The best film that I saw at Sundance was triple threat Miranda July's The Future, an accessibly entertaining wild ride of a sci-fi relationship movie, in which she casts herself as the bad guy and you know that she is likely to leave her lunky boyfriend, played by Hamish Linklater--one of the talent discoveries of the festival (who is not, thankfully, an it-girl). A New Yorker writer, video artist and performer, July's voice comes through loud and clear. After winning kudos for 2005 Sundance entry Me You and Everyone We Know (which first broke out John Hawkes, this year's Winter's Bone Oscar-nominee), she went on to complete a book of short stories and a performance piece which she then used as the starting point for The Future. Breaking up with boyfriend Miguel Arteta also contributed to this narrative.
See my Flip Cam interview below (and Eric Kohn's review).
While studio theatrical distributors Paramount (Like Crazy), Fox Searchlight (four films including Another Earth), Sony Pictures Classics (three films including Salvation Boulevard) and Focus (Pariah) all made Sundance buys --and indie Weinstein Co. paid a premium for their two pick-ups, Lionsgate specialty distrib Roadside Attractions landed some of my fave Sundance titles: Margin Call, Project Nim and now, North American rights to The Future, beating out rivals IFC and Oscilloscope.