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New Films Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Sean Penn Added to Sundance Film Festival Lineup

By Devin Lee Fuller | Indiewire December 19, 2011 at 4:00PM

The lineup now includes "Predisposed," a feature adaptation of the 2009 Sundance short. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan and Melissa Leo.
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Jesse Eisenberg and Tracy Morgan in "Predisposed."

Sundance has added four films to the 2012 festival schedule.

“Each of these four films is an accomplishment in its own right, and collectively, their addition to our program allows us to present a broader look at independent filmmaking." said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. "With these four films, we will present a total of 117 feature-length films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival – a strong indication of the vitality of the independent film community.”

The four new films are listed below:

PREMIERES 

Predisposed / U.S.A. (Directors & Screenwriters: Philip Dorling, Ron Nyswaner) — Eli Smith, a piano prodigy, is dealing with his troubled mother and enlisting help from a hapless drug dealer on the day he has an audition for a prestigious music program. Events spiral comically out of control as this gang of misfits faces the mistakes of the past, the challenges of the future, and the possibilities of love. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Ramos, Isiah Whitlock Jr. World Premiere. 

SPOTLIGHT 

Oslo, August 31st / Norway (Director: Joachim Trier, Screenwriters: Eskil Vogt & Joachim Trier based on a novel by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle) — One man, one city, 24 hours. Oslo, August 31st is a portrait of contemporary Oslo. A visually striking and quietly shattering drama about a man in deep existential crisis. Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, Tone B. Mostraum. 

This Must Be The Place / Italy, France, Ireland (Director: Paolo Sorrentino, Screenwriter: Umberto Contarello, Paolo Sorrentino) — A bored, retired rock star sets out to find his father's executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S. Cast: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch. North American Premiere 

PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT 

John Dies at the End / U.S.A. (Director: Don Coscarelli, Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli, based on a novel by David Wong) — On the street they call it Soy Sauce – a drug that allows users to drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Can John and David stop the oncoming horror? No. They can't. Cast: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman. World Premiere

Non-Competition Lineups:
Premieres
Documentary Premieres
Park City at Midnight
Spotlight
NEXT
New Frontiers
Native Showcase / From the Collection

Competition Lineups:
U.S. Dramatic Competition
U.S. Documentary Competition
World Cinema Dramatic Competition
World Cinema Documentary Competition
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horts Lineup

This article is related to: Sundance Film Festival, Melissa Leo, Jesse Eisenberg, Joachim Trier, Sean Penn, This Must Be The Place, Oslo, August 31st, Predisposed, Paolo Sorrentino







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