Magazine article Screen International

Lay the Favorite, Bachelorette among Sundance Premieres

Magazine article Screen International

Lay the Favorite, Bachelorette among Sundance Premieres

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Joining Stephen Frears and Leslye Headland are narrative entries 2 Days In New York from Julie Delpy, Nicholas Jarecki's financial thriller Arbitrage and Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer. Documentary Premieres includes fresh work from Joe Berlinger, Stacy Peralta and Ice-T.

Closing the festival is The Words starring Bradley Cooper, the feature directorial debut of Tron: Legacy writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. Robot And Frank starring Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden and Liv Tyler is the Salt Lake City Gala Film.

At time of writing none of the films in Premieres has US disitribution, although CAA is understood to have fielded several offers for the Kirsten Dunst comedy Bachelorette and buyers will doubtless be scrutinising the high-profile section.

"The fact that most of the Premieres have been produced completely independently further underscores the resourcefulness and tenacity of filmmakers in this climate," festival director John Cooper said. "That drive and entrepreneurial spirit has pushed narrative and documentary filmmakers alike to create rich stories which will entertain and inspire audiences at the festival and in the year to come."

Director of programming Trevor Groth added: "Featuring one of the most influential directors of all time returning to his Brooklyn roots as well as emerging filmmakers tackling big issues with sophistication beyond their experience, our Premieres section has much to offer - including a live performance/exhibition by Joseph Gordon Levitt's open collaborative production company hitRECord that defies categorisation. Our Documentary Premieres section features equally impressive filmmakers at the top of their game who have crafted impactful films that will both dazzle and enlighten."

All films listed below are world premieres unless stated otherwise. The festival provided all synopses.

PREMIERESA showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.

2 Days In New York (France)Director: Julie Delpy. Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Alexia LandeauMarion has broken up with Jack and now lives in New York with their child. A visit from her family, the different cultural background of her new boyfriend, her sister's ex-boyfriend, and her upcoming photo exhibition make for an explosive mix.Cast: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alex Nahon.

Arbitrage (US)Director and screenwriter: Nicholas JareckiA hedge-fund magnate is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire before the depths of his fraud are revealed. An unexpected, bloody error forces him to turn to the most unlikely corner for help.Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta.

Bachelorette (US)Director and screenwriter: Leslye HeadlandUnresolved issues between four high school friends come roaring back to life when the least popular of them gets engaged to one of the most eligible bachelors in New York City and asks the others to be bridesmaids in her wedding.Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden, Adam Scott, Kyle Bornheimer.

California Solo (US)Director and screenwriter: Marshall LewyA former Britpop rocker has long settled for an unfettered life working on a farm outside of L.A. When he's caught driving drunk and faces deportation, he must confront past and current demons in his life to stay in the country. Cast: Robert Carlyle, Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite, A Martinez, Danny Masterson.

Celeste And Jesse Forever (US)Director: Lee Toland Krieger. Screenwriters: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack.Celeste and Jesse met in high school, married young, and at 30, decide to get divorced but remain best friends while pursuing other relationships.Cast: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor, Chris Messina, Elijah Wood, Emma Roberts.

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