Every now and then, great movies come out of Sundance Selects, a new platform for documentary and world cinema that’s definitely worth checking out. This month there are two films that deserve your attention, one features the star of the hit ABC series, “FlashForward“, while the other is helmed by an Oscar winning director.
Premiering March 10th is My Enemy’s Enemy, an acclaimed documentary from director, Kevin Macdonald (Last King of Scotland, Four Days in September). The film, which was shown at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, uses debate, wit and visual panache to tell the extraordinary story of Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie a.k.a. the Butcher of Lyon.
After WW2, Barbie became an agent of American counter-intelligence during the Cold War and later became astonishingly successful in reviving the fortunes of other ex-Nazis. Macdonald creates a suspense thriller as he reveals Barbie’s life story as something wilder and more bizarre than what most fiction authors could ever dream up.
Another great film to look out for is Against the Current, an inspirational drama based on a true story about a man with a tragic past who sets out to swim the length of the Hudson River. It stars Joseph Fiennes, Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser of Twilight fame, Michelle Trachtenberg, and the legendary Mary Tyler Moore. Against the Current was written and directed by Peter Callahan and premieres on March 24th.
What do you think of the latest pair of films from Sundance Selects? Are you interested in both, just one, or neither?