Sundance Premieres section sees changes


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Out of competition lineup: Premieres | Spectrum | New Frontier, Park City at Midnight

At the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, the gala Premieres, which used to take place in the chilly nighttime, will begin as early as 3 p.m. And there will be more Premieres than ever.

As the Sundance Institute announced the lineup of films screening out of competition at its 2008 edition, organizers said that the Premieres section has significantly expanded. This year, 24 films will play as galas, occupying the 3, 6 and 9:30 p.m. slots at the Eccles Theater in Park City, the festival's largest venue. By contrast, there were 17 Premieres at this year's Sundance.

Although he admitted he was tempted, festival director Geoffrey Gilmore said the size of Sundance has not expanded. The festival will again screen 121 feature films, which includes 81 world premieres. What organizers have done, director of programming John Cooper said, is to reposition films in the Spectrum category, which previously played in the 3 p.m. slot, into the Premiere section.

"These are films that deserve that (Premiere) position inside the Eccles," Cooper said.

The announcement rounds out the rest of the 2008 program, which includes Premieres, Spectrum, New Frontier and Park City at Midnight sections. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

The Premieres section showcases highly anticipated films from the American indie world and from international filmmakers. Perhaps the two most highly anticipated films are music related.

Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington's 3-D film of U2's Vertigo world tour -- snippets of which were shown in May at the Festival de Cannes -- will be presented in its entirety. The only question is: What 3-D glasses will be used?

Gilmore said the festival must decide between two different kinds of glasses or goggles. "Either way, there will be a single projector putting a split film image on the screen that are read by the (3-D) goggles," he said.

This year's closing-night film will be the world premiere of Bernard Shakey's "CSNY Deja Vu," which looks at the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young reunion tour and the musicians' connection to its audience in political and musical terms. Young is credited as a co-writer on the project.

Pellington performs a twofer this year as his "Henry Poole Is Here" also is in the Premieres section. After discovering he has a mere six weeks to live, Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) retreats from his everyday life for the comfort of booze, junk food and solitude until a "miracle" and his oddball neighbors intervene.

Another person who will be doing Q&As more than once will be actress-director Amy Redford, daughter of Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford. As an actress, she stars in "Sunshine Cleaning," an irreverent comedy that will play in Dramatic Competition. As a first-time director, she will present "The Guitar," which like "Henry Poole," centers on a person diagnosed with a terminal illness. Amos Poe's "Guitar" screenplay is about a woman (Saffron Burrows) without long to live who blows her savings to pursue her dreams.




Michel Gondry came to Sundance two years ago with his mind-blowing "The Science of Sleep." He now returns with his "Be Kind Rewind," in which Jack Black plays a man whose brain has become magnetized, leading to the unintentional destruction of all the movies in a friend's video store. In order to keep the store's one loyal customer, the pair re-create a long line of films including "The Lion King," "Rush Hour" and "Ghostbusters."

" 'Be Kind Rewind' will tax people's patience but has a wonderful payoff," Gilmore said.

As previously announced, the festival opens Jan. 17 in Park City with the world premiere of "In Bruges," written and directed by first-time filmmaker and award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh. The film, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, revolves around two hitmen ordered to take a forced holiday in Bruges, Belgium.

Two films about filmmaking should amuse the in-crowd. In Barry Levinson's "What Just Happened?" Robert De Niro plays a desperate producer struggling with a desperate film shoot. In Steven Schachter's "The Deal," William H. Macy co-writes and stars in a tale about another similarly desperate producer who cons a studio into financing a film that actually has no script.

The tongue-in-cheek latter film "brings back Meg Ryan to the kind of romantic roles she plays so well," Gilmore said.

Premieres also is the section containing several films seen at earlier festivals such as writer-director Tom McCarthy's "The Visitor" and Alan Ball's "Nothing Is Private" -- movies that deal with immigrants in America -- which debuted at Toronto, and Tom Kalin's "Savage Grace," which rocked Cannes with its themes of dynastic decline, incest, madness and death.

Sundance 2008 will throw an even brighter spotlight on documentaries by creating a sidebar within the Spectrum category for seven docus.

"The professional career of documentarians has changed dramatically," Gilmore said. "Documentaries were once a small world. Now it's a much broader spectrum of professionals and of people who move back and forth between features and documentaries, making films on subjects they are passionate about."

The Spectrum section also is where returning Sundance alums are to be found. To wit, "Made in America" by Stacy Peralta, who enjoyed a hit at the 2001 festival with "Dogtown and Z-Boys"; "Blind Date" from Stanley Tucci, who has come to Sundance with such interesting films as "Big Night" (1996) and "Joe Gould's Secret" (2000); "August" from Austin Chick, who made 2002's "XX/XY"; "Baghead" by writer-directors Mark and Jay Duplass, who brought "Scrapple" in 2004; and "Bottle Shock," a retelling of the famous 1976 blind wine tasting in Paris that rocketed California wines to fame and glory, from Randall Miller, whose "Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School" played in 2005.

