The opening-night gala will center around Saint John of Las Vegas, starring Steve Buscemi as a recovering gambling addict whose job requires him to return to Sin City. Sarah Silverman, Tim Blake Nelson, John Cho, and Peter Dinklage co-star, which means hilarity cannot fail to ensue.
The entire slate has not been announced yet, but the eight other world premieres have been. Here's a brief rundown:
- Asylum Seekers: Six about-to-lose-it individuals check into a mental institution, then find there's only room for one of them.
- Daylight: A pregnant newlywed is taken hostage. I don't know how this ends, but I suspect the message is DO NOT MESS WITH A PREGNANT WOMAN.
- Easier with Practice: A would-be novelist falls in love with a mysterious phone-sex operator. I think we've all been there.
- Etienne!: A man's only friend, a tiny hamster, is diagnosed with cancer, so the guy takes his pal on a bicycle trip to show him the world before he dies. If this movie makes me cry over the death of a hamster, I will cold stab somebody.
- Godspeed: The CineVegas description merely says it's "an intense, dramatic thriller set in the lingering light of the Alaskan midnight sun."
- Mercy: A cynical writer talks a lot about love but doesn't really believe in it until he meets a woman named Mercy. Scott Caan stars.
- Patriotville: It's a close call with Etienne!, but this description might be my favorite: "An idealistic museum manager and a beautiful troublemaker go to war with a corrupt mayor to stop a casino from being built on their town's historic battlefield." The stars are Justin Long, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Corddry, and Missi Pyle.
- Redland: Set during the Great Depression (the first one, not the upcoming one), this is about an isolated rural family dealing with their daughter's "secret affair." Scandalous!