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Sundance 2015 Unveils More Lineups: Spotlight, Midnight and New Frontier

Sundance 2015 Unveils More Lineups: Spotlight, Midnight and New Frontier

Following a wave of competition announcements yesterday, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival has revealed its out-of-competition lineups for the Spotlight and Park City at Midnight sections, and the fest’s New Frontier program. The fest runs January 22 to February 1, 2015.

Need to catch up on your 2014 festival films? A solid batch of films in the Spotlight section have already played the 2014 circuit, including bracing, must-see entries “Eden,” “Girlhood,” “The Tribe,” “’71” (starring Brit breakout Jack O’Connell) and 2015 foreign Oscar contenders “White God” and “Wild Tales.”

READ MORE: Sundance Programmers Talk Film Festival 2015 Competition Lineup

In the Midnight section, David Robert Mitchell’s terrifically scary Cannes horror film “It Follows” continues its long festival life alongside new genre films from New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and beyond. Director Rodney Ascher follows his cult doc “Room 237” with the intriguing new docu-horror project “The Nightmare.” “This year’s Park City at Midnight selections have much to offer genre enthusiasts,” said Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for Sundance. “With everything from futuristic fantasies to paranormal nightmares, it’s an all-out trip to the cinematic edge.” 

Meanwhile, the New Frontier section boasts films that experiment with cinematic storytelling, as well as media installations and panels that explore contemporary movie culture. Canadian auteur Guy Maddin premieres his latest foray into avant-weirdness, “The Forbidden Room,” a film and art installation hybrid starring screen legends Geraldine Chaplin, Udo Kier and Charlotte Rampling.


6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia / United Kingdom, Italy (Director: Mark Cousins) — In winter
1921, DH Lawrence and his wife journeyed to Sardinia, and he chronicled their
experiences in Sea and Sardinia. Now, Mark Cousins retraces Lawrence’s
footsteps. The film is conceived partly as a letter to Lawrence — or “Bert” — a
detail that’s typical of the film’s inviting sense of conversational intimacy. International Premiere 

’71 / United Kingdom (Director: Yann
Demange, Screenwriter: Gregory Burke) — ‘71
takes place over a single night in the life of a young British soldier
accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast
in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, he must survive the night alone and
find his way to safety. Cast: Jack O’Connell, Paul Anderson, Richard Dormer,
Sean Harris, Barry Keoghan, Martin McCann

99 Homes / U.S.A. (Director: Ramin
Bahrani, Screenwriters: Ramin Bahrani, Amir Naderi, Bahareh Azimi) — A father
struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for
the greedy real-estate broker who’s the source of his frustration. Cast:
Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Tim Guinee, Cullen Moss, J.D.

Aloft / Spain, France, Canada (Director
and screenwriter: Claudia Llosa) — Aloft tells the story of a struggling
mother, Nana, and her evolution to becoming a renowned healer. When a young
artist tracks down Nana’s son 20 years after she abandoned him, she sets in motion
an encounter between the two that will bring the meaning of their lives into
question. Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent, William Shimell. North American Premiere 

Eden / France (Director: Mia Hansen-Løve,
Screenwriters: Mia Hansen-Løve, Sven Hansen-Løve) — Mia Hansen-Løve’s electronic-dance-music epic
follows the rise and fall of a DJ (based on her brother, Sven, a contemporary
of Daft Punk) who gets into the rave scene in 1994 and spends the next 20 years
navigating the French club scene. Cast: Félix de Givry,
Pauline Etienne, Greta Gerwig, Brady Corbet, Arsinee Khanjian, Vincent Macaigne

Girlhood / France (Director and screenwriter:
Céline Sciamma) — Oppressed by her family, dead-end school prospects, and the
boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group
of free-spirited girls. She changes her name and dress, and quits school to be
accepted in the gang, hoping to find a way to freedom. Cast: Karidja Touré,
Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré, Idrissa Diabaté, Simina Soumaré

The Tribe / Ukraine (Director and
screenwriter: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy) — Set at a Ukrainian boarding school for
the deaf, the film’s narrative unfolds purely through sign language without the
need for employing subtitles or voiceover, resulting in a unique,
never-before-seen cinematic experience that engages the audience on a new
level. Cast: Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Alexander

White God / Hungary (Director:
Kornél Mundruczó, Screenwriters: Kata Wéber, Kornél Mundruczó, Viktória
Petrányi) — When young Lili is forced to give up her beloved dog, Hagen,
because its mixed-breed heritage is deemed “unfit” by The State, she and the
dog begin a dangerous journey back toward each other. Cast: Zsófia Psotta,
Sandor Zsótér, Szabolcs Thuróczy, Lili Monori, László Gálffi, Lili Horváth
U.S. Premiere

