It’s that time of year: the Sundance Film Fesitval competition line-ups have just been announced, and you can find them here.
In the doc competition, plenty of familiar names: Nanette Burstein of "The Kid Stays in the Picture" will be at the festival with "American Teen"; Alex Gibney of "Taxi to the Dark Side" and "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" has "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson"; "Wordplay"’s Patrick Creadon has "I.O.U.S.A."; cinematographer Ellen Kuras (who shot "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Coffee and Cigarettes," among other things) has "Nerakhoon (The Betrayal)," and on and on.
Over in the dramatic competition, we’re intrigued by "Sugar," the new film from "Half Nelson"’s Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck; actor Paul Schneider’s directorial debut "Pretty Bird"; Rawson Marshall Thurber’s adaptation of Michael Chabon’s "The Mysteries of Pittsburg" and Clark Gregg’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s "Choke" (maybe we’re more dreading that last one).
World doc and dramatic competitions have also been announced.
These two descriptions struck us as particularly emblematic of the festival, bless it:
A COMPLETE HISTORY OF MY SEXUAL FAILURES/ United
Kingdom (Director: Chris Waitt; Screenwriters: Chris Waitt and Henry
Trotter)â€“Chris is a useless boyfriend. Determined to find out why, he
consults his ex-girlfriends, medical practitioners, producers, and
mother to find out how women really see him. Has this journey made him
potential boyfriend material or is he staring a life of loneliness
square in the face? World Premiere
PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND (Director and Screenwriter:
Daniel Barnz)â€” Confounded by her clashes with the seemingly
rule-obsessed world, a little girl takes her already dysfunctional
family down the rabbit hole when she seeks enlightenment from her
unconventional drama teacher. Cast: Elle Fanning, Felicity Huffman, Patricia Clarkson, Bill Pullman, Campbell Scott, Peter Gerety. World Premiere
+ SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILMS IN COMPETITION (Sundance.org)