Park City at Midnight usually is the repository of the strange and the bloody. This year, though, Gilmore insisted, "the genre films are very fresh with a strong quality of execution."

Quentin Tarantino, absent from Park City for a few years, returns to "present" Larry Bishop's modern-day take on 1960s biker flicks, "Hell Ride." A German-Canadian Midnight entry, "Otto (Up With Dead People)," is described by Gilmore as "an incredibly odd but interesting mix of gay zombies and a European setting."

The British "Donkey Punch," named after a risky sexual practice, is a thriller that takes place aboard a luxury yacht. And Michael Haneke will bring "Funny Games," an almost shot-by-shot remake of his 1997 Austrian chiller, only this time in English and in a Long Island setting.

The out of competition lineup follows:



Premieres

ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT, U.S.A. (Director: Brett Simon; Screenwriter: Kevin Jakubowski, Tim Calpin) -- A rookie journalist for the school paper unravels a mysterious plot involving the class president, drugs, and a ring of stolen test scores in this noir caper set at a quirky Catholic High School. Cast: Reece Thompson, Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Michael Rapaport, Kathryn Morris, Josh Pais. World Premiere

BE KIND REWIND, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Michel Gondry) -- When a man whose body accidentally becomes magnetized unintentionally erases every tape in his friend's video store, the pair set out to remake the lost films, including "Back the Future," "The Lion King" and "Robocop." Cast: Jack Black, Mos Def, Mia Farrow, Danny Glover. World Premiere

CSNY DEJA VU, U.S.A. (Director: Bernard Shakey; Screenwriters: Neil Young, Mike Cerre) -- The war in Iraq is the backdrop as the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young "Freedom of Speech Tour" crisscrosses North America. Echoes of Vietnam-era anti-war sentiment abound as the band connects with today's audiences. Cast: David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Mike Cerre, Stephen Colbert. World Premiere, Closing Night Film

THE DEAL, Canada (Director: Steven Schachter; Screenwriters: William H. Macy, Steven Schachter) -- A long-time Hollywood producer on the verge of suicide cons a major studio into financing a $100-million film based on a non-existent script, starring a black action star who has converted to Judaism. Cast: William H. Macy, Meg Ryan, LL Cool J. World Premiere

DEATH IN LOVE, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Boaz Yakin) -- A self-assured but neurotic 40-year-old bachelor attempts to make sense of his complicated life as he negotiates his sexual relationships in the shadow of his mother's concentration camp experience. Cast: Josh Lucas, Jacqueline Bisset, Adam Brody, Lukas Haas. World Premiere

DIMINISHED CAPACITY, U.S.A. (Director: Terry Kinney; Screenwriter: Sherwood Kiraly) -- Learning that his senile uncle harbors a priceless baseball card, Cooper embarks on a road trip intent on selling it to save money for his uncle's later years. He and his friends become entangled in the oddball world of baseball memorabilia and love. Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, Virginia Madsen, Dylan Baker. World Premiere

THE ESCAPIST, Ireland (Director: Rupert Wyatt; Screenwriters: Rupert Wyatt and Daniel Hardy) -- A convict twelve years into a life sentence is determined to make peace with his sick daughter. He develops an ingenious escape plan, recruiting a band of misfits to put it into action. Cast: Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Seu Jorge, Damian Lewis. World Premiere

THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Sean McGinly) -- When a law school dropout answers an advertisement to be a personal assistant he unknowingly signs on to work for a belligerent has-been magician struggling to resurrect his career. This leads to a journey across the country staging the comeback of a lifetime. Cast: Colin Hanks, John Malkovich, Emily Blunt, Tom Hanks, Steve Zahn. World Premiere, Salt Lake City Gala

THE GUITAR, U.S.A. (Director: Amy Redford; Screenwriter: Amos Poe) --The life of a woman is transformed after she is diagnosed with a terminal disease, fired from her job and abandoned by her boyfriend. Given two months to live, she throws caution to the wind to pursue her dreams. Cast: Saffron Burrows, Isaach De Bankole, Paz De La Huerta. World Premiere

HENRY POOLE IS HERE, U.S.A. (Director: Mark Pellington; Screenwriter: Albert Torres) -- Henry Poole abandons his fiancee and family business to spend what he believes are his remaining days alone. The discovery of a "miracle" by a nosy neighbor ruptures his solitude and restores his faith in life. Cast: Luke Wilson, Radha Mitchell, Cheryl Hines, Adriana Barraza. World Premiere

IN BRUGES, United Kingdom (Director and Screenwriter: Martin McDonagh) --Two London hit men are ordered to take a forced vacation in Bruges, Belgium. This is the suspenseful, twisted tale of how their time in exile goes awry. Cast: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clemence Poesy. World Premiere, Opening Night Film

INCENDIARY, United Kingdom (Director and Screenwriter: Sharon Maguire) -- A spirited young mother juggles grief and love in the aftermath of a dramatic terrorist attack in London. Cast: Michelle Williams, Ewan McGregor, Matthew MacFadyen. World Premiere

