As was expected, the Sundance Film Festival added a number of new films to next month's edition of the festival. The movies include the world premiere of "Predisposed" starring Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo and Tracy Morgan; "John Dies at the End" which will screen in the Park City at Midnight section and features Chase Williamson and Paul Giamatti; "Oslo" which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival; and, another Cannes entry, "This Must Be The Place" with Sean Penn and Frances McDormand. The Weinstein Company has already acquired the later for release sometime in 2012.
In a statement from the festival, John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, noted, "Each of these four films is an accomplishment in its own right, and collectively, their addition to our program allows us to present a broader look at independent filmmaking. With these four films, we will present a total of 117 feature-length films at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival – a strong indication of the vitality of the independent film community."
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 19 through 29. Look for complete coverage on HitFix.
More information on the new selections is as follows:
"Predisposed" / U.S.A.
Directors & Screenwriters: Philip Dorling, Ron Nyswaner
Eli Smith, a piano prodigy, is dealing with his troubled mother and enlisting help from a hapless drug dealer on the day he has an audition for a prestigious music program. Events spiral comically out of control as this gang of misfits faces the mistakes of the past, the challenges of the future, and the possibilities of love.
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Ramos, Isiah Whitlock Jr.
"Oslo" / Norway
Director: Joachim Trier
Screenwriters: Eskil Vogt & Joachim Trier based on a novel by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle
One man, one city, 24 hours. Oslo, August 31st is a portrait of contemporary Oslo. A visually striking and quietly shattering drama about a man in deep existential crisis. Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, Tone B. Mostraum.
"This Must Be The Place" / Italy, France, Ireland
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Screenwriter: Umberto Contarello, Paolo Sorrentino
A bored, retired rock star sets out to find his father's executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S.
Cast: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch. North American Premiere.
PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT
"John Dies at the End" / U.S.A.
Director: Don Coscarelli, Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli, based on a novel by David Wong
On the street they call it Soy Sauce – a drug that allows users to drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Can John and David stop the oncoming horror? No. They can't.
Cast: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman.
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