Hoping for success after Sundance
January 23, 1998
Scene from "The Full Monty"
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PARK CITY, Utah (CNN) -- The excitement is escalating at the
Sundance Film Festival, where many of the 13,000 participants
hope to walk away with the next Sundance success story.
Last year, the festival hit was "The Full Monty."
"That's when we got the inkling that this is going to be
something ... something special," Steve Huison, who played
Lomper in the film, told CNN.
The film has grossed nearly $37 million at U.S. box offices
since its debut in the United States about six months ago.
"Shine" and "Ulee's Gold" also struck gold at Sundance last
year. Not only were they box office successes, but actor
Peter Fonda won a Golden Globe for his role in "Ulee's Gold,"
and Geoffrey Rush won an Academy Award for best actor for his
role in "Shine."
The next Sundance success story could belong to "Sliding
Doors," an offbeat romantic comedy starring Gwyneth Paltrow.
Other potential heavy hitters among the 103 films shown this
year include "The Spanish Prisoner," starring Steve Martin
and directed by David Mamet, and "Polish Wedding" with
Gabriel Byrne and Clair Danes.
"Sundance has become the autobahn, the Route 66 of getting
yourself known as a filmmaker," said Neil LaBute, who
directed "In the Company of Men."
But many films that do well at Sundance find their successes
"House of Yes" sold for close to $2 million after it received
favorable reviews at last year's festival. But the film only
grossed $600,000 at the box office.
One film that isn't being touted in Park City this year is
Nick Broomfield's "Kurt and Courtney," a documentary about
rocker Courtney Love and her late husband Kurt Cobain.
"The House of Yes" was applauded at Sundance, but did poorly at the box office
The film isn't being hailed as a potential success because no
one got to see it. Sundance organizers had to pull it after
Love threatened to sue the filmmaker.
"You do get a portrait of someone who is extremely
controlling," Broomfield said about the film's depiction of
Love. "And if they don't get what they want, they'll go to
any lengths to prevent something from coming out, which is
exactly what she's done with this film."
The documentary is scheduled to air on the BBC within a year,
The 10-day festival will end Sunday with the presentation of
this year's awards.
Correspondent Cynthia Tornquist contributed to this report.