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CINE-LIST's Ten Most Anticipated Films at Sundance 2014

Festivals
by Beth Hanna
January 16, 2014 11:37 AM
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Tizita Hagere in 'Difret'

5. “Difret." Angelina Jolie executive produced this drama following a 14-year-old Ethiopian girl, kidnapped into marriage, who stands on trial for murdering her abductor -- and would-be husband. A young woman defense lawyer bravely takes on the girl’s case in writer-director Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s feature debut. (Section: World Dramatic Competition.)

4. “Love Child." Documentarian Valerie Veatch (“ME @ THE ZOO”) turns her camera on an upsetting case from 2010, where a South Korean couple became so obsessed with online gaming they neglected to feed their infant child, resulting in the baby’s death. Per the festival program notes, the doc looks not only at the case but at the implications of internet addiction. Count my interest piqued. (Section: World Documentary Competition.)

3. “God's Pocket." John Slattery has directed some of the strongest episodes of “Mad Men,” so I'm fascinated to see what he does with this feature debut. Can’t beat the cast: Philip Seymour Hoffmann, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro and Eddie Marsan. The narrative follows the aftermath of a suspicious construction accident in a working-class town. (Section: US Dramatic Competition.)

Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman in Alex Ross Perry's "Listen Up Philip"

2. “White Bird in a Blizzard." Sundance alum Gregg Araki returns to more dramatic fare (recalling the tone of “Mysterious Skin”) with this dreamy looking portrait of a teen (Shailene Woodley) dealing with repressed memories of a traumatic event from years earlier: Her mother (Eva Green) went mysteriously missing. Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe and Thomas Jane also star. Watch the trailer, below. (Section: Premieres.)

1. “Listen Up Philip." Alex Ross Perry’s previous feature “The Color Wheel” had real bite -- and a doozy of an uncomfortable ending. With that film, he established himself as a director unafraid to push boundaries, so I can’t wait to see what he does with pro actors (Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman), in a tale of a narcissistic novelist who escapes the hubbub of New York to hole up in an isolated summer home. (Section: NEXT.)

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