Winter in Utah: the slopes fill with snow, and films about incest and druggy road trips are shipped to Park City. Last week, the roster for Robert Redford’s 14th annual Sundance Film Festival was released. Beginning Jan. 21, almost 200 films will be shown over 10 days; here are some already getting buzz.
The follow-up from Doug Liman, the director of Swingers, stars teen-mag staples Katie Holmes, Scott Wolf, and Scream‘s Timothy Olyphant in a story about a checkout girl, a drug dealer, and a soap actor who head to Vegas. Go, baby!
What do you do after Titanic? Leonardo DiCaprio went to Moomba; Kate Winslet did this quirky film about a ’70s hippie mom who takes her kids to Marrakesh to break out of English society.
Another ensemble piece from director Robert Altman, this one set in a small Mississippi town where a suspicious death prompts locals to confront secrets about the residents of their close-knit community. It stars Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O’Donnell, Lyle Lovett, and Courtney B. Vance.
Allison Anders (Gas, Food, Lodging) and Kurt Voss (Border Radio) codirected this comedy about aging L.A. rockers, starring Rosanna Arquette and Ally Sheedy. Word is it’s Anders’ best work yet.
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The feature directorial debut of actor Tim Roth — about a teen dealing with sexual abuse in his London family — is said to be a shocker.
JOE THE KING
The first film directed by actor Frank Whaley is about a young boy growing up in an abusive family. Val Kilmer plays the sadistic father.
Dan Clark’s campy work about four guys who take possession of an extraterrestrial that resembles a phallus was shot on digital video; Clark never thought it’d be accepted into competition.
A WALK ON THE MOON
Actor Tony Goldwyn (Ghost) coproduced, with Dustin Hoffman, this film about a 1969 Brooklyn housewife (Diane Lane) whose summer in the Catskills is disrupted when she has an affair with a traveling salesman.