Here are the 29 films in the Premieres and Documentary Premieres categories for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, announced Monday.
“A.C.O.D.” • The title stands for “Adult Children of Divorce,” which describes Carter (Adam Scott), who goes to pieces when he learns that he was the subject of a study on kids of divorced parents. Director Stuart Zicherman co-wrote with Ben Karlin. Scott’s “Parks & Recreation” co-star Amy Poehler also stars here, along with Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch and Clark Duke.
“Before Midnight” • Director Richard Linklater reunites with stars and co-screenwriters Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, to continue the relationship between Jesse and Celine — first chronicled in “Before Sunrise” (Sundance ‘95) and revisited in 2004’s “Before Sunset.”
“Big Sur” • Director Michael Polish (“Twin Falls Idaho,” Sundance ‘99; “Northfork,” Sundance ‘03) adapts Jack Kerouac’s novel, depicting the author (Jean-Marc Barr) toward the end of his career, dissipated by drugs and alcohol, questioning his talent, and holed up in his Big Sur cabin recounting his physical and mental deterioration. The cast includes Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchel, Stana Katic, Anthony Edwards and Henry Thomas.
“Breathe In” • Director Drake Doremus and co-writer Ben York Jones (“Like Crazy,” Sundance ‘11 Grand Jury Prize winner) return with a story about a foreign-exchange student (Felicity Jones, from “Like Crazy”) who challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships, altering their lives forever. The cast includes Guy Pearce, Amy Ryan, Mackenzie Davis and Kyle MacLachlan.
“Don Jon’s Addiction” • Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who brought his HitRECord.org to Sundance ‘10 and ‘12) makes his directing debut with a script he wrote, playing a modern-day Don Juan trying to reform. The cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenn Headly and Rob Brown.
“The East” • The team behind “Sound of My Voice” (Sundance ‘11) — co-writers Zal Batmanglij (who directed) and Brit Marling — return with the story of Sarah (Marling), an operative for a private intelligence firm, infiltrating an anarchist group known for covert attacks on corporations. When Sarah falls for the group’s leader (Alexander Skarsgard), her loyalty is tested. Also starring Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez and Patricia Clarkson.
“The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” • Two boys (Skylan Brooks, Ethan Dizon) from the Brooklyn projects are separated from their mothers, and hide from police and forage for food in this drama, directed by George Tillman Jr. (“Soul Food”) and written by Michael Starrbury. Also starring Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Anthony Mackie and Jeffrey Wright.
“jOBS” • Ashton Kutcher plays Steve Jobs, as director Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) and writer Matt Whiteley chronicle the central 30 years of the Apple Computer founder’s life. Also starring Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. Closing Night Film.
“The Look of Love” • (U.K.) Director Michael Winterbottom (“The Killer Inside Me,” “The Shock Doctrine,” both Sundance ‘10) and screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh (“Nowhere Boy”) tell the true story of British porn publisher Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan), who became one of Britain’s richest men while losing the people close to him. Also starring Anna Friel, Imogen Poots and Tamsin Egerton.
“Lovelace” • Amanda Seyfried portrays Linda Lovelace, whose starring role in the genre-breaking 1972 porno film “Deep Throat” made her a “poster girl for the sexual revolution” — but whose life had a darker side. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (“Howl,” Sundance ‘10; “The Celluloid Closet,” Sundance ‘95) directed, with a screenplay by Andy Bellin. The cast includes Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, James Franco and Sharon Stone.
“The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” • Shia LeBeouf plays Charlie, who while traveling abroad falls for Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood), a beautiful Romanian woman with a violent ex, Nigel (Mads Mikkelsen), in this thriller directed by Fredrik Bond and written by Matt Drake. Also starring Rupert Grint, James Buckley, Til Schweiger, Aubrey Plaza and Melissa Leo.
“Prince Avalanche” • Writer-director David Gordon Green, after a recent run of stoner comedies (“Pineapple Express,” “Your Highness,” “The Sitter”), returns to the indie world (“All the Real Girls,” Sundance ‘03; “Snow Angels,” Sundance ‘07) with this comedy drama about two highway road workers (Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch) getting away from the city and having misadventures that put them at odds with each other and the women they left behind.
“Stoker” • Korean director Park Chan-Wook (“Oldboy,” Sundance ‘05) makes his American debut with this dark mystery, which follows India (Mia Wasikowska), a young woman whose father (Dermot Mulroney) dies. When India’s mysterious uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) comes to live with her and her mother (Nicole Kidman), India suspects his motives but becomes infatuated with him. Actor Wentworth Miller makes his screenwriting debut; Jacki Weaver is also in the cast.
