Sundance announced the competition films for 2008's festival this afternoon, and let me just say: I am stoked.
This will be my ninth year at the fest, and I don't think I've ever been so excited by so many titles in the lineup. For example, my two favorite novelists are Michael Chabon and Chuck Palahniuk -- and they both have adaptations in the Dramatic Competition category. Chabon's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is being adapted and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball), while Palahniuk's wicked Choke comes to us courtesy of actor Clark Gregg (TV's The New Adventures of Old Christine).
Speaking of actors-turned-filmmakers, Paul Schneider (Lars and the Real Girl, Elizabethtown) makes his debut as a writer/director with Pretty Bird, a comedy about three entrepreneurs competing to invent a rocket belt. It stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Crudup, and Kristen Wiig. How can I not look forward to this?!
While distributors futz around with release dates for All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a fine horror film that was one of the highlights of South By Southwest this year, its director Jonathan Levine is premiering his next film, The Wackness, at Sundance. It's a comedy about a teenage drug dealer who falls for his psychiatrist's daughter. Again, what's not to like?
The documentary lineup, meanwhile, addresses such weighty topics as steroid use, the oil crisis, the water crisis, rape in the Congo, America's debt situation, government secrecy, the slave trade, and New Orleans. Oh! But there are also docs about Hunter S. Thompson, Roman Polanski, and Patti Smith! So it all kind of balances out, you know?
Sundance will announce the rest of its lineup on Thursday, so check back here for that. In the meantime, we've got everything they revealed today after the jump....