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Despite freezing, political climate, Sundance 2017 highlights shine through




A general view the Egyptian Theater at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2017 in Park City, Utah.
A general view the Egyptian Theater at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2017 in Park City, Utah.
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Robert Redford’s annual Park City festival is here to excite the world of film critics, lovers and makers with its line up of independent talent - yet again.

This year, that talent includes comedy “The Big Sick,” based on real-life couple Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani and their tumultuous romance - where Nanjiani breaks his Pakistani parents’ wish for an arranged marriage by falling for a girl who is not only not Muslim, but also in a coma. On day nine of Sundance, “The Big Sick” is still the biggest sale of the festival's 2017 run thus far, with a price tag of $12 million for Amazon's distribution rights.

Other movies catching critical buzz are Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name,” post-World War II drama “Mudbound,” Marina Zenovich’s chilling documentary “Water & Power: A California Heist” and more.

Host John Horn of The Frame and KPCC Film Critic Justin Chang join Larry Mantle to talk Sundance highlights in the midst of its post-Inauguration climate.

Guests:

John Horn, host of The Frame; he tweets @JGHorn

Justin Chang, Film Critic for KPCC and the Los Angeles Times; he tweets @JustinCChang