World premieres of Carlos Cuaron's comedy Rudo Y Cursi starring Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal as rival football brothers, David Mackenzie's sex comedy Spread starring Ashton Kutcher and the comedy Adventureland from Superbad director Greg Mottola starring Twilight's Kristen Stewart are among the non-competition line-up at Sundance, set to run from January 15-25.
The roster of entries in the Premieres, Spectrum and Park City At Midnight strands includes Gregor Jordan's Bret Easton Ellis adaptation The Informers with Billy Bon Thornton and Mickey Rourke, UK comedy writer Armando Iannucci's political satire and feature directorial debut In The Loop with Steve Coogan and James Gandolfini, Antoine Fuqua's crime drama Brooklyn's Finest with Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke and Wesley Snipes and Don Cheadle and I Love You Philip Morris starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor.
As previously announced Adam Elliot's Australian claymation feature Mary And Max staring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette as remote pen pals will open the festival. Robert Stone's environmental feature Earth Days will close proceedings and the Salt Lake City Gala on January 16 will be the world premiere of R J Cutler's The September Issue about Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
'Whether personal reflective pieces or larger films with established talent, the films screening out of competition have enormous possibility for success down the line,' Sundance Film Festival director Geoff Gilmore said. 'Across all the categories there are some truly excellent films in this year's festival.'
'Discovery is key to understanding this year's slate of films;' director of programming John Cooper added. 'There are some terrific acting ensemble works in Premieres section and I am counting on some surprise commercial interest in Midnight and Spectrum this year.'
500 Days Of Summer USA
Dir: Marc Webb
When an unlucky greeting card copywriter is dumped by his girlfriend, the hopeless romantic shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days together in the hope of figuring out where things went wrong.
Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Dir: Greg Mottola
Superbad director Mottola follows up with this tale set in 1987 about a recent college graduate who learns that a dead-end job at his local amusement park is the perfect preparation for the real world.
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader.
Brooklyn's Finest USA
Dir: Antoine Fuqua
After enduring vastly different career paths, three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location.
Cast: Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle, Ellen Barkin.
Earth Days USA
Dir: Robert Stone
The history of our environmental undoing through the eyes of nine Americans whose work and actions launched the modern environmental movement.
World Premiere, Closing Night Film
Dir: Pete Travis
Vantage Point director's new thriller about a businessman who tries to end Apartheid by brokering secret talks between the African National Congress and white intellectuals.
Cast: William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong.
I Love You Philip Morris USA
Dirs: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
The true story about con artist and imposter Steven Jay Russell, a married father whose exploits land him in the Texas criminal justice system. Based on the novel by Houston Chronicle crime reporter Steve McVicker.
Cast: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro.
The Informers USA
Dir: Gregor Jordan
An edgy ensemble populates this Bret Easton Ellis adaptation set in the 1980s that focuses on wealthy Angelinos consumed by a decadent lifestyle.
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, Mickey Rourke.
North American Premiere
In The Loop UK
Dir: Armando Iannucci
Ace UK comedy writer Iannucci arrives with his feature directorial debut about Britain and America's special relationship in the lead-up to a war no one seems to be able to stop.
Cast: Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Steve Coogan, Tom Hollander
Dir: Michael Polish
A comic tale centered on manure salesmen in the early 1960s.
Cast: Tea Leoni, Billy Bob Thornton, Kyle MacLachlan.
Mary And Max Australia
Dir: Adam Elliot
Claymation tale of two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a 44-year old, severely obese man living in New York.
Voice Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Barry Humphries.
World Premiere. Opening Night Film
The Messenger USA
Dir: Oren Moverman
Two soldiers from different generations bond as they cope with their assignment with the Army Casualty Notification department.
Cast: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker.
Dir: Duncan Jones
Sci-fi thriller about an astronaut who prepares to return home after he is stranded on the moon for three years.
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Sam Rockwell.
Dir: Katherine Dieckmann
A mother of two from Manhattan is having a day that would challenge even the toughest maternal multi-tasker.
Cast: Uma Thurman, Minnie Driver, Anthony Edwards.
Rudo And Cursi (Rudo Y Cursi) Mexico
Dir: Carlos Cuaron
Two siblings are rivals inside the world of professional football.
