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Sundance 2014: The Next <=> Lineup

Sundance 2014: The Next <=> Lineup

11 American films offer bold new approaches to storytelling and foreshadow the future of American cinema.

Appropriate Behavior / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director
and screenwriter: Desiree Akhavan) — Shirin is struggling to become an ideal
Persian daughter, a politically correct bisexual, and a hip, young Brooklynite,
but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to
hold on to can be a lonely experience. Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca
Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit, Anh Duong, Arian Moayed. World Premiere
 

Drunktown’s Finest / U.S.A. (Director and
screenwriter: Sydney Freeland) — Three young Native Americans—a rebellious
father-to-be, a devout Christian woman, and a promiscuous transsexual—come of
age on an Indian reservation. Cast: Jeremiah Bitsui, Carmen Moore,
Morningstar Angeline, Kiowa Gordon, Shauna Baker, Elizabeth Francis.

World Premiere 

The Foxy Merkins / U.S.A. (Director: Madeleine
Olnek, Screenwriters: Lisa Haas, Jackie Monahan,
Madeleine Olnek) — Two lesbian hookers work the streets of New York. One is a
down-on-her-luck newbie; the other is a beautiful—and straight—grifter who’s an
expert on picking up women. Together they face bargain-hunting housewives,
double-dealing conservative women, and each other in this prostitute buddy
comedy. Cast: Lisa Haas, Jackie Monahan, Alex Karpovsky, Susan Ziegler,
Sally Sockwell, Deb Margolin.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at
Night
/ U.S.A.
(Director and screenwriter: Ana Lily Amirpour) — In the Iranian ghost town Bad
City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, depraved denizens are unaware
they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash
Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnó, Milad Eghbali.
World Premiere

Imperial Dreams / U.S.A. (Director: Malik Vitthal,
Screenwriters: Malik Vitthal, Ismet Prcic) — A 21-year-old, reformed gangster’s
devotion to his family and his future are put to the test when he is released
from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles. Cast:
John Boyega, Rotimi Akinosho, Glenn Plummer, Keke Palmer, De’aundre Bonds.

World Premiere

Land Ho! / U.S.A., Iceland (Directors and
screenwriters: Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz) — A pair of ex-brothers-in-law set
off to Iceland in an attempt to reclaim their youth through Reykjavik
nightclubs, trendy spas, and rugged campsites. This bawdy adventure is a
throwback to 1980s road comedies, as well as a candid exploration of aging,
loneliness, and friendship. Cast: Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Nelson, Alice Olivia
Clarke, Karrie Krouse, Elizabeth McKee, Emmsjé Gauti.
World Premiere

Listen Up Philip / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter:
Alex Ross Perry) — A story about changing seasons and changing attitudes, a
newly accomplished writer faces mistakes and miseries affecting those around him,
including his girlfriend, her sister, his idol, his idol’s daughter, and all
the ex-girlfriends and enemies that lie in wait on the open streets of New
York. Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten
Ritter, Josephine de La Baume. World Premiere

Memphis / U.S.A. (Director and
screenwriter: Tim Sutton) — A strange singer drifts through the mythic city of
Memphis, surrounded by beautiful women, legendary musicians, a stone-cold
hustler, a righteous preacher, and a wolf pack of kids. Under a canopy of
ancient oak trees and burning spirituality, his doomed journey breaks from
conformity and reaches out for glory. Cast: Willis Earl Beal, Lopaka Thomas,
Constance Brantley, Devonte Hull, John Gary Williams, Larry Dodson. World
Premiere
 

Obvious Child / U.S.A. (Director and
screenwriter: Gillian Robespierre) — An honest comedy about what happens when
Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern gets dumped, fired, and pregnant, just in time
for the worst/best Valentine’s Day of her life. Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake
Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman, Richard Kind.
World Premiere

Ping Pong Summer / U.S.A. (Director and
screenwriter: Michael Tully) — 1985. Ocean City, Maryland. Summer vacation. Rap
music. Parachute pants. Ping pong. First crushes. Best friends. Mean bullies.
Weird mentors. That awkward, momentous time in your life when you’re treated
like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know deep down you’re as
funky fresh as it gets. Cast: Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy
Sedaris, Robert Longstreet, Marcello Conte.
World Premiere

War Story / U.S.A. (Director: Mark Jackson,
Screenwriters: Kristin Gore, Mark Jackson) — A war photographer retreats to a
small town in Sicily after being held captive during the conflict in Libya. Cast:
Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi, Vincenzo Amato, Donatella Finocchiaro, Ben
Kingsley.
World
Premiere


2014 Competition Lineup:

U.S Dramatic Competition

U.S. Documentary Competition

World Dramatic Competition

World Documentary Competition


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2014 Out of Competition:

Premieres

Documentary Premieres

New Frontier Films

Park City at Midnight

Spotlight

Sundance Kids

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