Cinematical's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival is already well underway, as we'll be highlighting a number of films (via images, clips, trailers and posters) for the next month leading up to the festival. This way it gives you at home a chance to become more familiar with the films, to pick and choose your favorites, and then let us know which ones you'd like to see covered here on the site. So, please, feel free to leave comments and help shape our coverage.
Today we have something real cool for you. Cinematical reader DJ S. pieced together this list of available trailers for a whole bunch of Sundance films. Check out the playlist below, then head after the jump for more info on each film. (And yes, we've covered a couple of these before, so please excuse the repeats.) The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 15 through January 25, 2009 in Park City, Utah. For more of Cinematical's Sundance coverage (including a complete list of films screening), go here.
In order of appearance on list ...
Adventureland/U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Greg Mottola)--In 1987, a recent college graduate takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park and discovers the job is perfect preparation for the real world. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader. World Premiere
Helen/Canada, Germany (Director and Screenwriter: Sandra Nettelbeck)--A successful psychiatrist fights her own clinical depression. Cast: Ashley Judd, Goran Visnijic. World Premiere
Johnny Mad Dog/France (Director: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire; Screenwriters: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire and Jacques Fieschi)--A fifteen-year-old kid-soldier fighting in Africa is armed to the hilt and inhabited by the mad dog he dreams of becoming. Cast: Christophe MInie, Daisy Victoria Vandy. North American Premiere
Mystery Team/U.S.A. (Director: Dan Eckman; Screenwriters: Dominic Dierkes, Donald Glover, and DC Pierson)--A group of kid detectives called The Mystery Team struggle to solve a double murder to prove they can be real detectives before they graduate from high school. Cast: Dominic Dierkes, D.C. Pierson, Donald Glover, Aubrey Plaza, Glenn Kalison. World Premiere
Dead Snow/Norway (Director: Tommy Wirkola; Screenwriters: Tommy Wirkola, Stig Frode Henriksen)--A group of teenagers had all they needed for a successful ski vacation; cabin, skis, snowmobile, toboggan, copious amounts of beer and a fertile mix of the sexes. Certainly, none of them anticipated not returning home alive! However, the Nazi-zombie battalion haunting the mountains had other plans. Cast: Vegard Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, Jeppe Beck Laursen. North American Premiere
Black Dynamite/U.S.A. (Director: Scott Sanders; Screenwriters: Michael Jai White, Scott Sanders, Byron Minns)--When 'The Man' murders his brother, pumps heroin into local orphanages, and floods the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor, 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite is the one hero willing to take him on. Cast: Michael Jai White, Tommy Davidson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Byron Minns, James McManus. World Premiere
Rudo and Cursi (Rudo y Cursi)/Mexico (Director and Screenwriter: Carlos Cuar ≥n)--Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer. Cast: Diego Luna, Gael Garc ≠a Bernal, Guillermo Francella. U.S. Premiere
**I Love You Phillip Morris/USA (Directors and Screenwriters: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa) --The true story about con artist and imposter Steven Jay Russell, a married father whose exploits land him in the Texas criminal justice system. Based on the novel by Houston Chronicle crime reporter Steve McVicker. Cast: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro.
Bronson/UK (Director: Nicolas Winding Refn; Screenwriter: Brock Norman Brock -- Bronson traces the transformation of Mickey Peterson into Britain's most notorious, dangerous, and charismatic prisoner, Charles Bronson. Cast: Tom Hardy.
Carmo, Hit the Road/Spain (Director and Screenwriter: Murilo Pasta)-- A lonely, handicapped smuggler and a beautiful girl embark on a reckless ride through a South American border landscape. Cast: Mariana Loureiro, Fele Martínez, Seu Jorge.
Heart of Time (Corazon Del Tiempo)/Mexico (Director and Screenwriter: Alberto Cortes)-- In La Esperanza de San Pedro, Chiapas, in the midst of the Zapatista struggle, a young woman makes serious waves when she falls in love with a revolutionary fighter from the mountains. Cast: Rocío Barrios.
Afghan Star/Afghanistan/UK (Director: Havana Marking)-- After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Pop Idol has come to television in Afghanistan: millions are watching and voting for their favorite singer. This film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk their lives to sing.
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