Screen brings you the 2009 Sundance drama line-up.


Adam (US)

Dir/scr: Max Mayer Prods: Leslie Urdang, Miranda De Pencier, Dean Vanech Cast: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne

A love story about a dysfunctional man and his new neighbour, the woman of his dreams.

Sales contact: The Film Sales Company, (1) 212 481 5020

Amreeka (US-Can-Kuw)

Dir/scr: Cherien Dabis Prods: Christina Piovesan, Paul Barkin Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda

A divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son face new challenges when they move to rural Illinois.

Sales contact, US: WMI, (1) 310 859 4310; int’l: EOne Films International, Charlotte Mickie, (1) 416 931 8463

Arlen Faber (US)

Dir/scr: John Hindman Prods: Kevin Messick, Jana Edelbaum Cast: Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham, Lou Taylor Pucci

A reclusive author of a popular spiritual book faces new truths when he meets two strangers.

Sales contact, US: CAA, (1) 424 288 2000; ICM, (1) 310 550 4440

Big Fan (US)

Dir/scr: Robert Siegel Prods: Jean Kouremetis, Elan Bogarin Cast: Patton Oswalt, Michael Rapaport, Kevin Corrigan

A car park attendant has a violent confrontation with his favourite New York Giants player.

Sales contact: Andrew Hurwitz, (1) 646 220 2359

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men(US)

Dir/scr: John Krasinski Prods: Eva Kolodner, Yael Melamed, John Krasinski, James Suskin Cast: Julianne Nicholson, John Krasinski, Bobby Cannavale, Dominic Cooper

After being dumped by a boyfriend, an anthropology student interviews men about their behaviour.

Sales contact: CAA, (1) 424 288 2000

Cold Souls (US)

Dir/scr: Sophie Barthes Prods: Dan Carey, Elizabeth Giamatti, Paul Mezey, Andrij Parekh, Jeremy Kipp Walker Cast: Paul Giamatti, Dina Korzun, David Strathairn

A famous actor suffering from an existential crisis explores soul extraction.

Sales contact, US: Cinetic, (1) 212 204 7979; int’l: EOne, Charlotte Mickie, (1) 416 931 8463.

Dare (US)

Dir: Adam Salky Scr: David Brind Prods: Mary Jane Skalski, Jason OransCast: Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, Ashley Springer, Ana Gasteyer

Three teenagers shake things up during their last semester of high school.

Sales contact: Cinetic, (1) 212 204 7979

Don’t Let Me Drown (US)

Dir: Cruz Angeles Scrs: Maria Topete, Cruz Angeles Prods: Maria Topete, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, James Lawler, Ben Howe Cast: EJ Bonilla, Gleendilys Inoa, Damian Alcazar

Two Latino teens find friendship and budding romance in post-9/11 New York.

Sales contact: Craig Emanuel, Loeb & Loeb, (1) 310 282 2262

Humpday (US)

Dir/scr: Lynn Shelton Prod: Lynn Shelton Cast: Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore

A comedy about straight male bonding that goes too far, when two old college buddies enter an amateur porn contest.

Sales contact: Submarine, (1) 917 957 1400

Paper Heart (US)

Dir: Nicholas Jasenovec Scrs: Nicholas Jasenovec, Charlyne Yi Prods: Elise Salomon, Sandra Murillo Cast: Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera

Charlyne Yi goes on a journey to find the true nature of love, striking up an unusual relationship with Michael Cera.

Sales contact: UTA, (1) 310 228 3842

Peter And Vandy (US)

Dir/scr: Jay DiPietro Prods: Peter Sterling, Austin Stark, Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann Cast: Jess Weixler, Jason Ritter

A love story told backwards, juxtaposing a couple’s romantic early relationship with their bickering and manipulations in later years.

Sales contact, worldwide: Endeavor, (1) 310 246 3126

Push: Based On The Novel By Sapphire(US)

Dir: Lee Daniels Scr: Damien Paul Prods: Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness Cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton, Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey

The big-screen adaptation of Sapphire’s bestselling novel about a young girl in Harlem overcoming life’s traumas - including being pregnant with her father’s child.

Sales contact: Cinetic, (1) 212 204 7979

Sin Nombre (US-Mex)

Dir/scr: Cary Joji Fukunaga Prod: Amy Kaufman Cast: Edgar Flores, Paulina Gaitan, Kristyan Ferrer

As Central American migrants try to cross the border into the US, a teenage gang member looks to outrun his violent past.

Sales contact, US: Focus Features, (1) 818 777 7373

Taking Chance (US)

Dir: Ross Katz Scrs: Michael R Strobl, Ross Katz Prod: Lori Keith Douglas Cast: Kevin Bacon

A volunteer military escort officer accompanies the body of a 19-year-old Marine to his home town.

Sales contact, int’l: HBO Enterprises, (1) 212 512 5315

Toe To Toe (US)

Dir/scr: Emily Abt Prods: Emily Abt, Susan Leber Cast: Sonequa Martin, Louisa Krause, Silvestre Rasuk

An inter-racial friendship is put to the test at a competitive Washington DC prep school.

Sales contact, worldwide: WMI, (1) 310 859 4310