Sundance 2011: What’s Gone Down in Park City So Far

Image from 'Like Crazy' which premiered at Sundance over the weekend.

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival kicked off last Thursday with some of the most highly anticipated films of the year slated to premiere. Every year more and more films have emerged from Sundance to achieve commercial, critical, and Oscar success so it is a festival always worth paying attention to. Here is a summary of some of the highlights from the Festival so far:

  • Margin Call goes to Roadside and Lionsgate. One of the first films that got people talking at this year’s festival was the financial meltdown drama Margin Call. Boasting a star-studded cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Demi Moore, and Zachary Quinto it is easy to see why distributors would like to grab this film. Release dates have not been announced yet, but expect this film to get some awards buzz as the year goes on. [Deadline]
  • The Guard draws positive buzz. Although no buyer has yet been announced, John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard is also receiving high praise from its first screening. Edward Douglas says the film is not perfect, but the Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong starrer is “filled with hilarious lines and a number of great scenes”. [Coming Soon]
  • Kevin Smith teases Red State. The critic-hating, publicity magnet Kevin Smith was able to get crowds buzzing when he pretended to be auctioning off distribution rights to his horror film Red State, but then announced he would be self-distributing under the SModcast name. He will also be taking the film on a cross-country tour where he will be screening it for $50-100 followed by a Q & A. It gets a U.S. release on October 19. [The Playlist]
  • Miranda July’s The Future is destined to divide audiences. When Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know premiered in 2005 it split critics with some hailing it as one of the year’s best and others calling it downright despicable. Eric Kohn thinks her next film, The Future, will have a similar fate, although he calls it “simultaneously funny and sad in its evocation of an L.A.-based thirty-something couple worried about the next stages of their lives.” [indieWIRE]
  • Tom McCarthy’s Win Win is a winner. One of the films I would definitely be in line to see were I at this year’s festival is Tom McCarthy’s Win Win, starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. It seemed to be generally well-received by attending critics with Jeff Wells lamenting that other “family-friendly” movies are not as good. [Hollywood Elsewhere]
  • Hobo With a Shotgun does the Grindhouse genre proud. One of the trailers that was going around the internet when Tarantino and Rodriguez’s Grindhouse premiered was for a film called Hobo With a Shotgun. Years later the film is complete and fans of the Grindhouse style of tribute film should enjoy it according to Drew McWeeny who says you’ve to got to have a “strong stomach and a sense of humor tuned to a particular pitch” to enjoy it. [HitFix]
  • Like Crazy could be this year’s emerging hit romance. Last year Blue Valentine was the talk  of the festival, the year before that it was (500) Day of Summer. It looks like this year a film called Like Crazy could fill in the twenty-somethings smart romance spot. [indieWIRE]

There will be another update later this week as more news and reviews come out of Park City. Stay tuned. Until then, check out this clip from Tom McCarthy’s Win Win.

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  • These sound intriguing! I think I’ll skip Hobo with a Gun, though. I don’t quite have the stomach for grindhouse films. Thanks for keeping us up to date on the news!

  • aax

    Hi! Great blog!

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