Sundance 2014: Premieres

Sundance 2014: Premieres

Premieres of 16 of the most anticipated features of the upcoming year. 

Calvary / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director
and screenwriter: John Michael McDonagh) — Calvary
is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his
community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better
place. When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has
to battle the dark forces closing in around him. Cast: Brendan Gleeson,
Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Marie-Josée Croz

Frank / Ireland, United
Kingdom (Director: Lenny Abrahamson, Screenwriters: Jon Ronson, Peter
Straughan) — Frank is an offbeat comedy
about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an
avant garde rock band led by the enigmatic Frank—a musical genius who hides
himself inside a large fake head. Cast:
Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy

Hits / U.S.A. (Director and
screenwriter: David Cross) — A small town in upstate New York is populated by
people who wallow in unrealistic expectations. There, fame, delusion,
earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around
them. Cast: Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Derek Waters, Wyatt
Cenac, Jake Cherry

U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Mike Cahill) — A molecular biologist and his lab partner uncover
startling evidence that could fundamentally change society as we know it and
cause them to question their once-certain beliefs in science and spirituality. Cast:
Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, Archie Panjabi

Laggies / U.S.A. (Director: Lynn Shelton,
Screenwriter: Andrea Seigel) — Laggies
is a coming of age story about a 28-year-old woman stuck in
permanent adolescence. Unable to find her career calling, still hanging out
with the same friends, and living with her high school boyfriend, Megan must
finally navigate her own future when an unexpected marriage proposal sends her
into a panic. Cast: Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ellie
Kemper, Jeff Garlin, Mark Webber.

/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Sara Colangelo) In a
small American coal town living in the shadow of a recent mining accident, the
disappearance of a teenage boy draws three people together—a surviving miner,
the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy—in a web of secrets. Cast:
Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, Josh Lucas

is Strange
U.S.A. (Director: Ira Sachs, Screenwriters: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias) — After 39 years
together, Ben and George finally tie the knot, but George loses his job as a
result, and the newlyweds must sell their New York apartment and live apart,
relying on friends and family to make ends meet. Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred
Molina, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson, Marisa Tomei

Most Wanted Man
/ Germany, U.S.A. (Director: Anton Corbijn, Screenwriter: Andrew
Bovell) — Based on John le Carré’s bestselling book, Anton Corbijn directs this
modern-day thriller with Academy Award–winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman,
Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, and two-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe
headlining an ensemble cast. Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams,
Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe.

Offerman: American Ham
/ U.S.A. (Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Screenwriter: Nick
This live taping of Nick Offerman’s hilarious one-man show at New York’s
historic Town Hall theater features a collection of anecdotes, songs, and
woodworking/oral sex techniques. The routine includes Offerman’s 10 tips for
living a more prosperous life, so hearken well. Cast: Nick Offerman

The One I Love / U.S.A. (Director: Charlie McDowell, Screenwriter: Justin Lader) — Struggling with a marriage on the brink of falling apart, a couple escapes for the weekend in pursuit of their better selves, only to discover an unusual dilemma waiting for them. Cast: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson.

Raid 2
/ Indonesia (Director and screenwriter: Gareth Evans) — Picking
up where the first film left off, The Raid 2
follows Rama as he goes
undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in
order to protect his family and expose the corruption in his own police force. Cast:
Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Alex Abbad

Rudderless / U.S.A. (Director:
William H. Macy, Screenwriters: Casey Twenter, Jeff Robison, William H. Macy) —
When a grieving father in a downward spiral stumbles upon a box of his deceased
son’s original music, he forms a rock ‘n’ roll band, which changes his life. Cast:
Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence
Fishburne, William H. Macy

Came Together
U.S.A. (Director: David Wain, Screenwriters: Michael Showalter, David Wain) — This
subversion/spoof/deconstruction of the romantic comedy genre has a vaguely, but
not overtly, Jewish leading man, a klutzy, but adorable, leading lady, and New
York City itself as another character in the story. Cast: Amy Poehler, Paul
Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, Christopher Meloni

Trip to Italy
United Kingdom (Director: Michael Winterbottom, Screenwriters: Rob Brydon,
Steve Coogan, Michael Winterbottom) — Michael Winterbottom reunites Steve Coogan and Rob
Brydon for more delectable food, some sharp-elbowed rivalry, and plenty of
laughs. Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon

Voices Inside
/ U.S.A., Germany (Director: Marjane Satrapi, Screenwriter:
Michael Perry) This genre-bending tale centers around Jerry Hickfang, a
lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for attention from a woman in
accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry’s
evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path
where he ultimately finds salvation. Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton,
Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver

Bird in a Blizzard
/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Gregg Araki) — Based on the
acclaimed novel by Laura Kasischke, White Bird in a Blizzard
tells the story of Kat Connors, a
young woman whose life is turned upside down by the sudden disappearance of her
beautiful, enigmatic mother. Cast: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher
Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane

/ U.S.A.
(Director and screenwriter: Jake Paltrow) — When a series of events is set into motion,
altering his young life forever, Jerome is forced to make choices that no child
should ever have to make. Cast: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle
Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee

2014 Competition Lineup:

U.S Dramatic Competition

U.S. Documentary Competition

World Dramatic Competition

World Documentary Competition


2014 Out of Competition:


Documentary Premieres

New Frontier Films

Park City at Midnight


Sundance Kids

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Jamie T D

Frank, White Bird in a Blizzard and The Raid 2 are the films I am looking forward to. Hopefully they will all come to Sundance London.

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