Sundance announces 2014 premiere lineup
This photo provided courtesy of the Sundance Institute shows Philip Seymour Hoffman, rear, and Rachel McAdams, in the film, "A Most Wanted Man," directed by Anton Corbijn. The film stars Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright, and is a modern-day thriller based on a John le Carre bestseller. The film premieres at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 16 - 26, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Sundance Institute)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Sundance Film Festival will premiere 117 independent feature films and 11 documentaries at its 30th anniversary next month — a lineup representing the 2014 fest's most prestigious films.
The premiere list, announced Monday by the festival, features a wide range of genres, from comedies to mysteries, and is populated by such A-listers as Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Sam Rockwell.
Here are some of the more anticipated films of Sundance 2014. Watch for many of them at your local multiplex in the months ahead:
— "Calvary," directed by John Michael McDonagh and starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd and Kelly Reilly. A black comedic drama about a priest whose life is threatened following a confession.
— "Frank," directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. A bizarre comedy about a wannabe musician who joins an avant garde rock band guided by a musical genius named Frank.
— "Hits," directed by David Cross and starring Matt Walsh and Wyatt Cenac. In a small town in upstate New York, recklessness disturbs the lives of the people who dwell there as they wallow in unrealistic expectations.
This photo provided by the Sundance Institute shows, from left, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, and Domhnall Gleeson in the film, "Frank," directed by Lenny Abrahamson. The film will have its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The festival runs Jan. 16 - 26, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Sundance Institute, Lorey Sebastian)
— "I Origins," directed by Mike Cahill and starring Michael Pitt and Brit Marling. A molecular biologist and his lab partner discover evidence that could alter society as we know it.
— "Laggies," directed by Lynn Shelton and starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloe Grace Moretz and Mark Webber. A coming-of-age story, which follows a 28-year-old woman who can't seem to grow up.
— "Little Accidents," directed by Sara Colangelo and starring Elizabeth Banks, Chloe Sevigny and Josh Lucas. In the shadow of a mining accident, three people in a quaint American coal town are drawn together.
— "Love is Strange," directed by Ira Sachs and starring John Lithgow and Marisa Tomei. Finally marrying after 39 years together, Ben and George must rely on family and friends for money after George is fired from his job as a result of their nuptials.
— "A Most Wanted Man," directed by Anton Corbijn and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright. A modern-day thriller based on a John le Carre bestseller.
— "Nick Offerman: American Ham," directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Nick Offerman. Offerman in a one-man show at New York's historic Town Hall theaters features music and anecdotes on oral sex techniques.