Well, we’re just over a week away from things kicking off at the Sundance Film Festival, so expect to be seeing a lot more from the films that will be jostling for attention in Park City. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the latest sneak peeks from a few films that hope to be earning some buzz.
First up, THR has unveiled the trailer for a film that admittedly we didn’t hear much about until this moment, “That’s What She Said.” While the title is pure Michael Scott, the film stars Anne Heche, Alia Shawkat and Marcia De Bonis in the sophomore effort from actress/director Carrie Preston. The story centers on two best friends (Heche and De Bonis) — one looking for love, another just coming out of a relationship — who cross paths with a neurotic New Yorker (Shawkat). The trailer is a nice surprise, warm and witty, and it’s kind of nice to see a movie like this where not everybody looks like they just stepped out of a Cosmo magazine shoot. If there is one downside, you can really get a sense of the low budget in the look of the film, but hopefully the story and performances will push through that. “That’s What She Said” premieres on Friday, January 20th at the Prospector Square Theater. Trailer and images below.
Next up is one film already on our radar, “Safety Not Guaranteed,” a comedy that brings together the talents of Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson. Based on an actual internet meme, the story centers on Darius (Plaza), a journalist looking for a good story, who responds to a serious classfied inquiry by Kenneth (Duplass) who is looking for a time travel companion. She begins to question her beliefs when she soon falls for him and can’t decide whether or not he’s actually building a time machine. Advance buzz on this is good, and we’re eager to see if the comedy powers unite as well as we hope they do. New pics from the film below.
Finally, a poster for a picture that should defy expectations a bit, “The Comedy.” Directed by the very serious Rick Alverson (“New Jerusalem“), the film (improbably) stars Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and LCD Soundsystem leader James Murphy, and centers on a bunch of disaffected, aging, Brooklyn hipsters. Hilarious? Heartfelt? Meta? Somewhere in between? We’ll soon see. A poster for the film via Collider is below.