visionary Award), Nanny Filmmakers Nikyatu Jusu (Acura Vanguard Award for Fiction) and W. Kamau Bell (Acura Vanguard Award for Non-Fiction).
Johnson has called Guadagnino “the epitome of an international icon” and she intends to petition him to receive the trophy each year.She praised his fashion sense, pointing out the fact that he “wears Prada all the time.” explained in detail the relationship bigger splash Continuing from 2018 Suspiria.
“I love him deeply,” said the actress and producer, adding that she was spotted and spotted being an actress “every day” on his set.
Johnson then turned his attention to Guadagnino’s acclaimed love story. call me by your nameStarring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer. “Sadly, I was not among them,” Johnson confessed.
Johnson joked she was almost cast call me by your name, playing the part of a peach, the same fruit that Chalamet’s character Elio masturbates to, leaving pits and debris on his desk. Hammer’s character, Oliver, discovers a peach, but does not eat it like his character does in the novel on which the film is based.
That didn’t stop Johnson from throwing jabs at headlines involving Hammer. Had she actually been cast as Peach, “I would have been another woman Armie Hammer tried to eat.” And then she gave a nod to Guadagnino’s recent cannibal love story bones and all By asking, “Who knew cannibalism was so popular?”
While Johnson appeared to play down the cannibal headlines, he previously defended his 2010 film co-star Hammer. social networkother co-stars such as Johnny Depp and Shia LaBeouf who faced serious allegations of cheating. THR Year 2021. I am so sorry for the loss of a great artist. I feel sad for those who need help and probably won’t get it in time. I feel sad for people who have been hurt or hurt. I’m really sad. I believe that people can change. ”
(For his part, Hammer, through his lawyers, previously denied any wrongdoing and claimed all relationships were consensual. The cannibalism allegations went viral in January 2021 when his It surfaced via direct message.)
Guadagnino then took the stage, making no mention of the alleged Peach casting or the cannibal cynicism, but calling Johnson “my dearest friend” and one of the best actors. The filmmaker has deep roots at the Sundance Film Festival, dating back to 2010 when he made his festival debut with his film. i am loveHe said it always feels like coming home because we share history.
“Coming back and being here means a lot to all of us,” he said of the festival, calling it a “landmark place” where all that matters is “the power of cinema.”
These themes permeated other speeches by Coogler, Bell, Juss, and the night’s headline performers, the Indigo Girls. The iconic rock duo rushed from the world premiere of his Sundance documentary to the festive fundraiser. It’s Only Life After All From the film director Alexandria Bombach.
Despite technical issues and feedback from the mic, they managed to stay on track with their three-song set and were lucky enough to be at the festival and the opportunity to share the stage with such an accomplished artist. I expressed my gratitude for this.
Lena Waithe just came from London and presented Coogler with the trophy, calling him a sage, a “calm in the storm,” a leader and quiet royalty.Upon acceptance, Coogler reflected on his career and expressed sincere gratitude for the role Sundance played in launching his current blockbuster career. We shared stories about our debut night Fruitvale Station It stars a rising star named Michael B. Jordan, whose agent Craig Kestell told Coogler’s mother, “Your son’s life is about to change.”
“It freaked my mom out,” Coogler admitted. “She didn’t understand what was going on.” He said his life had already begun to change in the years leading up to that night. A laboratory at Sundance Institute. There he met friends like Mariel Heller, David Lowery and Chloe Zhao.
“It’s an honor to come up with them,” he said. “Whenever a filmmaker wins, I feel like I won, especially as a former footballer.”
Upon accepting the award, Bell joked that he wanted to apologize to the “older white gentleman” who congratulated him. summer of the soul, an Oscar-winning film made by Questlove, not W. Kamau Bell. The winner then detailed his journey from “weirdo” to stand-up comedy fan, stand-up comedian, award-winning film executive his producer and director. we need to talk about cosby.
There were times during the production of the series that Bell had to ask himself, “Whose idea was this?” He remembered and called out to mentors and collaborators who helped him along the way. “This was a way of reminding me that it was really my idea. I had no choice but to blame myself. It was comforting.” “Our weirdness is our superpower,” he said.
Speaking of comfort, Juss said filmmaking continues to save her life and wouldn’t be where she is on her artistic journey without Sundance. No depth, no breadth, no quantifiable end, Jusu won the Dramatic Jury Award for her critically acclaimed work. Nanny“Sundance is why the industry can no longer ignore me.”
Finally, Juss told the people in the room, “We are survivors,” she said. She then quoted the legendary Toni Morrison, one of her favorite spirits of hers. “It’s impossible to face danger all the time. We need love and magic.”