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Sundance Film Festival 2010's out-of-competition lineup announced, NEXT (<=>), Spotlight launched

December 3, 2009 |  1:00 pm

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The latest features from such acclaimed directors as Michael Winterbottom, Jay and Mark Duplass, Gaspar Noe and Rodrigo Garcia are among the lineup of out-of-competition films scheduled to screen at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The films will be shown in four sections -- Premieres, Spotlight (formerly Spectrum), New Frontier and Park City at Midnight -- with a newly added fifth section, NEXT (<=>) devoted to low- and no-budget productions. 

In addition to the filmmakers mentioned above, a richly diverse group of directors will be represented in the out-of-competition section. Perhaps the most acclaimed of the lineup is French filmmaker Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet," which took the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes and Best Film at the Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival. Elsewhere, "ER" and "West Wing" producer John Wells will present his corporate drama "The Company Men," starring Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones, while Oscar-nominated "American Splendor" writers-directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini offer "The Extra Man," which they co-wrote with Jonathan Ames ("Bored to Death"). Meanwhile, 1996 Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee Nicole Holofcener ("Friends with Money") brings together Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt and Rebecca Hall for "Please Give," and Joel Schumacher chronicles the young and idle rich in the fest's closing-night film, "Twelve."

"Irreversible" director Noe's latest is the supernaturally themed "Enter the Void," while Winterbottom is represented by two films, the documentary "Shock Doctrine," based on the book by journalist Naomi Klein, and by an adaptation of Jim Thompson's violent crime novel "The Killer Inside Me," starring Jessica Alba, Simon Baker and Kate Hudson. Arthouse favorites the Duplass brothers have John  C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill in their untitled project, while Garcia's latest, "Mother & Child," stars Samuel L. Jackson, Annette Bening and Naomi Watts. 

The star power in front of the camera is also strong in this year's lineup; in addition to the talent already mentioned, such high-wattage performers as Kristen Stewart (as Joan Jett, opposite Dakota Fanning and Michael Shannon in "The Runaways"), Robert Duvall and Bill Murray ("Get Low), Geoffrey Rush ("Bran Nue Dae"), Tilda Swinton ("I Am Love"), Katie Holmes ("The Extra Man"), Ryan Reynolds ("Buried") and Adrien Brody ("HIGH school" and "Splice," which also stars Sarah Polley) will be on screen. Writer-comedian Louis C.K. will present his concert film, "Louis C.K.: Hilarious," while actors Diego Luna and Philip Seymour Hoffman will show their directorial debuts, "Abel" and "Jack Goes Boating," respectively.

A complete list of out-of-competition films will follow after the break and can also be found on the festival's website. The 2010 Sundance Film Festival will take place in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, from Jan. 21 to 31.

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Myung J. Chung / Los Angeles Times

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The films screening in the out-of-competition sections are as follows:

PREMIERES 


Abel/Mexico (Director: Diego Luna; Screenwriters: Diego Luna and Agusto Mendoza)—A peculiar young boy, blurring reality and fantasy, assumes the 

responsibilities of a family man in his father's absence. Cast: José María Yazpik, Karina Gidi, Carlos Aragon, Christopher Ruiz-Esparza, Gerardo Ruiz-Esparza. World Premiere 

 

Cane Toads: The Conquest/USA (Director and screenwriter: Mark Lewis)—In 3D, Mark Lewis explores 

one of Australia's greatest environmental catastrophes as he follows the unstoppable march of the cane 

toad across the Australian continent. World Premiere  

 

The Company Men/USA (Director: John Wells)—Three company men attempt to survive a round of 

corporate downsizing while trying to fend off its affects on their families and their identities. Cast: Ben 

Affleck, Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Rosemarie DeWitt. World Premiere 

 

The Extra Man/USA (Directors: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini; Screenwriters: Robert Pulcini,  

Jonathan Ames and Shari Springer Berman)—A down-and-out playwright who escorts wealthy widows in 

Manhattan's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring writer under his wing. Cast: Katie Holmes, John C. 