Wild Tales / Argentina, Spain (Director and screenwriter: Damián
Szifrón) — Inequality, injustice, and the demands of
the world cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however,
explode. This is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of an
unpredictable reality, the characters of Wild
cross the thin line dividing civilization and barbarism. Cast: Ricardo
Darín, Julieta Zyberberg, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Darío Grandinetti, Erica Rivas, Oscar


Cop Car / U.S.A. (Director: Jon Watts,
Screenwriters: Christopher D. Ford, Jon Watts) — Two 10-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car. Cast: Kevin
Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, Camryn Manheim
. World Premiere

The Hallow / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director: Corin Hardy, Screenwriters:
Corin Hardy, Felipe Marino) — When a London-based conservationist is sent to Ireland to survey
an area of ancient forest believed by the superstitious locals to be hallowed
ground, he unwittingly disturbs a horde of terrifying beings and must fight to
protect his family. Cast: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton,
Michael Smiley
. World Premiere 

Hellions / Canada (Director: Bruce McDonald, Screenwriter: Pascal Trottier)
— Teenage Dora Vogel
must survive a Halloween night from hell when malevolent trick-or-treaters come
knocking at her door. Cast: Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland,
Rachel Wilson, Peter DaCunha, Luke Bilyk
. World Premiere

It Follows / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: David Robert Mitchell) — After a strange sexual
encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the
inescapable sense that something is after her. Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist,
Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe

Knock Knock / U.S.A. (Director: Eli Roth, Screenwriters: Eli Roth, Nicolas
Lopez, Guillermo Amoedo) — Two beautiful young girls walk into a married man’s life and turn
a wild fantasy into his worst nightmare. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo,
Ana De Armas, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, Colleen Camp.
World Premiere

The Nightmare / U.S.A. (Director: Rodney Ascher) — A documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of sleep
paralysis through the eyes of eight people. They (and a surprisingly large
number of others) often find themselves trapped between the sleeping and awake
realms, unable to move but aware of their surroundings while subject to
disturbing sights and sounds. World

Reversal / U.S.A. (Director: J.M Cravioto, Screenwriters: Rock Shaink, Keith
Kjornes) — A gritty
psychological thriller about a young woman chained in a basement of a sexual
predator and manages to escape. However, right when she has a chance for
freedom, she unravels a hard truth and decides to turn the tables on her
captor. Cast: Tina Ivlev, Richard Tyson, Bianca Malinowski. World Premiere 

Turbo Kid / Canada, New Zealand (Directors: Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard, Yoann-Karl
Whissell, Screenwriters: Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard, Yoann-Karl Whissell) — In a post-apocalyptic future,
The Kid, an orphaned outcast, meets a mysterious girl. They become friends
until Zeus, the sadistic leader of the Wasteland, kidnaps her. The Kid must
face his fears, and journey to rid the Wasteland of evil and save the girl. Cast: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf,
Michael Ironside, Aaron Jeffery, Edwin Wright
. World Premiere


The Forbidden Room / Canada
(Directors: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Screenwriters: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson,
Robert Kotyk) — A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous
surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for
as they wend their way toward progressive ideas on life and love. Cast:
Geraldine Chaplin, Caroline Dhavernas, Roy Dupuis, Udo Kier, Charlotte
Rampling, Karine Vanasse
. World

Liveforever / Colombia, Mexico (Director: Carlos Moreno, Screenwriters:
Alberto Ferreras, Alonso Torres, Carlos Moreno) ­— Driven by the music and dancing she finds along the way, a
teenager leaves home willing to try anything her provocative and tolerant city
has to offer, even if she burns out in the process. Inspired by the best-selling novel “Que viva la música” by Andres
Caicedo. Cast: Paulina Davila, Alejandra Avila, Luis Arrieta, Juan
Pablo Barragan, Nelson Camayo, Christian Tappan
. World Premiere

The Royal Road / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jenni Olson) — This cinematic essay, a
defense of remembering, offers up a primer on the Spanish colonization of
California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on
nostalgia, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo — all against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban
California landscapes. Cast: Jenni Olson, Tony Kushner. World Premiere 

Sam Klemke’s Time Machine / Australia
(Director: Matthew Bate) — Sam Klemke has filmed and narrated 50 years of his life, creating
a strange and intimate portrait of what it means to be human. World Premiere

