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Sundance Film Festival: Lucy Walker in 'Lion's' den of fear, courage
Sundance Film Festival: Lucy Walker in 'Lion's' den of fear, courage

Documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker envisioned "The Lion's Mouth Opens," which screens as part of the documentary shorts program at the Sundance Film Festival, as "an espresso shot to the heart." It is most certainly that. Fifteen minutes of shifting, searing emotions as its subject, actress-writer-director Marianna Palka, deals with the prospect she might have the gene for Huntington's disease, the neurodegenerative disorder that cruelly felled her father, taking, as the Scottish-born actress' mum recounts, both his body and his mind in torturous ways. Incurable, largely untreatable, passed down in families, her father's fate might be hers. A test could tell her, and Palka had decided...

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