Reilly, Paul Dano, Kevin Kline, Alicia Goranson. World Premiere 

 

Get Low/USA (Director: Aaron Schneider; Screenwriters: Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell)—A 

film spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about a mysterious, 1930s Tennessee 

hermit plans his own rollicking funeral party... while still alive. Cast: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray. U.S. 

Premiere SALT LAKE CITY GALA FILM 

 

Jack Goes Boating/USA (Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman; Screenwriter: Bob Glaudini)--A limo driver's blind date sparks a tale of love, betrayal, friendship and grace centered around two working-class New York City couples. Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Ryan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Tom McCarthy. World Premiere  

 

The Killer Inside Me/USA (Director: Michael Winterbottom; Screenwriter: John Curran)—Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small Texan town; patient, polite and well liked, until he starts killing people. Cast: Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Simon Baker, Elias Koteas. World Premiere 

 

Nowhere Boy/UK (Director: Sam Taylor Wood; Screenwriters: Julia Baird and Matt Greenhalgh)—A 

teenage John Lennon confronts wrenching family secrets and finds his musical voice in late 1950s 

Liverpool. Cast: Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Thomas Sangster, Anne-Marie Duff, David 

Morrissey. International Premiere  

 

Please Give/USA (Director and screenwriter: Nicole Holofcener)—In New York City, a husband and wife 

butt heads with the granddaughters of the elderly woman who lives next door. Cast: Amanda Peet, Oliver 

Platt, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Sarah Steele. World Premiere 

 

The Runaways/USA (Director and screenwriter: Floria Sigismondi)—In 1970s LA, a tough teenager 

named Joan Jett connects with an eccentric producer to form an all-girl band that would launch her career 

and make rock history. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Scout Taylor-Compton, Michael 

Shannon,Alia Shawkat, Tatum O'Neal. World Premiere 

 

Shock Doctrine/USA (Directors: Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross)—Based on the book by 

award-winning journalist Naomi Klein, Shock Doctrine exposes how shock is used to implement economic 

policy in vulnerable environments. North American Premiere  

 

Twelve/USA (Director: Joel Schumacher; Screenwriter: Jordan Melamed)—A chronicle of the highs and 

lows of privileged kids on Manhattan's Upper East Side involving sex, drugs and murder. Cast:  Chace 

Crawford, Emma Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, 50 Cent, Zoë Kravitz. World Premiere CLOSING NIGHT 

FILM 

 

Untitled Duplass Brothers Project/USA (Directors/screenwriters: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass)—A recently divorced guy meets a new lady. Then he meets her son who is well…interesting. Cast: John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener. World Premier


NEXT (<=>)

A new section composed of eight American films selected for their innovative and original work in low- 
and no-budget filmmaking 

Armless (Director: Habib Azar; Screenwriter: Kyle Jarrow)—In this off-kilter comedy, a woman comes to 

terms with her husband's strange secret. Cast: Daniel London, Janel Moloney, Keith Powell, Laurie 

Kennedy, Matt Walton. World Premiere 

 

Bass Ackwards (Director and screenwriter: Linas Phillips)—After ending a disastrous affair with a married 

woman, a man embarks on a lyrical, strange and comedic cross-country journey in a modified VW bus. 

Cast: Linas Philips, Davie-Blue, Jim Fletcher, Paul Lazar. World Premiere 

 

Bilal’s Stand (Director and screenwriter: Sultan Sharrief)—Bilal, a Muslim high school senior in Detroit 

juggles his dysfunctional family, their taxi-stand, and an ice carving contest in his secret attempt to land a 

college scholarship. Cast: Julian Gant. World Premiere 

 

The Freebie (Director and screenwriter: Katie Aselton)—A young married couple decides to give each 

other one night with someone else. Cast: Dax Shepard, Katie Aselton. World Premiere 

 

Homewrecker (Director: Todd Barnes and Brad Barnes; Screenwriters: Todd Barnes, Brad Barnes, 

