Audience favorites are beginning to surface among the competition films at the Sundance Film Festival, as sell-out screenings over the long holiday weekend were met with enthusiastic responses.

Among the dramatic films, a particular favorite was "One Cup of Coffee," a comedy-drama set in the late 1950s about an over-the-hill bush league ball player and the relationships he develops with a new, very young black pitcher and a local barmaid.On the more avant-garde side, "The Juniper Tree," a black-and white fable based on the Brothers Grimm tale, and the big-budget "Iron Maze," were also generating a lot of discussion among moviegoers.

Among the documentaries, the most controversial seem to be "Absolutely Positive," about the wide range of people affected directly by AIDS, and "Blood in the Face," which explores white supremacist groups who deny the Holocaust, praise Hitler and call for exporting all "impure" non-white races and the execution of caucasian "traitors to their race."

A bit more mainstream but no less affecting is "American Dream," a powerful, personal look at several people on both sides of the Hormel strike in Austin, Minn. Also generating favorable word-of-mouth promotion is "Coney Island," an overview of the famed East Coast amusement park by Rick Burns, who also had a hand in the PBS miniseries "The Civil War."

Among the premieres, "Once Around" and "The Grifters" were generally well-received (both open in Salt Lake theaters over the next couple of weeks), but nothing matched the hooting crowd that left the outrageous "Enid Is Sleeping," a very black comedy with some very big laughs (the film was part of the Vestron production company's bankruptcy problems and at present has no distributor).

The Japanese sidebar, featuring work by young, independent Japanese filmmakers, has also generated an unusual amount of interest.

Most of these films will be screened several times more during the course of the festival. (See schedule below.)

But the hottest tickets in town are still for three Thursday discussion panels that promise to generate some genuine heat - director Robert Altman and "Doonesbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau on their "Tanner '88" collaboration; Altman's discussion of his newest film "Vincent & Theo," after its regional premiere; and the "Sex and Cinema: Women - Objects or Actors" panel with Ken Russell and Theresa Russell (no relation), respective director and star of "Whore," after that film's world premiere.

The Sundance Film Festival continues in Park City through Sunday with some screenings in Salt Lake City and at the Sundance Resort. For information, phone 328-FILM.



Egyptian: "A Little Stiff," 10 a.m.; "Prison Stories: Women on the Inside," 1 p.m.; "One Cup of Coffee," 4 p.m.; " Dr. Petiot," 7 p.m.; "Privilege," 10 p.m.; "The Golden Boat," midnight.

Holiday I: "Uminchu: The Old Man and the East China Sea," 10 a.m.; "The Restless Conscience," 1 p.m.; "Stop Short," 4 p.m.; "Broken Meat," 7 p.m.; "Thank You and Good Night," 10 p.m.

Holiday II: "Popeye," 10:15 a.m.; "Discovery Program," 1:15 p.m.; "Waltz in Old Havana," 4:15 p.m.; "Twenty-One," 7:15 p.m.; "Iron Maze," 10:15 p.m.

Holiday III: "Czech Verite," 10:30 a.m.; "The Enchantment," 1:30 p.m.; "Paradise View," 4:30 p.m.; "Trouble Behind," 7:30 p.m.; "Coney Island," 10:30 p.m.

Prospector: T.B.A., 10 a.m.; "The Juniper Tree," 1 p.m.; "Daughters of the Dust," 4 p.m.; "Sure Fire," 7 p.m.; "Hangin' with the Homeboys," 10 p.m.

Sundance: "Smooth Talk," 4:30 p.m.; "Trust," 7:30 p.m.

Trolley Corners: No screenings.

Z Place: "Tanner '88," 1 p.m.


Egyptian: "Untama Giru," 10 a.m.; "Blood in the Face," 1 p.m.; "Trust," 4 p.m.; "City of Hope," 7 p.m.; "Little Noises," 10 p.m.; "Tetsuo," midnight.

Holiday I: "Legends," 10 a.m.; "Christo in Paris," 1 p.m.; "The Restless Conscience," 4 p.m.; "A Little Stiff," 7 p.m.; "Paris Is Burning," 10 p.m.

Holiday II: "In the Shadow of the Stars," 10:15 a.m.; "Amazonia," 1:15 p.m.; "Slacker," 4:15 p.m.; "Intimacy," 7:15 p.m.; "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," 10:15 p.m.

Holiday III: "Maria's Story," 10:30 a.m.; "Poison," 1:30 p.m.; "Takeover," 4:30 p.m.; "American Dream," 7:30 p.m.; "Straight out of Brooklyn," 10:30 p.m.

Prospector: "Dr. Petiot," 10 a.m.; "Art, Politics and the Independent Film," 1 p.m.; "Mindwalk," 4 p.m.; "Queen of Diamonds," 7 p.m.; "End of the Night," 10 p.m.

Sundance: "The Trip to Bountiful," 4:30 p.m.; "One Cup of Coffee," 7:30 p.m.

Trolley Corners: "Lola," 6 p.m.; "Twenty-One," 8:30 p.m.

Z Place: "Tanner '88," 1 p.m.