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Sundance 2013 Wishlist: 25 Films We Hope Will Head To Park City

"Before Midnight"
"Before Midnight," directed by Richard Linklater
Even since it was announced in September that Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy had completed the second sequel in their immensely beloved "Before Sunrise/set" series, "Before Midnight," it quickly became a strong contender for Sundance (and for the most anticipated indie film of 2013). The film sees Delpy and Hawke reprise their roles of Celine and Jesse in the film, which takes place nine years after 2004's "Sunset" and was shot in Messinia, Greece. In a statement back in September, Linklater, Hawke and Delpy said of the film and their collaboration:  "It's great to be back together again, this time in beautiful Greece to revisit the lives of Celine and Jesse nine years after Jesse was about to miss his flight." Were it to world premiere in Park City, it would come 18 years after "Before Sunrise" did the same. [Peter Knegt]

"Blue Caprice," directed by Alexandre Moors
While "Blue Caprice" may be Alexandre Moors' feature film debut behind the camera, Moors has long had a hand in directing well-received and much-discussed music videos and commercials. His latest project, starring Isaiah Washington, has already amassed a fair amount of buzz despite maintaining a low profile. The film will tackle the real-life story of the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks in Washington, D.C. from the perspective of the perpetrators; the cast features Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson, and Leo Fitzpatrick. [Justin Krajeski]

"Can a Song Save Your Life?" directed by John Carney
With Maroon 5 crooner Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green in its cast, "Can a Song Save Your Life?" is sure to boast more judges of NBC's The Voice than any other 2013 Sundance contender. Also on the roster of this New York City music drama are Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and, just to up the film's music credentials another notch, Mos Def. Director John Carney's earlier film "Once," about a busking guitarist in Dublin, screened in Park City in 2007. [Christopher Pomorski]

"The Canyons"
"The Canyons," directed by Paul Schrader
With a pair of lurid grindhouse-style trailers to its name and a personnel list that includes Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, "The Canyons" might not seem like a natural fit for Park City. But wait, there's more. Art house veteran Paul Schrader helms this noir-flavored Los Angeles tale of glamor, sex and surveillance, and with Gus Van Sant rounding out the cast, "The Canyons" might turn out to have just the sort of indie pedigree Sundance selection committees look kindly upon.  [Christopher Pomorski]

"Carrie," directed by Kimberly Pierce
It's hard to believe, but Kimberly Pierce -- a filmmaker synonymous with the independent film movement -- has never had a film play at the Sundance Film Festival. Her big indie breakout "Boys Don't Cry" premiered at the Venice Film Festival of all places, while her follow-up "Stop-Loss" first bowed at SXSW. So wouldn't it be ironic if her first stab at the mainstream, her anticipated remake of Brian De Palma's seminal horror classic "Carrie," marks her first effort to bring her to Park City. Without Pierce's pedigree, and that of one of its stars Julianne Moore (who has some serious indie cred), "Carrie" wouldn't have made our cut given that Screen Gems and MGM are distributing it wide this coming March. But given that the festival's played host to some higher profile premieres over the past several years -- "Cedar Rapids," anyone? -- the odds are looking in "Carrie"'s favor. [Nigel M. Smith]

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21 Comments

  • HJ | November 27, 2012 6:28 PMReply

    Adam and Dog!

  • Steve | November 27, 2012 8:01 AMReply

    Heard great things about "Friended to Death" too. Hope it makes it in. It's a true indie.

  • Jonathan | November 26, 2012 2:19 PMReply

    It's "Kill YOUR Darlings" not Kill My Darlings.

  • Spmeans | November 25, 2012 11:55 PMReply

    The Coens debuted both "The Hudsucker Proxy" and "The Big Lebowski" at Sundance.

  • Spmeans | November 25, 2012 11:55 PMReply

    The Coens debuted both "The Hudsucker Proxy" and "The Big Lebowski" at Sundance.

  • twinstarg | November 25, 2012 11:25 PMReply

    A while ago I read a fantastic book by DW Gibson called Not Working and know that there's a companion documentary in the works. Have to imagine it's made it into Sundance's 'slush pile' by now. Hope so because I'd love to see it this January!!