Sophie Goodhart)—The last romantic in New York City is an ex-con locksmith on work release. Cast: Ana 

Reeder, Anslem Richardson, Stephen Rannazzisi. World Premiere 

 

New Low (Director: Adam Bowers)—A neurotic twentysomething struggles to figure out which girl he 

really belongs with: the best one he's ever known, or the worst. Cast: Adam Bowers, Jayme Ratzer, Toby 

Turner, Valerie Jones. World Premiere 

 

One Too Many Mornings (Director: Michael Mohan; Screenwriters: Anthony Deptula, Michael Mohan, 

Stephen Hale)—Two damaged young men recover their high school friendship by awkwardly revealing to 

each other just how messed up they've become. Cast: Anthony Deptula, Stephen Hale, Tina Kapousis. 

World Premiere 

 

The Taqwacores (Director: Eyad Zahra; Screenwriter: Michael Muhammad Knight)When a Pakistani- 

Muslim engineering student moves into a house with punk Muslims of all stripes in Buffalo, New York, his ideologies are challenged to the core. Cast: Noureen DeWulf, Dominic Rains, Rasika Mathur, Tony 

Yalda, Anne Marie Leighton. World Premiere 

 

SPOTLIGHT 

New for 2010, the Spotlight section is a tribute to the cinema we love. Regardless of where these 

impressive films have played throughout the world, the Sundance Film Festival is thrilled to light a 

marquee for them.  

 

Narrative films screening in the Festival’s Spotlight are: 

 

Bran Nue Dae/Australia (Director: Rachel Perkins; Screenwriters: Reg Cribb, Rachel Perkins and Jimmy Chi)—In the summer of 1965, a young man is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome – fishing, 

hanging out with his mates and his girl. Cast: Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy, Geoffrey Rush, Ernie Dingo. U.S. Premiere.

 

Daddy Longlegs/USA (Directors and Screenwriters: Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie)—A swan song to 

excuses and responsibilities, to fatherhood and self-created experiences, and to what it’s like to be truly 

torn between being a child and being an adult. Cast: Ronald North American Premiere 

Enter the Void/France (Director and Screenwriter: Gaspar Noé)—A drug-dealing teen is killed in Japan, 

after which he reappears as a ghost to watch over his sister. Cast: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, 

Cyril Roy, Emily Alyn Lind, Jesse Kuhn. U.S. Premiere  

 

I Am Love (Io Sono L’amore)/Italy (Director and Screenwriter: Luca Guadagnino)—A tragic love story 

set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. Cast: Tilda Swinton, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Pippo Delbono, Alba 

Rohrwacher, Marisa Berenson. U.S. Premiere 

 

Louis C.K.: Hilarious/USA (Director: Louis C.K.)—Sharp-tongued comedian Louis CK pulls no punches 

in this visceral concert experience. World Premiere 

 

Lourdes/Austria/France/Germany (Director and Screenwriter: Jessica Hausner)—A woman in a 

wheelchair travels to Lourdes in an attempt to escape her isolation. Cast: Sylvie Testud, Léa Seydoux, 

Bruno Todeschini, Gilette Barbier, Gerhard Liebmann, Irma Wagner. U.S. Premiere 

 

Mother & Child/USA/Spain (Director and Screenwriter: Rodrigo García)—The lives of three women--a 

physical therapist, the daughter she gave up at birth three decades ago, and an African American woman 

seeking to adopt a child of her own intersect in surprising ways. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Naomi Watts, 

David Morse, Annette Bening, Amy Brenneman U.S. Premiere


New African Cinema/A collection of short films from multiple countries

        Pumzi/South Africa (Director and Screenwriter: Wanuri Kahiu)--A Sci-Fi film about futuristic Africa, 35 years             after World War III, "The Water War." Cast: Kudzani Moswela. North American Premiere

        Saint Louis Blues (Un Transport En Commun)/France, Senegal (Director and Screenwriter: Dyana                         Gaye)—Along the journey from Dakar to Saint Louis, seven passengers of a taxi meet each other and tell                  their lives through songs. Cast: Umban Gomez de Kset, Bigué Ndoye, Adja Fall, Yakhoub Ba, Abdoulaye             Diakhaté. U.S. Premiere.  


