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The full list of Sundance films for 2007.
Premieres, the Spectrum, Park City at Midnight, Sundance Collection and New Frontier program:
Opening the Salt Lake City portion of the festival, Jan. 19 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, is the U.S. premiere of "Away
From Her," directed and written by Sarah Polley. Based on an Alice Munro short story, it tells of a long-married couple (Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent) grappling with her growing Alzheimer's.
The closing-night film, screening Jan. 26 in Park City, is "Life Support," a true story of a mother (played by Queen Latifah) who overcame crack addiction to become an AIDS activist. (The opening- night film, the documentary "Chicago 10," was announced previously.)
Here are the other titles announced Thursday:
Premieres "An American Crime," directed by Tommy O'Haver ("Ella Enchanted") and written by O'Haver and Irene Turner, a true story of a 1960s Indianapolis homemaker (Catherine Keener) who kept a teen girl (Ellen Page) locked in her basement.
"Black Snake Moan," written and directed by Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," Sundance '05), a sexually charged drama about a reformed bluesman (Samuel L. Jackson) who protects a young woman (Christina Ricci) who has plunged into erotic excess.
"Chapter 27," written and directed by Jarrett Schaefer, starring Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon, in a movie that explores Chapman's obsession with "The Catcher in the Rye." Lindsay Lohan co-stars.
"Clubland" (Australia), directed by Cherie Nowlan and written by Keith Thompson, a sexual coming-of-age story about a young man dealing with his showbiz parents.
"The Good Night," written and directed by Jake Paltrow, starring Martin Freeman ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy") as a jingle writer in midlife crisis. Paltrow's sister Gwyneth co-stars,along with Penelope Cruz and Danny DeVito.
"King of California," written and directed by Mike Cahill, starring Michael Douglas as an unstable dad who convinces his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) to dig for Spanish gold in suburbia.
"Longford" (United Kingdom), directed by Tom Hooper and written by Peter Morgan ("The Queen"), a portrait of a British nobleman (Jim Broadbent) who campaigned to have a notorious killer (Samantha Morton) freed from prison.
"The Nines," written and directed by John August (who wrote "Big Fish"), about an actor, a TV show-runner and a videogame designer whose lives intersect. Ryan Reynolds and Hope Davis star.
"Resurrecting the Champ," directed by Rod Lurie ("The Contender") and written by Allison Burnett, Michael Bortman, Chris Gerolmo and Lurie, stars Josh Hartnett as a sportswriter who lands a big story - finding a believed-to-be-dead boxing champ (Samuel L. Jackson) living on the streets.
"The Savages," written and directed by Tamara Jenkins ("Slums of Beverly Hills"), starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman as siblings forced to care for their estranged father (Philip Bosco).
"Son of Rambow" (United Kingdom), directed by Garth Jennings ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"), about a sheltered boy who suddenly finds himself in the world of the school terror, who makes bizarre home movies.
"Summer Rain (El Camino de los Ingleses)" (Spain), directed by Antonio Banderas and written by Antonio Soler, a coming-of-age story set in 1970s Malaga, Spain.
"Trade," directed by Marco Kreuzpainter and written by Jose Rivera ("The Motorcycle Diaries"), in which a Mexican teen and a Texas cop (Kevin Kline) team up to find the sex traffickers who kidnapped their loved ones.
"Year of the Dog," written and directed by Mike White (who wrote "Chuck & Buck," Sundance '00, and "School of Rock"), starring Molly Shannon as a secretary whose life changes when her dog dies.
Spectrum: "Angel-A" (France), written and directed by Luc Besson ("La Femme Nikita"), a fairytale about a man who jumps into the Seine, but is rescued by a mysterious beauty.
"Bugmaster (Mushishi)" (Japan), directed by Katsuhiro Otomo ("Akira") and written by Sadayuki Murai, a live-action fantasy about a supernatural exterminator, based on an ancient Japanese legend and a popular comic book.
"Dark Matter," directed by Chen Shi-Zheng and written by Billy Shebar, in which a Chinese astronomy student who pursues his Ph.D. in the United States. Meryl Streep co-stars in this movie, which was filmed in Utah.