  • Starsforarms | November 25, 2012 5:06 AMReply

    I saw the trailer for a doc called Next Goal Wins which looked hilarious. Hope to see it there!

  • Alu | November 24, 2012 4:22 PMReply

    Great list, particularly excited for GBF, Before Midnight, Can a Song Change Your Life?, Kill Your Darlings, Lovelace, and Franco's Forty Minutes. Just a minor correction: GBF stands for "gay best friend", not "gay boyfriend." :)

  • Marshall North | November 22, 2012 6:59 PMReply

    How about Backgammon, which is directed by Francisco Orvananos and stars Brittany Allen, Noah Silver and Alex Beh? http://backgammonfilm.com/

  • Ed | November 22, 2012 8:47 AMReply

    @DEEJ. Sundance hasn't been an independent festival in 15 years. This list is comprised of far too many "Hollywood" films helmed by veteran/established/mainstream directors. Of the films that are not Hollywood productions using the Sundance brand to market their spring releases, we're left with a handful of banal genre pieces by mediocre filmmakers in a very crowded and jaded lineup. The 90's brought us a renaissance that birthed the careers of some of the greatest and most original voices in cinematic history. The last ten years have given us mumbleBORE, pompous neo-realist "awkward white people" films, and the Duplass Brothers. Sundance might as well be a Hollywood Studio. To be fair, the studios have bankrupted and stripped many of the middle road, "indie" subsidiaries and the festivals are almost forced to keep premiering films from mediocre previous classes. 50,000 films produced every year and barley a film on the list by a true first time filmmaker. If you want daring, bold, and original content by independent filmmakers than Sundance should be the very last place you look. Supporters will point to "Beasts" as evidence of their discovery of a MAJOR new talent, and I'd applaud them for as much, but he's one filmmaker in 15 years IMHO.

  • Marshall North | November 22, 2012 7:01 PM

    I agree with Ed that there are FAR TOO MANY established, mainstream Hollywood stars and directors on your list!

  • ian | November 22, 2012 1:02 AMReply

    I think it's highly likely that James Franco will debut his adapation of Cormac McCarthy's Child of God at Sundance, probably in competition. (Heck, he already shot another feature since; As I Lay Dying)

    Both Mathew Weiner and Nat Faxon/Jim Rash have stated that they intend both The Way, Way Back and I am Here to debut at Sundance. Ditto, Joseph Gordon Levitt's Don Jon's Addiction.

    It's also highly likely that The Necessary Deaths of Charlie Countryman will debut at Sundance. (It's been locked for awhile) Ditto Gods Behaving Badly.

  • Mitchell | November 21, 2012 9:39 PMReply

    How about "The East", the new film from the Zal Batmanglij/Brit Marling team, starring Marling, Alexander Skarsgaard and Ellen Page?

  • Bob Giovanelli | November 21, 2012 6:34 PMReply

    "Boys Don't Cry" was shown at Sundance in a special work-in-progress highlight-reel kind of screening, when it had a different title shortly after it wrapped.

  • Luke | November 21, 2012 2:26 PMReply

    Toy's House!!!

  • Luke | November 21, 2012 2:26 PMReply

    Toy's House!!!

  • RK | November 21, 2012 2:08 PMReply

    I love that you guys are still using that Sundance photo...

  • Deej | November 21, 2012 1:07 PMReply

    Will there ever be an Asian American "indie" at Sundance (besides Better Luck Tomorrow). Or, any film with an Asian American cast ... Enought of the DIY-hipster-OWS filmmakers....please.

  • Charlie | November 21, 2012 1:01 PMReply

    The Big Lebowski premiered at Sundance.

  • CHAT N' OOGA | November 21, 2012 12:59 PMReply

    It'd be a bummer if the "The Spectacular Now" doesn't make it in. It's directed by James Ponsolt (the guy who made "Smashed", which was phenomenal) and written by the "(500) Days of Summer" duo. Plus, it's got teenage drinking and Shailene Woodley. It's like a Sundance superbaby. And I mean that in a good way.

  • Ryan | November 21, 2012 12:45 PMReply

    Surprised one of the most obvious to be there, in my opinion, isn't on this list, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don John's Addiction.