U.S. Dramatic Competition
"Afternoon Delight" » A comedy by writer-director Jill Soloway (whose short "Una Hora Por Favora" played Sundance last year) tells of a bored L.A. housewife (Kathryn Hahn) who rescues a stripper (Juno Temple) by taking her in as a live-in nanny. Also starring Josh Radnor and Jane Lynch.
"Ain’t Them Bodies Saints" » Writer-director David Lowery’s drama casts Casey Affleck as an outlaw who busts out of prison to see his wife (Rooney Mara) and the daughter he has never met. Also starring Ben Foster, Nate Parker and Keith Carradine.
"Austenland" » Utah author Shannon Hale’s book, about a "Pride & Prejudice"-obsessed woman (Keri Russell) who visits a Jane Austen-themed resort, is adapted by fellow Utahn Jerusha Hess (co-writer of "Napoleon Dynamite" with her director husband Jared). Jerusha Hess makes her directorial debut, and wrote the script with Hale. JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie ("Flight of the Conchords"), Jennifer Coolidge, Georgia King, James Callis ("Battlestar Galactica") and Jane Seymour co-star.
"C.O.G." » Kyle Patrick Alvarez directs and writes this adaptation of a David Sedaris story, starring Jonathan Groff ("Glee") as a cocky young man whose ideas are challenged when he goes to work on an Oregon apple farm. Casey Wilson, Denis O’Hare and Dean Stockwell also star.
"Concussion" » After a woman (Robin Weigert) suffers a blow to the head, she decides suburban life with her wife and kids isn’t enough — so she embarks on a dangerous double life in the city. Stacie Passon wrote and directed this drama, which co-stars Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney and Laila Robbins.
"Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes" » Kaya Scoledario ("Wuthering Heights") stars as a troubled teen who becomes pre-occupied with her new neighbor (Jessica Biel), who bears a striking resemblance to the girl’s dead mother. When the girl offers to baby-sit the woman’s newborn baby, she "enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper." Written and directed by Francesca Gregorini; Alfred Molina, Frances O’Connor, Jimmi Simpson and Aneurin Barnard also star.
"Fruitvale" » Writer-director Ryan Coogler tells the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Oakland, Calif., man whose shooting death on New Year’s Day 2009 by BART police was captured on cellphone video and sparked widespread outrage. Michael B. Jordan ("Chronicle") portrays Grant; Octavia Spencer ("The Help"), Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, Kevin Durand and Chad Michael Murray also star.
"In a World…" » Actress Lake Bell ("Children’s Hospital") makes her writing-directing debut in this comedy, playing a vocal coach who dreams of being a voice-over star like her father (Fred Melamed), the king of movie-trailer voice-overs. The cast includes Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins and Ken Marino.
"Kill Your Darlings" » A murder at Columbia University in 1944 brings together poets Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster), the leading lights of the Beat generation. John Krokidas directs this drama, written by Austin Bunn and Krokidas. Also starring Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Cross and Elizabeth Olsen.
"The Lifeguard" » In writer-director Liz W. Garcia’s drama, a burned-out reporter (Kristen Bell) returns to her Connecticut hometown, takes a job as a lifeguard, and begins a relationship with a troubled teen ("Win Win’s" Alex Shaffer). Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Amy Madigan and David Lambert co-star.
"Mother of George" » Danai Gurira ("The Walking Dead") stars as an African immigrant who will risk everything for her marriage to an African restaurant owner (Isaach De Bankolé). The drama is directed by Andrew Dosunmu, written by Darci Picoult, and co-stars Anthony Okunbowa, Yaya Alafia and Bukky Ajayi.
"May in the Summer" » Cherien Dabis ("Amreeka," Sundance ‘09) writes, directs and plays the title role in this tale of a bride-to-be returning to her native Jordan and dealing with aftermath of her parents’ divorce. The cast includes Hiam Abbass, Bill Pullman, Alia Shawkat, Nadine Malouf and Alexander Siddig ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"). Day One Film.
"The Spectactular Now" » Director James Ponsoldt ("Smashed," Sundance ‘12) returns with this teen drama, about a high-school senior ("Footloose’s" Miles Teller) who attempts to "save" an introverted classmate (Shailene Woodley, from "The Descendants"). Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber wrote the script. The cast includes Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kyle Chandler.
"Touchy Feely" » Writer-director Lynn Shelton ("Humpday," Sundance ‘09; "Your Sister’s Sister," Sundance ‘12) returns with a comedy starring Rosemarie DeWitt as a massage therapist who suddenly finds the human body repulsive — just as her dentist brother (Scoot McNairy) is inundated with patients seeking his "healing touch." Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Ellen Page and Josh Pais also star.
"Toy’s House" » Three unhappy teen boys (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias) make a plan to build a house in the wilderness and live off the land, in this drama directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (the short "Successful Alcoholics," Sundance ‘10) and written by Chris Galletta. The cast includes Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Alison Brie.
"Upstream Color" » Writer-director Shane Carruth ("Primer," Grand Jury Prize, Sundance ‘04) returns another trippy tale, of a man and a woman who become entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Carruth co-stars with Amy Seimetz, Andrew Sensenig and Thiago Martins.
U.S. Documentary Competition
"After Tiller" » Directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson profile the four doctors in the United States who still perform late-term abortions, examining their lives in the wake of the 2009 assassination of Dr. George Tiller.Next Page >
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