"Dedication," directed by Justin Theroux and written by David Bromberg, about a socially inept children's-book author (Billy Crudup) who must work with a new illustrator (Mandy Moore) when he loses his longtime collaborator (Tom Wilkinson).
"Delirious," written and directed by Tom DiCillo (his fifth movie to play at Sundance), about a paparazzo (Steve Buscemi) who hires a homeless man (Michael Pitt) to help track a famous pop star (Alison Lohman).
"The Devil Came on Horseback," directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern ("The Trials of Darryl Hunt," Sundance '06), which follows a U.S. Marine who aims to inform Americans about the genocide in Darfur.
"Expired," written and directed by Cecilia Miniucchi, about a love affair between a meter maid (Samantha Morton) and a parking officer (Jason Patric).
"Fay Grim," written and directed by Hal Hartley ("The Unbelievable Truth," Sundance '89, and others), a continuation of his 1997 film "Henry Fool," starring Parker Posey as a single mom who becomes involved in international espionage involving her long-missing husband.
"Fraulein" (Switzerland), written and directed by Andrea Staka, about a hardened Yugoslav restaurateur in Zurich who encounters a younger woman seeking a better life after the Balkan War.
"The Go-Getter," written and directed by Martin Hynes, about a teen ("Thumbsucker's" Lou Taylor Pucci) who steals a car to find his long- lost brother -- only to develop a bond with the car's owner. Zooey Deschanel and Jena Malone also star.
"The Great World of Sound," directed by Craig Zobel and written by George Smith and Zobel, in which a man takes a job to sign undiscovered artists, but learns the job isn't what it appears.
"If I Had Known I Was a Genius," directed by Dominique Wirtschafter and written by Markus Redford, in which a young African-American with a high I.Q. recounts his life and his dysfunctional family. Whoopi Goldberg and Sharon Stone are in the cast.
"Interview," directed by Steve Buscemi ("Lonesome Jim," Sundance '05), written by Buscemi and David Schechter, which stars Buscemi as a fading political journalist assigned to interview a soap-opera star (Sienna Miller).
"Low and Behold," directed by Zack Godshall and written by Godshall and Barlow Jacobs, about an insurance adjuster whose view is changed when he is assigned to hurricane-damaged New Orleans.
"La Misma Luna (The Same Moon)," directed by Patricia Riggen and written by Ligiah Villalobos, about a Mexican boy who tries to reunite with his mom in Los Angeles.
"Miss Navajo," directed by Billy Luther, a documentary that follows a young woman preparing for the Miss Navajo Nation Pageant.
"Red Road" (United Kingdom) written and directed by Andrea Arnold, an already-acclaimed drama about a surveillance-camera monitor forced to confront a man she never wanted to see again.
"Reprise" (Norway), directed by Joachim Trier and written by Trier and Eskil Vogt), about the literary ups and downs of two competitive friends.
"Save Me," directed by Robert Cary and written by Craig Chester, Alan Hines and Robert Desiderio, about a young man who tries to give up drugs and gay sex by entering a Christian ministry to cure himself of his "gay affliction." "Tuli" (Philippines), directe by Auraeus Solito ("The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros," Sundance '06) and written by Jimmy Flores, about a girl in a remote village who rejects her abusive father's plans for an arranged marriage.
"The Unforeseen," directed by Laura Dunn, a documentary about a west Texas land development that threatens a limestone aquifer, sparking an environmental protest.
"Waitress," written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, stars Keri Russell as a pregnant and unhappily married waitress who sees a chance at happiness with a newcomer (Nathan Fillion). Shelly, an actress famous for roles in Hal Hartley films, was killed last month in her New York office.
"Wonders Are Many," directed by Jon Else ("Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle," Sundance '99), a documentary that follows composer John Adams and Peter Sellars as they create a new opera about Robert Oppenheimer and the creation of the atomic bomb.
"Year of the Fish," written and directed by David Kaplan, an animated Cinderella story set in New York's Chinatown.
