2002 Sundance Film Festival Premieres
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(indieWIRE/11.28.01) — The Premieres Line up for the 2002 Sundance Film Festival:
“THE LARAMIE PROJECT,” directed by Moises Kaufman (USA), HBO
Opening Night in Salt Lake City
An all-star cast illuminates this dramatization of the Matthew Shepherd
murder case/hate crime in Wyoming.
Cast: Christina Ricci, Laura Linney, Jeremy Davies, Steve Buscemi, Janeane
Garofolo, Camryn Manheim
“THE DANCER UPSTAIRS,” directed by John Malkovich (USA)
Opening Night in Park City
Policeman Agustin Rejas (Javier Bardem) is caught between two forces in his
pursuit to apprehend the famous guerilla leader Ezequiel, the brains behind
a grassroots revolution in South America.
Cast: Javier Bardem, Abel Folk, Juan Diego Botto, Laura Morante, Elvira
Manrique, Lucas Rogriguez
“BIRTHDAY GIRL,” directed by Jez Butterworth (UK), Miramax Films
A thirtysomething bank clerk from St Albans has his small-town life turned
upside down by the arrival of his Russian mail order bride.
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ben Chaplin
“COASTLINES,” directed by Victor Nunez (USA)
An ex-con returns to his Florida hometown after three years to settle a debt
and becomes embroiled in an affair with the wife of his best friend, the
Cast: Josh Brolin, Sarah Wynter, William Forsythe
“CRUSH,” directed by John McKay (German/UK), Sony Pictures Classics
Three women in their forties attempting to create satisfying lives filled
with friendship and love.
Cast: Andie McDowell
“THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS,” directed by Peter Care (USA)
Altar boys tells the story of a group of junior high school friends who are
caught drawing an obscene comic book and who, in turn, plan a heist that
will outdo all their previous stunts and make them local legends in the
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Kieran Culkin, Jena Malone, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jodie
“THE GOOD GIRL,” directed by Miguel Arteta (USA)
A young married woman’s mundane life takes a turn for the worse when she
strikes up an adulterous affair with a colleague, the handsome but disturbed
discount store cashier.
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly, Zoey Deschannel,
“HUMAN NATURE,” directed by Michael Gondry (France/USA), Fine Line Features
A woman is in love with a man in love with another woman. All three have
designs on a young man raised as an ape.
Cast: Tim Robbins, Patricia Arquette, Rhys Ifan
“HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS,” directed by Mira Nair (USA), HBO
The story of three women attempting to build relationships and to find
meaning in their lives within the cutural boundaries of Bayonne, New Jersey
Cast: Ben Gazzara, Juliette Lewis, Uma Thurman, Gena Rowlands, Bobby
Tisdale, Justin Chambers
“JERRY,” directed by Gus Van Sant (USA)
Haunting and suspenseful metaphorical tale about two male friends in the
Cast: Matt Damon, Casey Affleck
“THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE,” directed by Brett Morgen & Nanette Burstein (USA), Documentary
“The Kid Stays in the Picture” traces the meteoric rise, fall, and rise
again of legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans. The film employs first
person narration, clips from classic films, and expressionist photography to
bring the audience on an intimate journey into the mind of this Hollywood
“LA STORY,” directed by Nick Broomfield, Documentary
Notorious documentarian Broomfield journies into the hip-hop gansta rap
world, looking for the answers to the unsolved Biggie Smalls/Tupac Shakur
murders and the ‘east coast/west coast’ feud.
“LUCKY BREAK,” directed by Peter Cattaneo (UK), Paramount
Comedy about a group of prisoners staging ‘Nelson: The Musical’ as part of a
break out plan.
Cast: Olivia Williams, James Nesbitt, Christopher Plummer
“THE MAN FROM ELYSIAN FIELDS,” directed by George Hickenlooper (USA)
A failed novelist’s inability to pay the bills strains relations with his
wife and leads him to work at an escort service where he becomes entwined
with a wealthy woman whose husband is a successful writer.
Cast: Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger, Julianna Margulies, James Coburn, Angelica
Huston, Olivia Williams
“ONE HOUR PHOTO,” directed by Mark Romanek (USA), Fox Searchlight
An employee of a one-hour photo lab becomes obsessed with a young suburban
Cast: Robin Williams
“OUR AMERICA,” directed by Ernest Dickerson (USA)
A true story about two kids from the Chicago ghetto who win a chance to tell
their stories on the local public radio station. Their broadcasts become
more timely when two of their peers are convicted for throwing a
four-year-old out of a 14th-story window.
Cast: Irma P. Hall (“Soul Food”)
“RUN, RONNIE, RUN,” directed by Troy Miller (USA), New Line Cinema
This is an epic tale that follows the rise of one Ronnie Dobbs (Cross), a
belligerent loudmouth who becomes famous after his multiple arrests on a
COPS-style TV show. A nation that comes to love him, later abandons him.
Cast: David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Ben Stiller, David Duchovny
“SKINS,” directed by Chris Eyre (USA)
An inspirational story about the enduring love between two Sioux Indian
brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation with one foot in the
past and one in the present.
Cast: Eric Schweig, Graham Green