By Brian Brooks | Indiewire December 21, 2009 at 9:29AM
The Sundance Film Festival has added three more films to its slate. Gurinder Chadha's "It's A Wonderful Afterlife" Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are Alright" and Galt Niederhoffer's "The Romantics" will screen out of competition at the fest taking place January 21 - 31 in Park City, Utah.
"When the opportunity to screen the latest films from three extremely innovative storytellers presented itself, we knew we could not deny our audiences," said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival in a statement. "As an added bonus, all three are alumni of the festival, so we are thrilled to be able to support them returning to Sundance with their newest work."
The films with descriptions provided by Sundance Institute:
"It's a Wonderful Afterlife" (Director: Gurinder Chadha; Screenwriters: Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha)--A comedy centered on an Indian mother who discovers that finding the perfect son-in-law can be murder. Cast: Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sally Hawkins.
Chadha has screened three films at the Sundance Film Festival: "Bend it Like Beckham" (2003), "What's Cooking?" (2000) and the short film "I'm British But..." (1992)
"The Kids are Alright" (Director: Lisa Cholodenko; Screenwriters: Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko) - Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their birth father into their family life. Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening.
Cholodenko received the 1998 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance for "High Art" and screened "Laurel Canyon" at the 2003 festival.
"The Romantics" (Director and screenwriter: Galt Niederhoffer, based on her novel) - "The Romantics," a zeitgeist love story and generational comedy, takes place over the course of one night at a deluxe seaside wedding. Cast: Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Elijah Wood, Candice Bergen, Jeremy Strong, Dianna Agron.
Niederhoffer received the 2007 Sundance Audience Award for producing "Grace is Gone." She also produced the Sundance Film Festival films "Lonesome Jim," "Dedication," "Diminished Capacity," "Birds of America" and "Hurricane."