New Frontier: Formerly the Frontier section, New Frontier covers experimental forms of filmmaking. In addition to six films, a New Frontier on Main venue (in Park City's Main Street Mall, across from the Egyptian) will host nine artists and their work - along with screenings, moving image installations, live performances, a DJ lounge/café called the Rabbit Hole, panel discussions and special events.
The six films are: "Artist Spotlight: Pierre Huyghe," a collection of short films by the French multimedia artists, most of which have not been seen outside museums or galleries.
"The Last Dining Table" (South Korea), written and directed by Gyeong- Tae Roh, a minimalist and surrealist film about pollution, the environment and the collapse of family values.
"Offscreen" (Denmark), directed by Christoffer Boe and written by Boe and Knud Romer Jorgensen, a mix of fact and fiction about an actor who borrows a camera from Boe to make a creepily private film about himself.
"Phantom Love," directed by Nina Menkes, a surreal drama about a woman trying to free herself from her extended family, in L.A. and in India.
"Slipstream," written and directed by Anthony Hopkins, who plays a screenwriter whose brain is imploding - and his real and invented worlds are crossing in and out of each other.
"Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait," directed by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, in which 17 cameras follow the French soccer star Zinedine Zidane for the entire length of a match.
The nine artists in the Main Street venue are: Paul Chan (multi-media installation), Shu Lea Cheang (interactive mobile media), Martha Colburn (multi-media installation), R. Luke Dubois (multi-media installation), Eric Dyer (multi-media installation), James Graham (multi-media installation), Ricardo Rivera and Pier Nicola D'Amico (multi-media installation), Lincoln Schatz (interactive video art), and Travis Wilkerson (media based performance).
Park City at Midnight: "Fido," directed by Andrew Currie and written by Robert Chomiak and Currie, a horror comedy about a boy and his best friend, Fido (Billy Connolly) - a six-foot zombie who, oops, eats the next-door neighbor. Carrie-Anne Moss and Dylan Walsh play the boy's parents.
"Finishing the Game," directed by Justin Lin ("Better Luck Tomorrow," Sundance '02) and written by Josh Diamond and Lin, about an actor hired to replace Bruce Lee on the unfinished "Game of Death." "It Is Fine! Everything is Fine.", directed by Crispin Hellion Glover and David Brothers, written by Glover and Steven C. Stewart, centers on Stewart, a man with cerebral palsy, and his fantastical and psychosexual view of his life. Glover and Brothers, the production designer on "Plan 10 From Outer Space" and the artist who painted the Tower Theater's lobby, filmed the movie in Salt Lake City.
"The Signal," written and directed by David Bruckner, Jacob Gentry and Dan Bush, is a three-part horror film billed as "a horrific journey towards the discovery that the most brutal violent monster might actually be within all of us." "Sk8 Life" (Canada), directed by S. Wyeth Clarkson and written by Clarkson and Elan Mastai, tells of eight skaters trying to save their condemned "crashpad." "Smiley Face," directed by Gregg Araki ("The Doom Generation," Sundance '95, and others) and written by Dylan Haggerty, stars Anna Faris as a slacker actress who has a weird day after eating her roommates pot-laced cupcakes.
"The Ten," directed by David Wain ("Wet Hot American Summer," Sundance '01) and written by Ken Marino and Wain, 10 comical stories - each based on one of the Ten Commandments. Jessica Alba, Amanda Peet, Gretchen Mol and Winona Ryder are in the cast.
"We Are the Strange," written and directed by M dot Strange, an animated fantasy about two outcasts battling bizarre monsters on the way to the ice cream shop.
Sundance Collection "River's Edge" (1986), directed by Tim Hunter and written by Neal Jimenez, about high-school slackers who band together when one of them kills his girlfriend. Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye and Dennis Hopper star.
"X: The Unheard Music" (1986), directed by W.T. Morgan, a rarely seen documentary about the L.A. punk band X and the underground scene of the early '80s.
Special screenings: "The Last Mimzy," directed by Bob Shaye, screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin and Toby Emmerich, screen story by James V. Hart and Carol Skilkin, based on a short story by Lewis Padgett about two children who discover mysterious devices they believe to be toys - and what happens when the boys' intelligence level rises.
