Welcome to Park City Preview Week here at ScreenAnarchy. The Sundance Film Fest (not to mention Slamdance) roll out next week, and we've got a week of previews leading up to the Park City extravaganza.
US Dramatic Competition
SAVE THE DATE
To kick things off, we'll be taking a look at a few of the notable films from each of the Dramatic Competition sections. It's the nature of Sundance (especially the competition sections) to be a bit of a crapshoot guessing at which films will be the hits. Who would have guessed it would be Like Crazy not Little Birds or Another Earth instead of Another Happy Day that would get Park City buzzing last year. We'll have wall to wall coverage of everything buzzing this year. For now, here are a few films that caught our eyes.
With a cast that includes Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Mark Webber, Geoff Arend,
and Melonie Diaz
, this indie romantic comedy about love on the rebound from director Michael Mohan
(One Too Many Mornings
) has all the marks of a Sundance hit waiting to pop off.
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED
To say Mark Duplass
is a popular man around Park City is to sell the talented filmmaker/comedian short. At this year's festival alone, Duplass has two starring credits, three producing jobs, and one writer nod. One of those starring roles is alongside Aubrey Plaza, Kristen Bell,
and Jeff Garlin
in director Colin Trevorrow
's feature debut about magazine employees who investigate a classified ad regarding Time Travel.
(English as a Second Language
) and Michael D. Olmos
have teamed up to direct this story of a young Latina hip-hop artist struggling to come up in LA's Echo Park neighborhood. Newcomer Gina Rodriguez
stars alongside such Latino heavyweights as Lou Diamond Phillips
and Edward James Olmos
(father of director Michael).
Indie sweetheart Mary Elizabeth Winstead
stars as a woman trying to sober up in James Ponsoldt
's relationship drama about a couple whose marriage revolves around the bottle.
has got herself some mean Mumblecore cred after co-starring in Joe Swanberg
's Hannah Takes the Stairs
and Alex Ross Perry
's The Color Wheel
. That Tiny Furniture
writer/director Lena Dunham
has teamed up to co-write Russo-Young's latest directorial effort only ups the ante. The movie stars Olivia Thirlby, John Krasinski, Dylan McDermott,
and Rosemarie DeWitt
in this tale of (get this) romance in LA's Silver Lake neighborhood.
I'm really not sure what to expect from Rick Alverson
's Brooklyn hipster comedy that stars indie vet Kate Lyn Sheil
(Silver Bullets, The Color Wheel, You're Next, Green
) alongside Tim Heidecker
and Eric Wareheim
(yep, that Tim & Eric!).
's coming of age story of a 38 year-old man confined to an iron lung has one hell of a cast led by John Hawkes, Helen Hunt,
and William H. Macy
World Dramatic Competition
follows up his quirky hit Rubber
with this story of a man searching for his lost dog, encountering a pizza-delivering nymphomaniac, a jogging-addict, a French Mexican gardener, and a pet detective along the way. Jack Plotnick, Steve Little,
and William Fichtner
ABOUT THE PINK SKY
directs Sundance's lone feature contribution from Japan; a black and white story of a school girl who finds a wallet loaded with yen.
(Nascimento from the Elite Squad
films) stars as a man traveling across Brazil in search of his runaway son.
WISH YOU WERE HERE
star Joel Edgerton
stars as a man struggling to cope with a friend's disappearance in Kieran Darcy-Smith
's nonlinear feature debut.
THE LAST ELVIS
's feature debut tells the story of a Buenos Aires Elvis impersonator (played by real life Elvis impersonator John McInerny
) coming to grips with the truth that he might not really be The King.
MY BROTHER THE DEVIL
Sally El Hosaini
directs her debut feature about two brothers struggling to find their way in London's Arab gangland.
Check back for more of our entries in our Park City Preview, soon!
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