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Sundance Film Festival Reveals 2014 Spotlight and Midnight Lineups

December 06, 2013 06:00:42 GMT

The festival adds Tom Hiddleston's 'Only Lovers Left Alive', Elijah Wood's 'Cooties', Forest Whitaker's 'Ernest and Celestine', and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'hitRECord on TV' to the lineup.


Sundance Film Festival Reveals 2014 Spotlight and Midnight Lineups
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More films scheduled to be screened at the upcoming 2014 Sundance Film Festival have been revealed. After its competition slate was announced, the Sundance Institute now reveals lineups for Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Sundance Kids, and New Frontier Films.

The Spotlight which is dedicated to "the cinema we love" includes such movies as Tom Hiddleston's vampire romance drama "Only Lovers Left Alive", Jesse Eisenberg's comedy "The Double (2014)", and Tom Hardy's drama thriller "Locke".

In the Midnight section, Elijah Wood's comedy horror "Cooties", Dan Stevens' psychological thriller "The Guest", and Laurence Fishburne's sci-fi thriller Signal among others are listed to keep viewers edge-seated and wide awake.

An adaptation of children's book "Ernest & Celestine" starring Forest Whitaker and Mackenzie Foy is one of the two Sundance Kids films, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "hitRECord on TV" is among the New Frontier Films.

The Festival will take place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. "The films in the sections announced today round out our 2014 Sundance Film Festival program and further reflect the depth and diversity of modern independent filmmaking that will satisfy everyone from festival fledglings to fanatics," says Sundance director of programming Trevor Groth.

SPOTLIGHT:

"Blue Ruin" / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier) - A mysterious outsider's quiet life turns upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Cast: Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves.

"The Double (2014)" / United Kingdom (Director: Richard Ayoade, Screenwriter: Avi Korine) - Simon is a timid and isolated man who is overlooked at work. He is soon driven insane by his confident doppelganger James. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska.

"Ida" / Poland (Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, Screenwriters: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz) - Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska.

"Locke" / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Steven Knight) - Unfolding in real time, the film is a gripping story of choices, consequences, and a man who risks everything he holds dear to do the right thing. Cast: Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson.

"The Lunchbox" / India, France, Germany (Director and screenwriter: Ritesh Batra) - A mistake made by the dabbawallahs, Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system, connects a young housewife to a stranger in the dusk of his life. Through notes in the lunchbox, the two build a fantasy world that gradually threatens to overwhelm their reality. Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur.

"Only Lovers Left Alive" / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jim Jarmusch) - Set against the desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground vampire musician, depressed by the direction the world is taking, reunites with his lover. Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton.

"R100" / Japan (Director and screenwriter: Hitoshi Matsumoto) - A mild-mannered family man with a secret taste for S&M finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrices - each with a unique talent - in this hilarious and bizarre take on the sex comedy from Japanese comic mastermind Hitoshi Matsumoto. Cast: Nao Ohmori, Lindsay Kay Hayward.

"Stranger by the Lake" / France (Director and screenwriter: Alain Guiraudie) - Frank meets Michel and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, they become the primary suspects. Cast: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou.

PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT:

"The Babadook" / Australia (Director and screenwriter: Jennifer Kent) - A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman.

"Cooties" / U.S.A. (Directors: Jonathan Millott, Cary Murnion, Screenwriters: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan) - A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school and transforms the students into a feral swarm of mass savages. Cast: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson.

"Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead" / Norway (Director: Tommy Wirkola, Screenwriters: Tommy Wirkola, Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel) - The gruesome Nazi Zombies are back to finish their mission, but our hero is not willing to die. He is gathering his own army to give them a final fight. Cast: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen.

"The Guest" / U.S.A. (Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett) - A soldier on leave befriends the family of a fallen comrade. He soon becomes a threat to everyone around him when it's revealed he's not who he says he is. Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe.

"Killers (2014)" / Japan, Indonesia (Directors: The Mo Brothers, Screenwriters: Timo Tjahjanto, Takuji Ushiyama) - Two serial killers post their violent crimes online in a psychotic battle for notoriety. It soon becomes clear that they will square off with one another face to face. Cast: Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara.

"The Signal (2014)" / U.S.A. (Director: William Eubank, Screenwriters: William Eubank, Carlyle Eubank, David Frigerio) - Three college students disappear under mysterious circumstances while tracking a computer hacker through the Southwest. Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites.

"Under the Electric Sky" (EDC 2013) / U.S.A. (Directors: Dan Cutforth, Jill Lipsitz) - This 3D film chronicles the love, community, and life of festivalgoers during Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, the largest music festival in the U.S.

"What We Do in the Shadows" / New Zealand, U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement) - This mockumentary follows the struggles of a group of New Zealand-based vampires to understand modern society and adapt to the ever-changing world around them. Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi.

SUNDANCE KIDS:

"Ernest & Celestine" / France, Belgium, Luxembourg (Directors: Benjamin Renner, Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Screenwriter: Daniel Pennac) - Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer. When she nearly ends up as breakfast for a bear named Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond that is quickly challenged by their respective communities. Cast: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy. World Premiere (English version).

"Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang" / Spain (Director: Oskar Santos, Screenwriters: Francisco Roncal, Jorge Lara, Oskar Santos) - Zip and Zap are punished by being sent to a re-education center. Guided by intelligence, they uncover a mysterious secret hidden deep within the school and end up having the most exciting adventure of their lives. Cast: Javier Gutierrez, Daniel Cerezo. U.S. Premiere.

NEW FRONTIER FILMS:

"The Better Angels" / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: A.J. Edwards) - Set in the harsh wilderness of Indiana, this is the story of Abraham Lincoln's youth. It tells of the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger. World Premiere.

"The Girl from Nagasaki" / Germany, U.S.A., Japan, Italy (Director: Michel Comte, Screenwriters: Anne-Marie Mackay, Ayako Yoshida, Michel Comte) - This 3D feature film production of the classic Puccini opera Madame Butterfly is directed by world-renowned photographer Michel Comte. It's a modern-day tale that starts with the young madame emerging from the ashes of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki. Cast: Christopher Lee, Sasha Alexander. International Premiere.

"hitRECord on TV" / U.S.A. (Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt) - A new kind of variety show with host Joseph Gordon-Levitt directing a global online community of artists as they create short films, music, animation, and more. Anybody with an Internet connection is invited to contribute, and each episode focuses on a different theme. World Premiere.

"Living Stars" / Argentina (Directors: Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat) - Argentinians open their homes to the public and perform dance numbers they normally only do alone, in front of a mirror. The directors portray them in their houses, with improvised sets, revealing a collection of urban curiosities. World Premiere.

"Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People" / U.S.A. (Director: Thomas Allen Harris, Screenwriters: Thomas Allen Harris, Don Perry, Paul Carter Harrison) - Through a Lens Darkly is an epic film that moves poetically between the present and the past through the work of contemporary photographers and artists. World Premiere.

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