Sundance: 5 Sleepers That Could Surprise at the Festival

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'The Diary of a Teenage Girl'

It wouldn't be Sundance without two coming-of-age dramas, sex addicts and David Foster Wallace.

This story first appeared in the Jan. 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
(UTA)
Marielle Heller wrote and directed the coming-of-age story about a sexually precocious teen (Bel Powley) living in San Francisco in the 1970s. Can she pull off the tricky hybrid of live action and animation?

Dope (WME Global)
Another coming-of-age story, this one set in a gang-infested neighborhood in Inglewood. Writer-director Rick Famuyiwa tackles the story of a high school geek (Shameik Moore) trying to get into Harvard while dodging drug dealers and other obstacles.

The End of the Tour (UTA/WME)
Set in 1996, James Ponsoldt's fact-based drama captures the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and late author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel).

The Overnight (ICM)
Buyers are expecting quirky (but how quirky?) in this Patrick Brice-directed film about a young Los Angeles couple who spend a bizarre evening with the parents of their son's new friend. Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling star.

Zipper (CAA/Cinetic)
With shades of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner, this drama centers on a federal prosecutor and devoted family man (Patrick Wilson) whose political future is in jeopardy thanks to his burgeoning sex addiction.

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