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Sundance Film Festival unwraps a fierce 2014 competition slate

Film festival announces 67 of its 117 feature titles.



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"We Come as Friends" (Director: Hubert Sauper; France/Austria) » In a follow-up to his Oscar-nominated "Darwin’s Nightmare," filmmaker Hubert Sauper looks at colonization and the slave trade as human phenomena, and not ones in the dim past but the all-too-real present.

"Web Junkie" (Directors: Shosh Shlam, Hilla Medalia; Israel) » A trip inside a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teens are treated for Internet addiction, which is a recognized clinical disorder in China.

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"Appropriate Behavior" (Director/screenwriter: Desiree Akhavan; U.S./U.K.) » Filmmaker Desiree Akhavan also stars as Shirin, bouncing between her identities as an ideal Persian daughter, a politically correct bisexual and a hip Brooklynite — and discovering it’s tough living without a cliché. Adapted from the web series "The Slope."

"Drunktown’s Finest" (Director/screenwriter: Sydney Freeland; U.S.) » A coming-of-age story on an Indian reservation, centering on a rebellious father-to-be, a devout Christian woman and a promiscuous transsexual.

"The Foxy Merkins" (Director: Madeleine Olnek; Screenwriters: Lisa Haas, Jackie Monahan, Madeleine Olnek; U.S.) » This Independent Spirit Award-nominated "prostitute buddy comedy" focuses on two lesbian hookers, one a newbie in hard times, the other a beautiful straight grifter who’s great at picking up women. Director/co-writer Madeleine Olnek and several of her cast were in Park City with "Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same" (SFF ‘11).

"A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" (Director/screenwriter: Ana Lily Amirpour; U.S.) » A lonesome vampire seeks out the most depraved prey in Bad City, an Iranian ghost town.

"Imperial Dreams" (Director: Malik Vitthal; Screenwriters: Malik Vitthal, Ismet Prcic; U.S.) » A reformed gangster (John Boyega), age 21, returns from prison to his home in Watts, Los Angeles, and finds his devotion to his family and his future severely tested.

"Land Ho!" (Directors/screenwriters: Martha Stephens, Aaron Katz; U.S./Iceland) » Two former brothers-in-law take a road trip through Iceland, hitting Reykjavik nightclubs, trendy spas and rugged campsites in an effort to recapture their lost youth.

"Listen Up Philip" (Director/screenwriter: Alex Ross Perry; U.S.) » A newly accomplished writer (Jason Schwartzman) makes a series of bad decisions that affect those around him, particularly his girlfriend ("Mad Men’s" Elisabeth Moss). Also starring Jonathan Pryce and Krysten Ritter.


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"Memphis" (Director and screenwriter: Tim Sutton; U.S.) » A singer (Willis Earl Beal) wanders Memphis, "surrounded by beautiful women, legendary musicians, a stone-cold hustler, a righteous preacher and a wolf pack of kids" as he searches for some soul — possibly his own.

"Obvious Child" (Director/screenwriter: Gillian Robespierre; U.S.) » It’s Valentine’s Day, and Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) is fired, dumped and learns she’s pregnant. This comedy also stars Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman and Richard Kind.

"Ping Pong Summer" (Director and screenwriter: Michael Tully; U.S.) » It’s coming-of-age time in 1985, on a family vacation to Ocean City, Md., with a teen (Marcello Conte) obsessed with hip-hop and ping pong. The adult cast includes Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson and Amy Sedaris.

"War Story" (Director: Mark Jackson; Screenwriters: Kristin Gore, Mark Jackson; U.S.) » Catherine Keener stars as a war photographer recently back from Libya, where she was held captive, finding refuge in a small town in Sicily. Ben Kingsley also stars.



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