Hollywood is giving up the ‘perfect weather’ and taking over the slopes for a few of our favorite things- Films and Parties. Sundance Film Festival takes place January 17-27th in Park City, Utah and brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling.
With all the films throughout the 10 day festival it’s hard to see all of them. However, below is a list of ‘notables’ that are quickly rising on the radar.
Lovelace: Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, this film is compiled of a mega cast (Sharon Stone, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, James Franco). Getting a view of the life of biopic of porn star Linda 'Deep Throat' Lovelace, the sensation behind the first adult movie embraced by the mainstream. Epstein and Friedman spun fact into flossy fiction for their take on Allen Ginsberg in 2010's Howl; expect a similar treatment here, and to top it off, Amanda Seyfried also joins in.
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman: Join Hollywood favorite, Shia LaBeouf as he continues his journey away from the mainstream with this indie action comedy, directed by commercials/music-vid hotshot Fredrik Bond. LaBeouf plays the title character, who falls in love with gangster's moll Evan Rachel Wood (pictured with LaBeouf), and is continually beaten up for his trouble in all sorts of presumably hilarious ways.
Two Mothers: Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are the pair of parents both conducting secret and unconventional affairs in their Aussie beachside town. Adapted from a Doris Lessing novel by Christopher Hampton and directed by Anne Fontaine, this movie quickly landed on the must see list, and by the looks of it will be one to discuss next year!
Very Good Girls: This movie is a coming-of-age tale that can't fail: the cast includes Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss and Ellen Barkin, the plot is a tog-shedding, tear-jerking round-robin of crushes and affairs, betrayals and heart-to-hearts. It's another directorial debut by a veteran screenwriter: Naomi Foner.
ACOD: One of many anticipated highlights of Stuart Zicherman's directorial debut. Adam Scott stars as a divorce mediator who has a pop at reuniting his parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O'Hara). Sundance darling Mary Elizabeth Winstead also graces her presence in the film.
Ain't Them Bodies Saints?: Dallas director David Lowery's second feature seems to have it in buckets. Developed at Sundance's writing lab last year, Lowery's drama sees a convict (Casey Affleck) escape prison in an attempt to reconnect with his wife.
Before Midnight: A third date for Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke). Set nine years after the "did they-didn't they" conclusion of Before Sunset's date in Paris and 18 years after the pair's first meeting on a Vienna-bound train. This time director Richard Linklater takes the pair to Greece for a breathetaking ending.
Breathe In: Sundance sweetheart Drake Doremus (winner of the festival's grand jury prize with Like Crazy in 2011) returns with a drama about a music teacher (Guy Pearce) straying from his family after they host a British exchange student (Like Crazy's Felicity Jones). The improvisatory dialogue's sent off to jumble, the swooning idealism has been boxed in the attic. Breathe In sees Doremus growing up, moving out and going for it.
Don Jon's Addiction: Casanova 'Don' Jon Martello has no problem meeting girls, but he'd rather be watching porn. He lives a life of fast cars, fast women and faster broadband hook-ups, yet there's a connection missing: love. Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his debut as writer/director, picking apart the shallow nature of men brought up on images of women. Salvation is only one real relationship away.
jOBS: Starring Ashton Kutcher, is a movie that portrays the life of Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs. Director Joshua Michael Stern brilliantly showcases the life of the technology genius temperaments and all.
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