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

'Garden State' - 2004



Zach Braff directed and starred alongside Natalie Portman (© c.Fox Search/Everett/REX Features)
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  • 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)
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  • The film premiered at the 2004 Sundance festival (© c.Fox Search/Everett/REX Features)
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Based on personal experience, Zach Braff's film followed a 26-year-old man returning home to New Jersey following the death of his mother. After seeing Garden State for the first time at Sundance, both Miramax and Fox Searchlight picked up the film and continued to screen it at festivals before its cinema release. The film attracted a large cult following and was praised for its soundtrack (leading Braff to pick up a Grammy for music selection).

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