Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut and Amanda Seyfried's Linda Lovelace film are among the highlights of the star-studded lineup.
Building more anticipation to its 2013 edition, Sundance Film Festival announces its Premieres lineup that compiles a list of starry movies. Among those which make it to the short list are Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic "Jobs", Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut "Don Jon's Addiction", and Amanda Seyfried's Linda Lovelace film "Lovelace".
Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic, which has been sucking people's attention since it was announced last April, will serve as the Closing Night Film. Sundance's director of programming, Trevor Groth, says that "Jobs" is picked to close the event because "there's something inspirational about it."
"To see what he achieved by just like staying true to his vision is something that, you know, I think a lot of people can relate to and get hope from," Groth continues. He also believes that the Jobs biopic will surely attract plenty of buyers, executives and agents during the much-awaited festival.
Kutcher also receives good words from festival's director John Cooper. "Ashton Kutcher's performance I thought was quite remarkable," Cooper gushes. "It's a very formidable performance by him and it seemed like he really tried to grasp all the nuances of who Steve Jobs was."
Back to the star-studded lineup, Nicole Kidman's intense thriller "Stoker" and Dakota Fanning's drama "Very Good Girls" are among the other highlights. Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks' touching drama "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete", as well as Shia LaBeouf and Rupert Grint's romance film "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" are also included in the list.
Sundance additionally releases a list of films for Documentary Premieres. Among the notable selections, there are Alex Gibney's "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks", Dave Grohl's "Sound City", and Alison Ellwood's "History of the Eagles".
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival will include 113 feature-length films from 32 countries and 51 first-time filmmakers, including 27 in competition. The event will run from January 17-27.
- "A.C.O.D." / U.S. (Director: Stuart Zicherman, Screenwriters: Ben Karlin, Stuart Zicherman) Cast: Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clark Duke.
- "Before Midnight" / U.S. (Director: Richard Linklater, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater) Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Ariane Labed, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick.
- "Big Sur" / U.S. (Director and screenwriter: Michael Polish) Cast: Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, Anthony Edwards, Henry Thomas.
- "Breathe In" / U.S. (Director: Drake Doremus, Screenwriters: Drake Doremus, Ben York Jones) Cast: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, Mackenzie Davis.
- "Don Jon's Addiction" / U.S. (Director and screenwriter: Joseph Gordon-Levitt) Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Rob Brown.
- "The East" / U.S. (Director: Zal Batmanglij, Screenwriters: Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling) Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Patricia Clarkson.
- "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" / U.S. (Director: George Tillman Jr., Screenwriter: Michael Starrbury) Cast: Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Anthony Mackie, Jeffrey Wright.
- "Jobs" / U.S. (Director: Joshua Michael Stern, Screenwriter: Matt Whiteley) Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, Matthew Modine. CLOSING NIGHT FILM
- "The Look of Love" / United Kingdom (Director: Michael Winterbottom, Screenwriter: Matt Greenhalgh) Cast: Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots, Tamsin Egerton.
- "Lovelace" / U.S. (Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Screenwriter: Andy Bellin) Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, James Franco, Sharon Stone.
- "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" / U.S. (Director: Fredrik Bond, Screenwriter: Matt Drake) Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, James Buckley, Til Schweiger.
- "Prince Avalanche" / U.S. (Director and screenwriter: David Gordon Green) Cast: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch.
- "Stoker" / U.S. (Director: Park Chan-Wook, Screenwriter: Wentworth Miller) Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver, Nicole Kidman.
- "Sweetwater" / U.S. (Directors: Logan Miller, Noah Miller, Screenwriter: Andrew McKenzie) Cast: Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Eduardo Noriega, Steven Rude, Amy Madigan.
- "Top of the Lake" / Australia, New Zealand (Directors: Jane Campion, Garth Davis, Screenwriters: Jane Campion, Gerard Lee) Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan, David Wenham. This six-hour film will screen once during the Festival.
- "Two Mothers" / Australia, France (Director: Anne Fontaine, Screenwriter: Christopher Hampton) Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright Penn, Xavier Samuel, James Frechevile.
- "Very Good Girls" / U.S. (Director and screenwriter: Naomi Foner) Cast: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin.
- "The Way, Way Back" / U.S. (Directors and screenwriters: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash) Cast: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Liam James.
- "ANITA" / U.S. (Director: Freida Mock)
- "The Crash Reel" / U.S. (Director: Lucy Walker) SALT LAKE CITY GALA FILM
- "History of the Eagles" / U.S. (Director: Alison Ellwood)
- "Linsanity" / U.S.. (Director: Evan Leong)
- "Pandora's Promise" / U.S. (Director: Robert Stone)
- "Running from Crazy" / U.S. (Director: Barbara Kopple)
- "Sound City" / U.S. (Director: Dave Grohl)
- "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" / U.S.(Director: Alex Gibney)
- "When I Walk" / U.S., Canada (Director: Jason DaSilva)
- "Which Way is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington" / U.S. (Director: Sebastian Junger)
- "The World According to Dick Cheney" / U.S. (Directors: R.J. Cutler, Greg Finton)