By Eric Eidelstein | Indiewire March 5, 2014 at 11:00AM
The third annual Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) in Idaho begins next week starting off with a screening of the Ed Harris and Annette Bening drama "The Face of Love." In addition to the narratives, documentaries and shorts that will be premiering, SVFF will also hold a special screening of Kevin Smith's "Clerks" in honor of its 20th anniversary. The festival runs March 13-16.
Check out the full lineup of films below (descriptions courtesy of SVFF):
Directed by Arie Posin and written by Posin and Matthew McDuffie
Cast: Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams, Amy Brennerman, Jess Weixler
Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Harris), Nikki (Bening) meets a man who seems his exact duplicate and yet he is a stranger. Romance blossoms between Nikki and this alluring doppelgänger, but she can't bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him, hiding photos and preventing him from meeting friends and family. Still, she can't resist taking him to all the old
haunts. It isn't a question of if the truth will come out, but when.
Directed and written by Jeremy Saulnier
Cast: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack
Dwight Evans is a mysterious outsider whose quiet life on the margins is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. "Blue Ruin" is a classic American revenge story that won the FIPRESCI Prize in the Directors' Fortnight program at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Directed and written by James Ward Byrkit
Cast: Nicholas Brendon, Hugo Armstrong, Elizabeth Gracen, Emily Baldoni
A mind-bending puzzle that twists logical thought to the breaking point. A group of friends gather on the night a strange celestial object passes overhead, causing reality and relationships to fracture.
"Hide Your Smiling Faces"
Directed and written by Daniel Patrick Carbone
Cast: Ryan Jones, Nathan Varnson, Colm O’Leary
After a neighborhood tragedy, two young brothers – 9-year-old Tommy (Jones) and 14-year-old Eric (Varnson) – confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality. A dreamlike portrait of adolescence unfolding over one hot, hazy summer, "Hide Your Smiling Faces" is a startling debut, exploring rural American life through the distorted lens of youth.
"I Believe in Unicorns"
Directed and written by Leah Meyerhoff
Cast: Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz
Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who escapes often into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. She is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, until the volatile side of his personality begins to emerge. "I Believe in Unicorns" takes us on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love.
"Life's A Breeze"
Directed and written by Lance Daly
Cast: Kelly Thornton, Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt, Eva Birthistle
Thirteen year-old (Thornton), is asked by her uncle Colm (Shortt), to take her Nan (Flanagan) for a day out, so that the family can surprise her with a home makeover. The pair return to find the house transformed, refurnished and redecorated, a great success until Nan announces that her massive life savings were hidden in her mattress which has been dumped during the clean up and nobody has any idea where it is.
"OJ: The Musical"
Directed by written by Jeff Rosenberg
Cast: Jordan Kenneth Kamp, Malcolm Barrett, Larisa Oleynik, Owiso Odera, Mimi Michaels, Paul Scheer, Eddie Steeples, Sarah Hagan
Eugene Olivier is an eccentric theater artist living in NYC, where he has spent the last ten years of his life putting on various musicals to rave reviews. After years of creative triumphs, he decides to move to Los Angeles where he will surprise his two best friends from childhood, Lawrence and Regina, and help them rediscover their now forgotten love for the theater. After pitching them on his brand new OJ Simpson musical, which is loosely based on Othello, Eugene comes to realize that it may not be as easy as he thought to stage the next great American musical.
"Rover (Or Beyond Human: The Venusian Future And The Return of the Next Level)"
Directed by written Tony Blahd
Cast: Liam Torres, Jonathan Randell Silver, Steve Siddell, Natalie Thomas, Reggie Gowland, Jade Fusco
In their dilapidated church headquarters, a greatly diminished and dispirited cult awaits the sign to off themselves. Their hapless leader Dave concocts a plan: to quell infighting and give them purpose in life before their deaths, he fakes a prophecy instructing them to make a movie and share their story with the world. There's just one problem: they don't know the first thing about film production.
"Tu Seras Un Homme"
Directed by Benoît Cohen written Cohen and Eleonore Pourriat
Cast: Aurelio Cohen, Jules Sagot, Eleonore Pourriat, Grégoire Monsaingeon
Leo is 10 and wise beyond his years; a solitary dreamer who seeks refuge in books. When the carefree 20-year-old Theo steps into his life, it forces Leo out of his shell. Despite their age difference, the two becomes best friends, helping each other face up to their responsibilities. But are they ready to face what it means to grow up?
Directed by Mark Jackson and written by Jackson and Kristin Gore
Cast: Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi, Ben Kingsley
Lee (Keener), a war photographer who has spent her adult life in the world’s most treacherous conflict zones, documenting the catastrophes of others, has recently experienced her own horror when she was taken hostage and brutalized in Libya. Instead of returning home where her concerned colleagues and loved ones anxiously await her, she instead detours to Sicily, and holes up in a small hotel to weather her PTSD on her own terms, not far from the home of her former lover and mentor Albert (Kingsley). As Lee struggles to recover from her psychic and physical wounds, she meets Hafsia (Herzi), a young Tunisian migrant in need of an abortion and safe passage to France, who bears a striking resemblance to a Libyan girl Lee photographed just before her capture. Desperate to connect, Lee tries to help Hafsia, and conquer her own formidable demons in the process.
"Words and Pictures"
Directed by Fred Schepisi and written by Gerald DiPego
Cast: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Amy Brennerman, Druce Davison
Owen stars in this playful comic drama as an English teacher who challenges the school’s art teacher (Binoche) to a "war" between words and pictures — and, in the process, sparks an unlikely romance.