The Sundance Institute has added world premieres of Gurinder Chadha’s (pictured) It’s A Wonderful Afterlife, Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are Alright and Galt Niederhoffer’s The Romantics to the festival.
It’s a Wonderful Afterlife will be Chadha’s third feature in Sundance after Bend It Like Beckhamand What’s Cooking? and is a comedy about an Indian mother who resorts to serial murder to find the perfect son-in-law. Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Sally Hawkins star.
The Kids Are Alright stars Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Mark Ruffalo and Annette Bening and tells of two children conceived by artificial insemination who bring their birth father into their family life. Cholodenko received the 1998 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance for High Art, and screened Laurel Canyon at the 2003 festival.
The Romantics is directed from Galt Niederhoffer from a screenplay based on her generational comedy novel and takes place over the course of one night at a deluxe seaside wedding. Katie Holmes leads an ensemble cast that includes Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Elijah Wood, Candice Bergen, Jeremy Strong and Dianna Agron.
Niederhoffer won the 2007 Sundance Audience Award for producing Grace Is Gone. She also produced previous Sundance entries Lonesome Jim, Dedication, Diminished Capacity, Birds Of America, and Hurricane.
“When the opportunity to screen the latest films from three extremely innovative storytellers presented itself, we knew we could not deny our audiences,” festival director John Cooper said. “As an added bonus, all three are alumni of the festival, so we are thrilled to be able to support them returning to Sundance with their newest work.”
Sundance runs from January 21-31.