Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner’s Predisposed joins the Premieres section, while Spotlight welcomes Joachim Trier’s Oslo, August 31st and Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be The Place and the late Park City At Midnight entry is Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The End.
“Each of these four films is an accomplishment in its own right, and collectively, their addition to our programme allows us to present a broader look at independent filmmaking,” festival director John Cooper said.
“With these four films, we will present a total of 117 feature-length films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival – a strong indication of the vitality of the independent film community.”
Predisposed (US) dirs: Philip Dorling, Ron Nyswaner
Eli Smith, a piano prodigy, is dealing with his troubled mother and enlisting help from a hapless drug dealer on the day he has an audition for a prestigious music programme. Events spiral comically out of control as this gang of misfits faces the mistakes of the past, the challenges of the future, and the possibilities of love.
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Ramos, Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Oslo, August 31st (Norway), dir: Joachim Trier
One man, one city, 24 hours. Oslo, August 31st is a portrait of contemporary Oslo. A visually striking and quietly shattering drama about a man in deep existential crisis.
Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, Tone B Mostraum.
This Must Be The Place (Italy-France-Ireland), dir: Paolo Sorrentino
A bored, retired rock star sets out to find his father’s executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the US.
Cast: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch.
North American Premiere
PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT
JOHN DIES AT THE END (US), dir: Don Coscarelli
On the street they call it Soy Sauce – a drug that allows users to drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Can John and David stop the oncoming horror? No. They can’t.
Cast: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman.
The festival is scheduled to run from Jan 19-29, 2012