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Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:15:00 GMT | By Natasha Sporn
Films and directors discovered at Sundance

'Donnie Darko' - 2001



A young Jake Gyllenhaal played Donnie Darko (© Everett Collection/REX Features)
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  • A young Jake Gyllenhaal played Donnie Darko (© Everett Collection/REX Features)
  • Danny Boyle's zombie thriller influenced a whole new sub-genre of films (© c.20th Century Fox/Everett/REX Features)
  • Morgan Spurlock's documentary won high accolade at Sundance (© Associated Press)
  • Zach Braff directed and starred alongside Natalie Portman (© c.Fox Search/Everett/REX Features)
  • The film premiered at the 2004 Sundance festival (© c.Fox Search/Everett/REX Features)
  • The first of seven 'Saw' films was picked up at Sundance by Lionsgate
  • Comedy film starring Aaron Eckhart, Mario Bello and David Koechner (© c.Fox Search/Everett/REX Features)
  • Cross-country travelling comedy following a little girl in a beauty pageant (© c.Fox Search/Everett/REX Features)
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The American fantasy film about a boy who is tempted by visions of a large bunny rabbit into committing crimes was first screened at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. It was then distributed by Newmarket Films but failed to hit the real big time upon release across America (although that is largely blamed on the release following the terror attacks of 9/11 and some of the film's content) but the film built up a cult following and was one of the best films from the 2001 festival.

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