Station to Station / U.S.A. (Director: Doug Aitken) — Station to Station is
composed of 60 individual one-minute films featuring different artists,
musicians, places, and perspectives. This revolutionary feature-length film
reveals a larger narrative about modern creativity. World Premiere

Things of the Aimless Wanderer / Rwanda, United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: Kivu
Ruhorahoza) — A white man meets a
black girl, then she disappears. The white man tries to understand what
happened to her while also trying to finish a travelogue. Things of the Aimless Wanderer is a film about the sensitive topic
of relations between “locals” and Westerners, about paranoia, mistrust, and
misunderstandings. Cast: Justin Mullikin, Grace Nikuze, Ramadhan Bizimana,
Eliane Umuhire, Wesley Ruzibiza, Matt Ray Brown
. World Premiere 


1979 Revolution Game
Artists: Navid Khonsari, Vassiliki

1979 Revolution Game presents an
innovative approach to non-fiction storytelling. Designed to engage players
with an immersive “on the ground” experience of the Iranian
Revolution, the game integrates an emotionally impactful narrative with
interactive moral choices and intuitive touchscreen gameplay while remaining
true to history. 

Artist: Oscar Raby

This immersive documentary uses virtual reality technology
to put the user in the footsteps of Director Oscar Raby’s father, who in 1973
was a 22-year-old army officer stationed in the north of Chile, on the day when
the Caravan of Death came to his regiment.

Artist: Max Rheiner

Flying is one of the oldest dreams of humankind. Birdly is an experiment to capture this
dream, to simulate the experience of being a bird from a first-person
perspective. This embodiment is conducted through a full-body virtual reality

Artist: François Quévillon

This interactive installation uses the audience’s body motions
and positions to explore 3-D reconstructions of urban and natural spaces that are transformed according to live environmental data,
including meteorological and astronomical phenomena.

Evolution of Verse
Artist: Chris Milk

Chris Milk, working with visual effects
powerhouse Digital Domain and virtual reality production company VRSE.works,
has created this photo-realistic CGI-rendered 3-D virtual reality film that
takes the viewer on a journey from beginning to new beginning.

Kaiju Fury!
Artist: Ian Hunter

A dark energy experiment leads to a devastating attack by
monstrous Kaiju, and you are standing at ground zero — all in 360-degree,
stereoscopic 3-D cinematic virtual reality. You will “be there” as
the beasts lay waste to a crumbling city and humanity makes its last stand. Cast: Susie Abromeit, Bill
Lippincott, Daniel Martin, Brian Dodge, Vincient Chiantelli

Artist: Pleix

Paradise is certainly not paradisiacal
if you look at it through our eyes. But neither is it totally devoid of humor,
melancholy and absurdity. Perhaps it is first and foremost life as it is, and
then a touch exaggerated in the digital overdrive.

Perspective; Chapter I: The Party
Artists: Rose Troche, Morris May

A young college woman attends a party with the intention
of shedding her “shy girl” persona. At the same party, a young man is
after a similar reinvention. They meet, drink, and misinterpreted signals turn
into things that cannot be undone. Virtual reality simulators let viewers
experience both characters. Cast: Tabitha Morella, Caleb Thomas, Zachary
Zagoria, Anna Grace Barlow

Artists: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Possibilia is a multi-layered narrative
experience from acclaimed directing duo the Daniels. The story of two
quarreling lovers splits exponentially into more and more possible worlds as
their relationship unravels. Cast: Alex Karpovsky, Zoe Jarman

Project Syria
Artist: Nonny de la Peña

More than one million children have fled Syria and news
reports indicate children are being specifically targeted in the violence. By
combining pioneering virtual reality technologies with audio and video captured
during a real event, audiences feel transported to the powerful scene, becoming
witnesses as the intense tragedy unfolds.

VR works of Felix & Paul

Artists: Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël

Felix & Paul’s groundbreaking
live-action virtual reality experiences range from independent documentary to
fictional work with major Hollywood studios and stars. These experiences let
viewers sit in the room with musicians making music, roam the Mongolian plains
with yak herders, and experience an encounter with the afterlife. 

Way to Go
Artist: Vincent Morisset

It is a walk in the woods. It is an astonishing online and
virtual reality interactive experience, a restless panorama, a mixture of
hand-made animation, 360-degree video capture, music, dreaming, and code; but
mostly it is a walk in the woods, c’mon!

Zero Point
Artist: Danfung Dennis

Zero Point, a 3-D and 360-degree
documentary for the Oculus Rift headset, creates an entirely new digital
dimension. From combat training simulations to research labs at Stanford to
indie game developers and hackers, this immersive experience highlights the
future of virtual reality.

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