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5 Sundance films for athletes

And Then We Danced

Swedish-born filmmaker Levan Akin is of Georgian descent, and sets his latest film, a 113-minute feature, in the conservative confines of modern Tbilisi. In telling the tale of Merab, a gifted dancer, and the handsome, dangerous male dancer he falls for, Akin explores both Georgia's renowned dance culture and its deep-seated homophobia.

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Charm City Kings

This 125-minute feature by Puerto Rican filmmaker Angel Manuel Soto is based on the 2013 documentary 12 O’Clock Boys. Soto shares the coming-of-age story of an inner-city Baltimore teen who yearns to join a renegade group of dirt-bike riders. Expect gravity-defying bike tricks, life-and-death drama, and more.

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The Climb

Native New Yorker Michael Angelo Corvino’s 98-minute feature directorial debut starts with a bike ride on the twisty roads of the South of France. As Kyle (played by co-writer Kyle Marvin) struggles to keep up with Mike (Corvino), the more experienced cyclist, a surprise confession alters the course of their friendship.

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Dream Horse

Welsh director Euros Lyn’s new 102-minute feature film tells the true story of a waitress (played by Toni Colette) turned racehorse breeder. She rallies her sleepy working-class community behind her to produce a fierce equine competitor that takes part in the prestigious Grand National at Aintree.

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Lance

For this two-part, 201-minute feature documentary, Emmy Award-winning writer and director Marina Zenovich gained extensive access to Lance Armstrong. Interviews with his family, teammates, friends, and enemies weave together a powerful portrait of the former cycling champion’s epic rise and fall.

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