"Autism Every Day," directed by Lauren Thierry, a look inside the lives of families raising children with autism.
"Banished," directed by Marco Williams ("Two Towns of Jasper," Sundance '02), tells of three American towns whose black populations were forced to leave.
"Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade," directed by Lincoln Ruchti, goes to the birthplace of America's video game obsession: The competition at the Twin Galaxies Arcade in Iowa, 1982.
"Crazy Love," directed by Dan Klores (co-director of "Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story," Sundance '05), about an obsessive relationship between a married man and a 20-year-old woman - a relationship that has gone on nearly 50 years.
"Everything's Cool," directed by Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold (co-directors, "Blue Vinyl," Sundance '02), about crusaders against global warming, looking for the right words and images to push America toward an alternative energy economy.
"For the Bible Tells Me So," directed by Daniel Karslake, which looks at the religious Right's interpretation of the Bible, through the stories of five conservative Christian families.
"Ghosts of Abu Ghraib," directed by Rory Kennedy ("American Hollow," Sundance '99), looking at the abuses in the Iraqi prison - as told by perpetrators, witnesses and victims.
"Girl 27," directed by David Stenn, follows Stenn on the trail of a Hollywood scandal: The rape of an underage dancer at an MGM stag party in 1937.
"Hear and Now," in which director Irene Taylor Brodsky follows her parents, deaf for decades, as they undergo cochlear implant surgery.
"Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)," directed by Jason Kohn, looks at corruption and violence in Brazil through three stories: A politician stealing billions by way of a frog farm, a businessman spending money to bulletproof his cars, and a plastic surgeon who reconstructs the ears of mutilated kidnapping victims.
"My Kid Could Paint That," directed by Amir Bar-Lev, which profiles a 4-year-old painting prodigy - and asks if she's a genius, a fake or a victim of her parents' exploitation.
"Nanking," directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman, which chronicles the Rape of Nanking, when 200,000 Chinese were murdered - and tens of thousands raped - by the Japanese army.
"No End in Sight," directed by Charles Ferguson, an examination into the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq.
"Protagonist," directed by Jessica Yu ("In the Realms of the Unreal," Sundance '04; "The Living Museum," Sundance '98), which tracks four people's life stories through Euripidean dramatic structure.
"War Dance," directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, which follows three Ugandan girls from their refugee camp to competition in their country's national music and dance festival.
"White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki," directed by Steven Okazaki, examines "the human cost of atomic warfare."
"Zoo," directed by Robinson Devor ("Police Beat," Sundance '05), about a Seattle man's strange and fatal encounter with a horse.
"Adrift in Manhattan," directed by Alfredo de Villa and written by Nat Moss and de Villa, looks at sight from three views: An eye doctor in grief, an artist losing his sight, and a photographer battling his demons.
"Broken English," written and directed by Zoe Cassavetes, stars Parker Posey as a single woman, surrounded by friends who are married or in relationships, who meets a quirky Frenchman (Melvil Poupaud).
"Four Sheets to the Wind," written and directed by Sterlin Harjo, about a young man who leaves his Native American reservation to seek new life in Tulsa.
"The Good Life," written and directed by Steve Berra, about a "mostly normal" young man (Mark Webber) whose life is shaken up by a mystery woman (Zooey Deschanel).
"Grace Is Gone," written and directed by James C. Strouse (writer of "Lonesome Jim," Sundance '05), starring John Cusack as a father who must tell his daughters that their mother has died in Iraq.
"Joshua," directed by George Ratliff and written by David Gilbert and Ratliff, about a New York couple (Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga) whose life is torn apart by their 8-year-old son's jealousy over his newborn baby sister.
"Never Forever," written and directed by Gina Kim, about a woman (Vera Farmiga, again) who aims to save her marriage by starting a relationship with a stranger.
"On the Road With Judas," written and directed by J.J. Lask, stars Aaron Ruell ("Napoleon Dynamite") as a New York businessman who has a double life as a computer thief.