“Sweetwater” • Set in the late 1800s, this drama depicts a blood triangle — amid a fanatical religious leader (Jason Isaacs), a renegade sheriff (Ed Harris) and an ex-prostitute (January Jones) — on the plains of the New Mexico territory. Directed by Logan Miller and Noah Miller, written by Andrew McKenzie. Also starring Eduardo Noriega, Steven Rude and Amy Madigan.
“Top of the Lake” • (Australia, New Zealand) Jane Campion (“The Piano”) and Garth Davis directed this six-hour film (originally a mini-series for Australian TV), which will screen once during the festival. It begins with the disappearance of the pregnant 12-year-old daughter of a local drug lord. The cast includes Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan and David Wenham. Campion and Gerard Lee wrote the script.
“Two Mothers” • (Australia, France) Naomi Watts and Robin Wright portray lifelong friends who fall in love with each other’s sons. French director Anne Fontaine (“Coco Before Chanel”) and playwright/screenwriter Christopher Hampton (“Dangerous Liaisons”) adapt Doris Lessing’s novel.
“Very Good Girls” • Screenwriter Naomi Foner (“Running on Empty”) — better known in Hollywood as Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal’s mom — makes her directorial debut in this tale, which she wrote, of two teen girls (Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen) who make a pact to lose their virginity during one hot New York summer. The cast includes Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss and Ellen Barkin.
“The Way, Way Back” • The writing-directing team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (who co-wrote “The Descendants”) tell the comic story of Duncan (Liam James), an introverted 14-year-old who comes into his own working at a rundown water park and making friends with the gregarious manager (Steve Carell) and the other misfits working there. Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell and Maya Rudolph also star.
“Anita” • Oscar-winning director Freida Lee Mock (“Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision”) profiles Anita Hill, the attorney-turned-academic whose 1991 charges of sexual harassment against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas ignited a firestorm that brought national attention to sexual poliitcs and prompted debate internationally to this day.
“History of the Eagles” • Director Alison Ellwood (“Magic Trip,” Sundance ‘11) tells the 40-year story of The Eagles — using never-before-seen home movies, archival footage and new interviews with all current and former band members.
“The Crash Reel,” • Director Lucy Walker (“Devil’s Playground,” Sundance ‘02; “Waste Land” and “Countdown to Zero,” Sundance ‘10; “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” Sundance ‘12) profiles snowboarder Kevin Pearce, whose longtime rivalry with Shaun White and his dreams of Olympic glory were cut short by a devastating crash on the Park City halfpipe on Dec. 31, 2009. The movie documents Pearce’s career, and his slow recovery from traumatic brain injury. Salt Lake City Gala Film.
“Linsanity” • NBA star Jeremy Lin’s life, from high-school champ and Harvard player to undrafted pro and phenom media magnet, is chronicled by director Evan Leong.
“Pandora’s Promise” • Nuclear power, now championed by environmentalists who once condemned it, is the focus of this documentary by director Robert Stone (“Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst,” Sundance ‘04; “Earth Days,” Sundance ‘09).
“Running From Crazy” • Model/actress Mariel Hemingway looks into her family history of mental illness and suicide — which famously claimed her grandfather, Ernest Hemingway — in search of a way to overcome a similar fate. Directed by two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County, U.S.A.,” “American Dream”).
“Sound City” • Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl makes his directorial debut, telling the story of Sound City, America’s greatest unsung recording studio, and the lost art of analog recording in a digital world. Tom Petty, John Fogerty, Trent Reznor, Lindsay Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Lars Ulrich (Metallica) and Kevin Cronin (R.E.O. Speedwagon) are among the musicians interviewed.
“We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” • Director Alex Gibney (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” Sundance ‘05; “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” Sundance ‘08; “Casino Jack and the United States of Money,” Sundance ‘10) tells the story of WikiLeaks, whose Internet disclosures of government secrets signaled either a new era of transparancy or the start of a new information war.
“When I Walk” • (U.S., Canada) Filmmaker Jason DaSilva chronicles his own day-to-day struggle with multiple sclerosis, and profiles others with the disease.
“Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington” • Journalist Sebastian Junger salutes Tim Hetherington, the tireless war photographer and co-director (with Junger) of the documentary “Restrepo” (Sundance ‘10), who was killed covering the uprising in Libya.
“The World According to Dick Cheney” • A multi-layered examination of the former vice president’s life, his rise to power, and his still-controversial view of the world — as told through interviews both with Cheney and his allies. Directed by R.J. Cutler (“The September Issue,” Sundance ‘09) and Greg Finton.