Sword of Trust, the latest film from indie movie veteran Lynn Shelton, takes a lot of metaphorical comedic cues from its titular object, and not in the most complementary of ways.
The “wow” factor at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival is the strong presence of female directors in the program’s offerings–for the first time in the festival’s history, 50% of the directors are women. It will be fun to see if this new parity for women at the festival changes the film landscape in the coming years: will the stories be different? What will the films look like? Will the female characters speak more, be more nuanced, have more onscreen time, challenge traditional stereotypes?