Cast: Diego Luna, Gael Garca Bernal, Guillermo Francella. US Premiere
Dir: Jonas Pate
Unable to come to grips with a recent personal tragedy, Los Angeles' top celebrity psychiatrist loses faith in his ability to help his patients.
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Robin Williams, Pell James.
Dir: David Mackenzie
A handsome young man survives in Los Angeles by seducing wealthy older women.
Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Anne Heche.
Against The Current USA
Dir: Peter Callahan
Facing the anniversary of his pregnant wife's death, 35-year old Paul Thompson enlists the help of two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River.
Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser, Mary Tyler Moore, Michelle Trachtenberg.
The Anarchist's Wife (La Mujer Del Anarquista) Germany/Spain
Dirs: Marie Noelle and Peter Sehr
During the Spanish Civil War an idealistic young lawyer combating Franco's Fascist troops is separated from his wife and children.
Cast: Maria Valverde, Juan Diego Botto, Nina Hoss, Ivana Baquero,
North American Premiere
Barking Water USA
Dir: Sterlin Harjo
Irene and Frankie have had a tumultuous relationship for 40 years. As Frankie lies on his hospital deathbed, Irene comes back to take him home.
Cast: Richard Ray Whitman, Casey Camp-Horenik.
Children Of Invention USA
Dir: Tze Chun
Two young children are left to fend for themselves when their mother is arrested for unwittingly taking part in an illegal pyramid scheme.
Cast: Cindy Cheung, Michael Chen, Crystal Chiu.
Everything Strange And New USA
Dir: Frazer Bradshaw
Trapped by a life he never intended, a man struggles to navigate family, sexuality and drug addiction.
Cast: Jerry McDaniel, Beth Lisick, Rigo Chacon Jr, Luis Saguar.
Dir: Sandra Nettelbeck
Mostly Martha's Nettelbeck directs Ashley Judd as a successful psychiatrist battling her own clinical depression.
Cast: Ashley Judd, Goran Visnijic.
The Immaculate Conception Of Little Dizzle USA
Dir: David Russo
After losing his high-paying job, a man takes a gig as a night janitor and finds himself the subject of a conniving corporate executive's bizarre experiment.
Cast: Marshall Allman, Vince Vieluf, Natasha Lyonne, Tania Raymonde, Tygh Runyan.
Johnny Mad Dog France
Dir: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire
A 15-year-old child soldier fighting in Africa is armed to the hilt and inhabited by the mad dog he dreams of becoming.
Cast: Christophe MInie, Daisy Victoria Vandy.
North American Premiere
La Mission USA
Dir: Peter Bratt
A traditional Latino father in San Francisco's Mission District struggles to come to terms with his teenage son's homosexuality.
Cast: Benjamin Bratt, Erika Alexander, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Talisa Soto Bratt, Jesse Borrego.
Dir: Derick Martini
Set in the 1970s, a unique take on the dangers of the American dream seen through the innocent eyes of a 15-year-old boy.
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Kieran Culkin, Timothy Hutton, Cynthia Nixon, Emma Roberts.
The Missing Person USA
Dir: Noah Buschel
Michael Shannon, riding high on his breakout performance in Revolutionary Road, plays an alcoholic detective tailing a man who officially died in the World Trade Center attacks.
Cast: Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan, Frank Wood.
Once More With Feeling USA
Dir: Jeff Lipsky
A comedy about a psychiatrist who undergoes a midlife crisis and pursues his long-lost ambition of becoming a singer through karaoke.
Cast: Drea de Matteo, Linda Fiorentino, Chazz Palminteri, Susan Miser,
The Only Good Indian USA
Dir: Kevin Willmott
Set in Kansas in the early 1900s when a teenage Native American boy is taken from his family and forced to attend an Indian 'training' school to assimilate into white society.
Cast: Wes Studi, Winter Fox Frank, J Kenneth Campbell.
Pomegranates And Myrrh (Al Mor Wa Al Rumman) Palestinian Territories
Dir: Najwa Najjar
The wife of a Palestinian prisoner searches for freedom.
Cast: Ali Suliman, Yasmine Al Massri, Ashraf Farah, Hiam Abbass.
North American Premiere
The Vicious Kind USA
Dir: Lee Toland Krieger
Suffering insomnia and testy by nature, Caleb Sinclaire reluctantly picks up his brother Peter at college and brings him and his new girlfriend Emma home to his estranged father's house for Thanksgiving.
