2010 Sundance: Spotlight (O.O.C.)

One hundred and thirteen feature-length films are set to screen at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival from January 21st-31st in Park City, Utah.

Nine features and eight documentaries are set to screen out-of-competition in the Spotlight section composed of films already played to great acclaim around the world.


“Bran Nue Dae” (Australia)
Cast: Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy, Geoffrey Rush, Ernie Dingo
Director: Rachel Perkins
In the summer of 1965, a young man is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome – fishing, hanging out with his mates and his girl. U.S. Premiere

“Daddy Longlegs”
Cast: Ronald Bronstein, Sage Ranaldo, Frey Ranaldo
Director: Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie
A swan song to excuses and responsibilities, to fatherhood and self-created experiences, and to what it’s like to be truly torn between being a child and being an adult. North American Premiere.

“Enter the Void” (France)
Cast: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Emily Alyn Lind
Director: Gaspar Noe
A drug-dealing teen is killed in Japan, after which he reappears as a ghost to watch over his sister. U.S. Premiere

“I Am Love” (Italy)
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Pippo Delbono, Alba Rohrwacher
Director: Luca Guadagnino
A tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. U.S. Premiere

“Louis C.K.: Hilarious”
Director: Louis C.K.
Sharp-tongued comedian Louis C.K. pulls no punches in this visceral concert experience. World Premiere

“Lourdes” (Austria, France, Germany)
Cast: Sylvie Testud, Lea Seydoux, Bruno Todeschini, Gilette Barbier
Director: Jessica Hausner
A woman in a wheelchair travels to Lourdes in an attempt to escape her isolation. U.S. Premiere

“Mother & Child (USA)
Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Rodrigo Garcia
The lives of three women – a physical therapist, the daughter she gave up at birth three decades ago, and an African American woman seeking to adopt a child of her own – intersect in surprising ways. U.S. Premiere

“A Prophet (France)
Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi
Director: Jacques Audiard
An engaging examination of a seedy, gangster-driven underworld set in a French prison.

“Women Without Men (Germany, Austria, France)
Cast: Pegah Ferydoni, Arita Shahrzad, Shabnam Tolouei
Director: Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari
A dissection of Iranian society at the time of the 1953 CIA-backed coup that overturned the nationalist government of Mohammed Mossadegh and installed the shah in power. U.S. Premiere


“8: The Mormon Proposition”
Director: Reed Cowan
An examination of the relationship between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the promotion and passage of California’s Proposition 8 denying marriage rights for Gay and Lesbian couples. World Premiere

Director: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
When a young New York City photographer is contacted on Facebook by an 8-year-old painting prodigy from rural Michigan, he becomes deeply enmeshed in her life, even falling in love with her older sister–that is, until a crack appears in her story. World Premiere

“Climate Refugees”
Director: Michael Nash
An over-consuming, crowded world, with depleting resources and a changing climate is giving birth to 25 million climate refugees resulting in a mass global migration and border conflicts. World Premiere

“Countdown to Zero”
Director: Lucy Walker
A fascinating and frightening exploration of the dangers of nuclear weapons, exposing a variety of present day threats and featuring insights from a host of international experts and world leaders who advocate total global disarmament. World Premiere

“Life 2.0”
Director: Jason Spingarn-Koff
More than an examination of new technology, the film is foremost an intimate, character-based drama about people whose lives are dramatically transformed by the virtual world called Second Life. World Premiere

“Teenage Paparazzo”
Director: Adrian Grenier
A 13-year-old paparazzi boy snaps a photo of actor Adrian Grenier, leading Grenier to explore the effects of celebrity on culture. World Premiere

“To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America” (Bangladesh)
Director: Gayle Ferraro
Tapping into the success of Muhammad Yunus after winning the Nobel Peace Prize (2006), Grameen America has opened in Queens, NY replicating the banking model program Yunus first started in Bangladesh. World Premiere

“Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks”
Director: Dan Klores
Reggie Miller single-handedly crushed the hearts of Knick fans multiple times. But it was the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals that solidified Miller as Public Enemy #1 in New York City. World Premiere.