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Sundance announces Spotlight, Midnight, New Frontier and Sundance Kids programs

First Published      Last Updated Dec 06 2013 08:59 am

Here are the 23 films announced today that represent the 2014 Sundance Film Festival's Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Sundance Kids and New Frontier programs.

They are among 117 feature films selected for the festival, out of 4,057 feature-length films submitted.


"Blue Ruin" (Director/screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier; U.S.) • A beach bum (Macon Blair) returns to his childhood home for an act of vengeance — and ending up in a fight to protect his estranged family.

"The Double" (Director: Richard Ayoade; Screenwriter: Avi Korine; U.K.) • Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid man whose work life is upended by the arrival of a new coworker, James, who is Simon's physical double and psychological opposite. The cast includes Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Cathy Moriarty and James Fox. Ayoade, star of the British sitcom "The IT Crowd," previously directed "Submarine" (SFF '11).

"Ida" (Director: Pawel Pawlikowski; Screenwriters: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz; Poland) • In 1960s Poland, young novitiate Anna is about to take her vows as a nun when she learns of a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation.

"Locke" (Director/screenwriter: Steven Knight; U.K.) • Tom Hardy (Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises") stars in this minimalist thriller, as a man whose life is imploding with every phone call he makes while driving.

"The Lunchbox" (Director and screenwriter: Ritesh Batra; India/France/Germany) • A lonely wife (Nimrat Kaur) makes a lunch for her absent husband, but the lunchbox is mistakenly sent to another man, a grieving widower (Irrfan Khan). What follows is a romantic story that unfolds through notes delivered with the lunchbox.

"Only Lovers Left Alive" (Director/screenwriter: Jim Jarmusch; U.S.) • Legendary indie director Jim Jarmusch ("Night on Earth," SFF '92) returns with this vampire romance, set in Detroit and Tangier, and boasting a cast led by Tom Hiddleston ("The Avengers"), Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright.

"R100" (Director and screenwriter: Hitoshi Matsumoto; Japan) • A family man (Nao Ohmori) joins an exclusive club in this bizarre S&M comedy.

"Stranger by the Lake" (Director/screenwriter: Alain Guiraudie; France) • In this erotic thriller, Frank (Pierre de Ladonchamps) begins a passionate affair with Michel (Christophe Paou), but not before seeing Michel dump his former boyfriend in fatal fashion.

Park City at Midnight

"The Babadook" (Director/screenwriter: Jennifer Kent; Australia) • After her husband's violent death, a single mother (Essie Davis) must deal with her out-of-control son's fear of a monster in the house — a fear that may be justified.

"Cooties" (Directors: Jonathan Millott, Cary Murnion, Screenwriters: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan; U.S.) • A horror comedy in which elementary-school teachers must battle for their lives when a virus turns the students into savages. Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Leigh Whannell ("Insidious") and Nasim Pedrad ("Saturday Night Life") star.

"Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead" (Director: Tommy Wirkola; Screenwriters: Tommy Wirkola, Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel; Norway) • A sequel to "Dead Snow" (SFF '09), with Nazi zombies back for more — and a hero gathering an army to fight them again. America actor Martin Starr ("Knocked Up," "This Is the End") joins the Norwegian cast.

"The Guest" (Director: Adam Wingard; Screenwriter: Simon Barrett; U.S.) • The team behind "You're Next" created this horror thriller, about a family who welcomes the comrade of a dead soldier into their house — but learns he's not who he says he is.

"Killers" (Directors: The Mo Brothers; Screenwriters: Timo Tjahjanto, Takuji Ushiyama; Japan/Indonesia) • Two serial killers, who battle for notoreity by posting their crimes online, ultimately face off.

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