        The Tunnel/ South Africa (Director and Screenwriter Jenna Bass)—When her father vanishes in 1980s                     Zimbabwe, young Elizabeth believes he has dug a tunnel to the city. Only by facing reality will she discover             the truth behind his disappearance. Cast: Sibulele Mlumbi, Finch Moyo, Patricia Matongo, Anthony                         Watterson, Pakamisa Zwedala, Vuyisile Pandle. World Premiere


A Prophet (Un Prophète)/France (Director: Jacques Audiard; Screenwriters: Thomas Bidegain, Jacques 

Audiard, Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit)—An engaging examination of a seedy, gangster-driven 

underworld set in a French prison. Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi, 

Reda Kateb.  


Women Without Men (Zanan-e bedun-e mardan)/Germany/Austria/France (Directors and Screenwriters: Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari)—A dissection of Iranian society at the time of the 1953 CIA-backed coup that overturned 

the nationalist government of Mohammed Mossadegh and installed the shah in power. Cast: Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad, Shabnam Tolouei, Orsi Tóth. U.S. Premiere 

 

Documentary films screening in the Festival’s Spotlight are: 

 

8: The Mormon Proposition/USA (Director: Reed Cowan)—An examination of the relationship between 

the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the promotion and passage of California's Proposition 8 

denying marriage rights for Gay and Lesbian couples. World Premiere 

 

Climate Refugees/USA (Director: Michael Nash)—An over-consuming, crowded world, with depleting 

resources and a changing climate is giving birth to 25 million climate refugees resulting in a mass global 

migration and border conflicts. World Premiere 

 

Catfish/USA (Directors: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman)—When a young New 

York City photographer is contacted on Facebook by an 8-year-old painting prodigy from rural Michigan, 

he becomes deeply enmeshed in her life, even falling in love with her older sister--that is, until a crack 

appears in her story.  World Premiere


Countdown to Zero / (Director: Lucy Walker)--A fascinating and frightening exploration of the dangers of nuclear weapons, exposing a variety of present day threats and featuring insights from a host of international experts and world leaders who advocate total global disarmament. World Premiere.

 

Life 2.0/USA (Director: Jason Spingarn-Koff)—More than an examination of new technology, the film is 

foremost an intimate, character-based drama about people whose lives are dramatically transformed by 

the virtual world called Second Life. World Premiere 

 

Teenage Paparazzo/USA (Director: Adrian Grenier)—A 13-year-old paparazzi boy snaps a photo of actor 

Adrian Grenier, leading Grenier to explore the effects of celebrity on culture. World Premiere 

 

To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America/Bangladesh/USA (Director: Gayle Ferraro)— 

Tapping into the success of Muhammad Yunus after winning the Nobel Peace Prize (2006), Grameen 

America has opened in Queens, NY replicating the banking model program Yunus first started in 

Bangladesh. World Premiere 

 

Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The NY Knicks/USA (Director: Dan Klores)—Reggie Miller single- 

handedly crushed the hearts of Knick fans multiple times. But it was the 1995 Eastern Conference 

Semifinals that solidified Miller as Public Enemy #1 in New York City. World Premiere 

 

PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT 

Home to horror films and crazy comedies, Black Dynamite, The Blair Witch Project and Saw are among 

the films that have screened here. 