"Padre Nuestro," written and directed by Christopher Zalla, about an undocumented Mexican worker in New York, who meets a countryman seeking his rich father.
"The Pool," directed by Chris Smith ("American Movie," Sundance '99; "Home Movie," Sundance '01, "The Yes Men," Sundance '03) and written by Smith and Randy Russell, about a boy obsessed with a swimming pool in a home in a rich Indian neighborhood - and his efforts to meet the family that arrives there.
"Rocket Science," written and directed by Jeffrey Blitz, in which a 15-year-old with a stuttering problem falls for the star of the debate team.
"Snow Angels," directed by David Gordon Green ("All the Real Girls," Sundance '03) and written by Stewart O'Nan (adapting his novel), about a teen (Michael Angarano) who reunites with his former baby-sitter (Kate Beckinsale) - and gets involved in the lives of her estranged husband (Sam Rockwell) and their daughter.
"Starting Out in the Evening," directed by Andrew Wagner ("The Talent Given Us," Sundance '05) and written by Wagner and Fred Parnes, about a solitary writer (Frank Langella) who is approached by a grad student (Lauren Ambrose) who convinces him that her thesis will bring him back to fame.
"Teeth," written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein, about a high-school girl whose "physical advantage" emerges when she is the object of male violence.
"The Untitled Dakota Fanning Project," written and directed by Deborah Kampmeier, stars Fanning as a troubled Alabama girl in the '50s who finds her angel in Elvis and the blues.
"Weapons," written and directed by Adam Bhala Lough, which interlinks stories of seemingly random youth-related killings over a weekend in a typical working-class suburb. Nick Cannon and Paul Dano ("Little Miss Sunshine") lead the cast.
"Acidente" (Brazil), directed by Cao Guimarães and Pablo Lobato, an experimental "cinematic poem" that weaves together stories from 20 cities in the state of Menas Gerais, Brazil.
"Bajo Juarez, The City Devouring Its Daughters" (Mexico), directed by Alejandra Sanchez, an exploration of an industrial Mexican town by the U.S. border where hundreds of women have been sexually assaulted and murdered - and a web of corruption has grown to the highest levels of Mexican society.
"Cocalero" (Bolivia), directed by Alejandro Landes, about Evo Morales, a Aymara Indian campaigning to be Bolivia's first indigenous president, set against the Bolivian government's efforts (backed by the United States) to wipe out the coca crop.
"Comrades in Dreams" (Germany), directed by Uli Gaulke, about four disparate people united by their love of movies and their goal to bring movies to people who need them the most.
"Crossing the Line" (United Kingdom), directed by Daniel Gordon, a profile of Joseph Dresnok, an American who defected to North Korea at the height of the Cold War.
"Enemies of Happiness (Vores Lykkes Fjender)" (Denmark), directed by Eva Mulvad and Anja Al Erhayem, about Malalai Joya, the first woman elected to parliament in Afghanistan in 30-plus years.
"The Future Is Unwritten" (Ireland/United Kingdom), directed by Julien Temple ("The Filth and the Fury," Sundance '00; "Glastonbury," Sundance '06), an impressionistic biography of Clash guitarist Joe Strummer.
"Hot House" (Israel), directed by Shimon Dotan, an examination of how Israeli prisons have become "the breeding ground for the next generation of Palestinian leaders" and "the birthplace of future terrorist threats."
"In the Shadow of the Moon" (United Kingdom), directed by David Sington, a chronicle of the Apollo space program, which took men to the moon.
"Manufactured Landscapes" (Canada), directed by Jennifer Baichwal, a look at the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky, who shoots landscapes transformed by industry.
"The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun" (Denmark), directed by Pernille Rose Gronkjaer, about the efforts of two people - an 82-year-old Danish virgin and a stubborn Russian nun - working to turn a rundown castle into an Orthodox Russian monastery.
"On a Tightrope" (Norway/Canada), directed by Petr Lom, which looks at the discrimination faced by China's largest Muslim community through the story of four orphans learning the ancient art of tightrope-walking.
