A collection of images and synopses from some of the films set to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival when it kicks off on January 17th.
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THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN – Traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman (Shia LaBeouf) falls for Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood), a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel, her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi’s past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying. Directed by Fredrik Bond and written by Matt Drake. Co-stars Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, Til Schweiger and Melissa Leo.
THE EAST – Directed by Zal Batmanglij and based on a screenplay by Batmanglij and Brit Marling, the eco-terrorist thriller follows an operative for an elite private intelligence firm who goes into deep cover to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective attacking major corporations. Bent on apprehending these fugitives, she finds her loyalty tested as her feelings grow for the group’s charismatic leader. Stars Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, and Patricia Clarkson.
jOBS – The true story of one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history, ‘jOBS’ chronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs’ life. ‘jOBS’ is a candid, inspiring and personal portrait of the one who saw things differently. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern and starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, and Matthew Modine.
PRINCE AVALANCHE – Written and directed by David Gordon Green, ‘Prince Avalanche’ is an indie comedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as two highway road workers who spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.
LOVELACE – ‘Deep Throat,’ the first pornographic feature film to be a mainstream success, was an international sensation in 1972 and made its star, Linda Lovelace (played by Amanda Seyfried), a media darling. Years later the “poster girl for the sexual revolution” revealed a darker side to her story. Co-stars Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, James Franco, and Sharon Stone.
VERY GOOD GIRLS – Written and directed by Naomi Foner, the drama is set in the long, half-naked days of a New York summer, and follows two girls on the brink of becoming women who fall for the same guy and find that life isn’t as simple or safe as they had thought. Starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss and Ellen Barkin.
TWO MOTHERS – This gripping tale of love, lust and the power of friendship charts the unconventional and passionate affairs of two lifelong friends who fall in love with each other’s sons. Directed by Anne Fontaine from a screenplay by Christopher Hampton, and starring Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, and James Frechevile.