Cast: Brittany Snow, Adam Scott, J K Simmons, Alex Frost.
World's Greatest Dad USA
Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait
Robin Williams plays a high school poetry teacher who fakes his son's suicide note and has to deal with the consequences.
Cast: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Alexie Gilmore, Tom Kenny, Geoffrey Pierson.
SPECTRUM: DOCUMENTARY SPOTLIGHT
It Might Get Loud USA
Dir: Davis Guggenheim
The history of the electric guitar from the point of view of three legendary rock musicians.
Cast: The Edge, Jimmy Page, Jack White.
No Impact Man USA
Dirs: Laura Gabbert, Justin Schein
The documentary follows the Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption Fifth Avenue lifestyle in an attempt to make a no-net environmental impact for the course of one year.
Cast: Michelle Conlin, Colin Beavan.
Passing Strange USA
Dir: Spike Lee
A musical documentary about the international exploits of a young man from Los Angeles who leaves home to find himself and 'the real'. A theatrical stage production of the original Tony-Award winning book by Stew.
Cast: De'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Stew.
Dir: James Toback
An intimate look at the complex life of former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson.
Cast: Mike Tyson.
North American Premiere
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians On Black Comedy USA
Dir: Robert Townsend
Using rare archival clips along with provocative interviews with many of today's leading comedians and social critics, Why We Laugh celebrates the cultural influence and social impact black comedy has wielded over the past 400 years.
Cast: Chris Rock, Bill Cosby, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Steve Harvey, Dick Gregory.
Wounded Knee USA
Dir: Stanley Nelson
In 1973, American Indian groups took over the town of Wounded Knee in South Dakota to draw attention the 1890 massacre. Though the federal government failed to keep many of the promises that ended the siege, the event succeeded in bringing to the world's attention the desperate conditions of Indian reservation life.
The Yes Men Fix The World France/USA
Dirs: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr
A pair of notorious troublemakers sneak into corporate events disguised as captains of industry, then use their momentary authority to expose the biggest criminals on the planet.
Cast: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno.
PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT
Black Dynamite USA
Dir: Scott Sanders
When 'The Man' murders his brother, pumps heroin into local orphanages, and floods the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor, 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite is the one hero willing to take him on.
Cast: Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Byron Minns, James McManus.
The Carter USA
Dir: Adam Bhala Lough
An in-depth, intimate look at the artist Dwayne 'Lil' Wayne' Carter Jr, proclaimed by many as the greatest rapper alive.
Cast: Lil' Wayne, Brian Williams, Cortez Bryant.
Død Snø (Dead Snow) Norway
Dir: Tommy Wirkola
A group of teenagers on a ski trip encounter a Nazi-zombie battalion haunting the mountains.
Cast: Vegard Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, Jeppe Beck Laursen.
North American Premiere
Dir: Paul Solet
After losing her unborn child, Madeline Matheson insists on carrying the baby to term. Following the delivery, the child miraculously returns to life, but when the baby develops a desperate appetite for human blood, Madeline is faced with a mother's ultimate decision.
Cast: Jordan Ladd, Samantha Ferris, Gabrielle Rose, Malcom Stewart, Stephen Park, Serge Houde.
The Killing Room USA
Dir: Jonathan Liebesman
Four individuals sign up for a psychological research study only to discover that they are now subjects of a brutal, classified government programme.
Cast: Chloe Sevigny, Peter Stormare, Clea DuVall, Timothy Hutton, Nick Cannon.
Mystery Team USA
Dir: Dan Eckman
A group of kid detectives called The Mystery Team struggle to solve a double murder to prove they can be real detectives before they graduate from high school.
Cast: Dominic Dierkes, D.C. Pierson, Donald Glover, Aubrey Plaza, Glenn Kalison.
Spring Breakdown USA
Dir: Ryan Shiraki
Three thirtysomething friends attempt to break the monotony of their uninspired lives by vacationing at a popular spring break getaway for college students.
Cast: Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, Will Arnett, Rachel Hamilton.
White Lightnin' UK
Dir: Dominic Murphy
The outrageous cult story of Jesco White, the dancing outlaw.
Cast: Ed Hogg, Carrie Fisher, Muse Watson, Wallace Merck, Clay Steakley.
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