Yesterday we shared with you the competition slate for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, which, depending on the paper you read, was full of the dark and disturbing or the sad and melodramatic. Good to know we'll be smiling in the cold mountains of Utah come January. Today, the Sundance Institute has announced their non-competition films; this includes the Premieres section, which is usually full of studio flicks -- stuff that's set to debut in theaters the following month or so, and films that feature big stars; the big guns. Then we have the Spectrum section (with 16 dramatic films and seven docs), the Midnight section (eight films), and the Frontier section (six films).
Among the ones that stand out to me at first glance are:
- I Love You Philip Morris (Premiere), with Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor playing prison lovers.
- Adventureland - The director of Superbad follows that flick up with a comedy set in a theme park.
- The Informers (Premiere), based on the popular Bret Easton Ellis novel, and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder and Mickey Rourke.
- Moon (Premiere), which is that freaky space flick starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey.
- Manure (Premiere), starring Billy Bob Thornton as a manure salesman.
- Spread, starring Ashton Kitcher as a guy who seduces older women. (Wonder if he's right for that role?)
- Helen ( Spectrum), starring Ashley Judd as a psychiatrist who fights her own depression.
- The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (Spectrum) -- I just love that title.
- Spring Breakdown (Midnight), starring Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, Will Arnett, Rachel Hamilton.