 

Buried/Spain, USA (Director: Rodrigo Cortes; Screenwriter: Chris Sparling)—A U.S. contractor working in 

Iraq awakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against 

time to escape this claustrophobic death trap. Cast: Ryan Reynolds. World Premiere 

 

Frozen/USA (Director and Screenwriter: Adam Green)—Three skiers are mistakenly stranded on a 

chairlift, forced to make life-or-death choices that prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to 

death. Cast: Emma Bell, Shawn Ashmore, Kevin Zegers. World Premiere 

 

HIGH school/USA (Director: John Stalberg, Jr.; Screenwriters: Erik Linthorst, John Stalberg, Jr. and Stephen Susco)—A random drug test coincides with a high school valedictorian's first hit of pot. Cast: Sean Marquette, Matt Bush, Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis, Colin Hanks, Mykelti Wiliamson, Andrew Wilson, Yeardley Smith, 

Michael Vartan, Curtis Armstrong, Erica Phillips, Adhir Kaylan. World Premiere 

 

7 Days/Canada (Director: Daniel Grou; Screenwriter: Patrick Senecal)—A doctor seeks 

revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who murdered his young daughter. Cast: Rémy 

Girard, Claude Legault, Fanny Mallette, Martin Dubreuil, Rose-Marie Coallier. World Premiere 

 

The Perfect Host/USA (Director: Nick Tomnay; Screenwriters: Nick Tomnay and Krishna Jones)—A 

criminal on the run cons his way into the wrong dinner party where the host is anything but ordinary. Cast: 

David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford, Helen Reddy, Nathaniel Parker. World Premiere 

 

Splice/France/Canada (Director: Vincenzo Natali; Screenwriters: Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant, 

and Doug Taylor)—Clive and Elsa are young, brilliant, and ambitious. The new animal species they 

engineered has made them rebel superstars of the scientific world. In secret, they introduce human DNA 

into the experiment. Cast: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac, David Hewlett. North American 

Premiere 

 

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil/Canada (Director: Eli Craig; Screenwriters: Eli Craig and Morgan Jurgenson)— 

Two West Virginian hillbillies go on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin, but their peaceful trip 

goes horribly awry. Cast: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss. World Premiere 

 

The Violent Kind/USA (Directors and Screenwriters: The Butcher Brothers) A group of rowdy young bikers party it up at a secluded farmhouse when things take a turn for the worst.    Cast: Taylor Cole, Christina Prousalis, Tiffany Shepis, David Fine, Joseph McKelheer. World Premiere. 

 

NEW FRONTIER 

This program highlights work that explores the limits of traditional aesthetics and the narrative structures 

of filmmaking. 

All My Friends Are Funeral Singers/USA (Director and screenwriter: Tim Rutili)—A fortune teller lives and works in an old house crowded with ghosts. When a mysterious light appears in the woods, the ghosts realize they are trapped and begin to rebel.  Cast: Angela Bettis. World Premiere


Double Take/Germany, Netherlands (Director: Johan Grimonprez)—Director Johan Grimonprez casts 

Alfred Hitchcock as a paranoid history professor, unwittingly caught up in a double take on the cold war 

period. The master says all the wrong things at all the wrong times while politicians on both sides 

desperately stammer to say the right things, live on TV.  Cast: Mark Perry, Ron Burrage. North American 

Premiere 

 

Memories of Overdevelopment/ USA (Director and Screenwriter: Miguel Coyula)—Live action mixes with animation and newsreel footage of historical events to form a collage that emulates the way personal memory works for a misanthropic Cuban intellectual. An adaptation of a novel by Cuban author Edmundo Desnoes.  Cast: Ron Blair. World Premiere


ODDSAC/USA (Director: Danny Perez)An earthy, psychdelic experimental narrative infused with the band, Animal Collective's aural and musical sensibilities. World Premiere 

 

Pepperminta/Austria, Switzerland (Director: Pipilotti Rist; Screenwriters: Pipilotti Rist, Chris Niemeyer) 

A magical, visually stunning and uplifting contemporary fantasy, Pepperminta is an anarchist of the 

imagination. Colors are the young woman's best friends and strawberries are her pets. Together with her 

friends she sets out to fight for a more humane world. World Premiere 

 


Utopia in Four Movements/USA (Directors: Sam Green and Dave Cerf)A "live documentary" this piece explores the battered state of the utopian impulse at the dawn of the 21st century through several seemingly unrelated 

vignettes — including a history of Esperanto, a portrait of an exiled American radical, and a meditation on 

the world’s largest shopping mall. World Premiere 


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