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2007 Sundance Film Festival – INDEPENDENT FILM COMPETITION: DRAMATIC

As released by the Sundance Institute, this year’s 16 films were selected from 996 submissions. Each film is a world premiere.

INDEPENDENT FILM COMPETITION DRAMATIC:

  • ADRIFT IN MANHATTAN (Director: Alfredo de Villa; Screenwriters: Nat Moss, Alfredo de Villa) – Set in New York City, a grieving eye doctor is forced to take a closer look at her life; an aging artist confronts the loss of his eyesight, and a young photographer battles his innermost demons. [William Baldwin, Heather Graham]
  • BROKEN ENGLISH (Director and Screenwriter: Zoe Cassavetes) – A young woman in her thirties finds herself surrounded by friends who are married, in relationships or with children. She unexpectedly meets a quirky Frenchman who opens her eyes to a lot more than love. [Drea de Matteo, Parker Posey, Gena Rowlands, Griffin Dunne, a character named “Suri”; Zoe Cassavetes is the daughter of Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes]
  • FOUR SHEETS TO THE WIND (Director and Screenwriter: Sterlin Harjo) – Cufe Smallhill finds his father dead. Fulfilling a dying wish, he disposes of the body in the family pond and sets off to begin a new life in the big city of Tulsa.
  • THE GOOD LIFE (Director and Screenwriter: Steve Berra) – A story about a “mostly normal” young man whose small town existence running a faded movie palace is shaken when he comes in contact with a mysterious young woman. [Zooey Deschanel, Harry Dean Stanton, Bill Paxton, Chris Klein, Patrick Fugit, Drea de Matteo, and others; Steve Berra is a skater]
  • GRACE IS GONE (Director and Screenwriter: James C. Strouse) – A young father learns that his wife has been killed in Iraq and must find the courage to tell his young daughters the news. [John Cusack]
  • JOSHUA (Director: George Ratliff; Screenwriters: David Gilbert, George Ratliff) – A successful, young Manhattan family is torn apart by the machinations of Joshua, their eight-yea-old prodigy, when his newborn baby sister comes home from the hospital. [Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga]
  • NEVER FOREVER (Director and Screenwriter: Gina Kim) – When an American woman and her Asian-American husband discover they are unable to conceive, she begins a clandestine relationship with an attractive stranger in a desperate attempt to save her marriage. [Vera Fermiga]
  • ON THE ROAD WITH JUDAS (Director and Screenwriter: JJ Lask) – Reality, fiction and the notions of storytelling intertwine in this narrative about a young thief and the woman he loves. [NAPOLEON DYNAMITE’s brother Kip, the bad brother on GROUNDED FOR LIFE, the guy obsessed with Stiffler’s Mom in AMERICAN PIE]
  • PADRE NUESTRO (Director and Screenwriter: Christopher Zalla) – Fleeing a criminal past, Juan hops a track transporting illegal immigrants from Mexico to New York City, where he meets Pedro, who is seeking his long-lost father.
  • THE POOL (Director: Chris Smith; Screenwriters: Chris Smith, Randy Russell) – A boy wroking in a hotel becomes obsessed with a swimming pool at hom in the opulent hills of Panjim, Goa in India. HIs life gets turned upside-down when he attempts to meet the mysterious family that arrives at the house.
  • ROCKET SCIENCE (Director and Screenwriter: Jeffrey Blitz) – A 15-year-old boy from New Jersey with a stuttering problem falls in love with the star of the debate team and finds himself suddenly immersed in the ultra-competitive world of debating. [from the director of SPELLBOUND]
  • SNOW ANGELS (Director: David Gordon Green; Screenwriter: Stewart O’Nan) – A drama that interweaves the life of a teenager with his former baby-sitter, her estranged husband, and their daughter. [Kate Beckinsale, Griffin Dunne, Nicky Katt, Sam Rockwell, Amy Sedaris]
  • STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING (Director: Andrew Wagner; Screenwriters: Andrew Wagner, Fred Parnes) – The solitary life of a writer is shaken when a smart, ambitious graduate student convinces him that her thesis will bring him back into the literary spotlight. [Lauren Ambrose, Lili Taylor]
  • TEETH (Director and Screenwriter: Mitchell Lichtenstein) – Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a “physical advantage” when she becomes the object of male violence.
  • WEAPONS (Director and Screenwriter: Adam Bhala Lough) – WEAPONS presents a series of brutal, seemingly random youth-related killings over the course of a weekend in a typical working class American suburb, and tragically reveals how they are all interrelated. [Nick Cannon]
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