"Three Comrades (Drie Kameraden)" (The Netherlands), directed by Masha Novikova, about three friends whose worlds are torn apart by the war in Chechnya.
"A Very British Gangster" (United Kingdom), directed by Donal MacIntyre, a profile of Dominic Noonan, head of one of Britain's biggest crime families, and the plight of the poor of Manchester.
"VHS - Kahloucha" (Tunisia), directed by Nejib Belkadhi, which follows a self-made Tunisian filmmaker trying to bring cinema to the people.
"Welcome Europa" (France), directed by Bruno Ulmer, follows young men from Kurdistan, Morocco and Romania trying to make it on the streets in Europe.
"Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel)" (France), written and directed by Julie Gavras, in which a 9-year-old girl deals with the changes when her parents become radicals in 1970 Paris.
"Drained (O Cheiro do Ralo)" (Brazil), directed by Heitor Dhalia and written by Marçal Aquino and Dhalia, about a seedy pawnbroker who loses control "when the perfect rump and a backed-up toilet enter his life."
"Driving With My Wife's Lover (Ane-Eui Aein-Eul Mannada)" (South Korea), directed by Kim Tai-sik and written by Kim Jeon-han and Kim Tai-sik, about a man who develops a bond with the cabdriver who is sleeping with the man's wife.
"Eagle vs. Shark" (New Zealand), written and directed by Taika Waititi, about two misfits looking for love in strange ways.
"Ezra" (France), directed by Newton I. Aduaka and written by Aduaka and Alain-Michel Blanc, in which a former child soldier in Sierra Leone tries to return to a normal life in his old country.
"Ghosts" (United Kingdom), directed by Nick Broomfield ("Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer," Sundance '93) and written by Broomfield and Jez Lewis, based on the true story of an illegal Chinese immigrant struggling for a better life in Britain.
"How Is Your Fish Today? (Jin Tian De Yu Ze Me Yang?)" (United Kingdom), directed by Xiaolu Guo and written by Rao Hui and Xiaolu Guo, follows a Chinese writer's inner journey through his characters, in a story that blurs fiction and reality.
"How She Move" (Canada), directed b y Ian Iqbal Rashid ("Touch of Pink," Sundance '04) and written by Annmarie Morais, about a high-school student who must leave her private school for her old crime-filled neighborhood - where she gets involved in competitive step-dancing.
"The Island (Ostrov)" (Russia), directed by Pavel Lounguine and written by Dmitri Sobolev, about an unusual man in a Russian Orthodox monastery, whose odd behavior disturbs the monks but makes others he can see the future.
"Khadak" (Belgium/Germany), written and directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, an epic story of a Mongolian nomad who faces his destiny when a plague strikes his tribe's animals.
"The Legacy" (Georgia/France), written and directed by Gela Babluani ("13 Tzameti," Sundance '06) and Temur Babluani, in which three French hipsters travel through the former Soviet republic of Georgia - and meet an old man and his grandchild, who are traveling to perform a strange ritual designed to end a clan feud.
"The Night Buffalo (El Bufalo de la Noche)" (Mexico), directed by Jorge Hernandez Aldana, written by Hernandez Aldana and Guillermo Arriaga, about a young schizophrenic (Diego Luna) who commits suicide - but lays out a plan to drive his girlfriend and her lover into madness.
"Noise" (Australia), written and directed by Matthew Saville, about a cop afflicted with tinnitus who is thrown into the chaos of a mass murder on a suburban train.
"Once" (Ireland), written and directed by John Carney, a musical set in Dublin featuring the band The Frames, about a busker and an immigrant in the week they write, rehearse and record the songs that reveal their love story.
"Reves de Poussiere" (Burkina Faso/Canada/France), written and directed by Laurent Salgues, about a Nigerian peasant trying to outrun his past when he goes to work in a Burkina Faso gold mine.
"Sweet Mud (Adama Meshugaat)" (Israel), written and directed by Dror Shaul, set in an Israeli kibbutz in the 1970s, about a young man trying to follow the kibbutz' rules while dealing with his mentally ill mother.