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Sundance unveils festival line-up
Robert Redford
The leading independent film event was founded by Robert Redford
Three movies about Iraq are among potential prize winners at next year's Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Ashley Judd, Robert Downey Jr, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Tom Waits star in some of the other films chosen for competition screenings.

The inclusion means films are eligible for the festival's jury prizes.

About 15 productions related to Iraq were submitted for competition at the event, founded by actor Robert Redford in 1981.

Back to roots

A total of 120 films from 30 countries will be shown at the 10-day event.

Sundance has showcased a number of hits in recent years such as Maria Full Of Grace and In the Bedroom.

Organisers said the festival is returning to its roots.

"It's a festival that very much kind of underscores for me what independent film-making is," festival director Geoffrey Gilmore said.

"It's an independent film-making that is not going to be mistaken by anybody for films that come out of Hollywood."

Organisers have so far named the 64 films screening in the US and international drama and documentary competitions.

Glastonbury explored

Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends and Iraq in Fragments are among the 16 movies in the US documentary competition.

A third Iraq-themed film is included in a different competition yet to be announced, organisers said.

Other screenings in the US documentary competition include American Blackout, an exploration of voting troubles in recent presidential elections, and the World According to Sesame Street - a look at the children's TV show.

Dear Pyongyang, a Japanese film about a woman examining her father's loyalty to North Korea, and Glastonbury, a UK feature looking at the history of the rock music festival, are in the international documentary competition.

In the US drama competition, the films include Sherry Baby, in which Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as a newly-released convict, and Come Early Morning featuring Ashley Judd.

Oscar-nominated Central Station actress Fernanda Montenegro appears in Brazilian film House of Sand, being screened in the international drama competition.

One Last Dance, a film set in Singapore starring Francis Ng and Harvey Keitel, and Grbavica, a Bosnia-Herzegovina movie about the aftermath of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, are also on the list.

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