MERRY GENTLEMAN, U.S.A. (Director: Michael Keaton; Screenwriter: Ron Lazzeretti) -- After fleeing an abusive marriage, a young woman sets off to start a new life. When she finds herself an unwitting witness to a murder she stumbles into a curious friendship with a depressed hit man. Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Michael Keaton. World Premiere

A RAISIN IN THE SUN, U.S.A. (Director: Kenny Leon; Screenwriter: Paris Qualles) -- After moving to Chicago's South Side in the 1950s, a black family struggles to deal with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they strive for a better life. Adapted for the screen from Lorraine Hansberry's play, this is a moving portrait of dreams deferred. Cast: Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, Sean Patrick Thomas. World Premiere

SAVAGE GRACE, U.S.A. (Director: Tom Kalin, Screenwriter: Howard A. Rodman) --The true story of the beautiful and charismatic Barbara Daly, who married above her class to Brooks Baekeland, heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune. Their only child is a failure in his father's eyes, and as he matures and becomes increasingly close to his lonely mother, the seeds for tragedy are sown. Cast: Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, Eddie Redmayne. U.S. Premiere

SLEEPWALKING, Canada/ U.S.A. (Director: Bill Maher; Screenwriter: Zac Stanford) -- A young man ill equipped to raise his abandoned niece is forced to take responsibility when faced with the prospect of losing her to a foster home. Cast: Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, Charlize Theron, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Deborrah-Lee Furness. World Premiere

SMART PEOPLE, U.S.A. (Director: Noam Murro; Screenwriter: Mark Jude Poirier) -- An acerbic and self-absorbed literature professor has alienated his son and turned his daughter into an overachieving, friendless teen. When his brother unexpectedly shows up at his door, the man is forced is to confront his own life. Cast: Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Ellen Page, Ashton Holmes. World Premiere

TOWELHEAD (F.K.A. NOTHING IS PRIVATE)/ U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Alan Ball) -- The life of a 13-year-old Arab-American girl is illuminated as she navigates her way through the confusing and frightening path of adolescence and sexual awakening. Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Toni Collette, Summer Bishil. U.S. Premiere

TRANSSIBERIAN, Spain (Director: Brad Anderson; Screenwriters: Brad Anderson and Will Conroy) -- A Trans-Siberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Kate Mara, Thomas Kretschmann, Eduardo Noriega and Ben Kingsley. World Premiere

U2 3D, U.S.A. (Directors: Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington) -- A 3-D presentation of U2's global "Vertigo" tour. Shot at seven different shows, this production employs the greatest number of 3-D cameras ever used for a single project. World Premiere

THE VISITOR, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Tom McCarthy) -- A college professor becomes embroiled in the lives of a young immigrant couple he discovers squatting in his Manhattan apartment. Confronted with adversity, these strangers become inextricably bound together. Cast: Richard Jenkins, Hiam Abbass, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira. U.S. Premiere

WHAT JUST HAPPENED?, U.S.A. (Director: Barry Levinson; Screenwriter: Art Linson) -- A comedy about a desperate movie producer who is trying to survive a crazed director, a shameless actor, a clueless executive, a battered agent, and above all a broken second marriage while struggling to maintain a shred of dignity. Cast: Robert DeNiro, Bruce Willis, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro. World Premiere

THE YEAR OF GETTING TO KNOW US, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Patrick Sisam) -- A commitment-phobic man reunites with his estranged, ailing father and comes to terms with his own childhood. Cast: Jimmy Fallon, Chase Ellison, Lucy Liu, Sharon Stone, Tom Arnold. World Premiere

THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF, U.S.A. (Director: Udayan Prasad; Screenwriter: Erin Dignam) -- A recently released convict and a pair of disillusioned young people, three strangers of two generations, bound by loneliness, reach out to one another, embarking on a road trip through Louisiana. Cast: Maria Bello, William Hurt, Eddie Redmayne, Veronica Russell. World Premiere

Next page: Spectrum, dramatic and documentary



Spectrum (Dramatic)

AUGUST, U.S.A. (Director: Austin Chick; Screenwriter: Howard A. Rodman) -- An aggressive young dot-com entrepreneur struggles to keep his head above water as the bottom falls out of the market in August of 2001. Cast: Josh Hartnett, Adam Scott, Naomie Harris. World Premiere

BAGHEAD, U.S.A. (Directors and Screenwriters: Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass) -- As previously done in their last film "The Puffy Chair," the Duplass Brothers explore the minutiae of relationship dynamics in this in-depth study of a group of desperate actor friends. And a bag. And a head. Cast: Steve Zissis, Ross Partridge, Greta Gerwig. World Premiere

BIRDS OF AMERICA, U.S.A. (Director: Craig Lucas; Screenwriter: Elyse Friedman) -- Three siblings couldn't be more different, or more neurotic. But when they find themselves converging at the family manse, they become surprisingly indispensable to one another. Cast: Matthew Perry, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ben Foster. World Premiere

BLIND DATE, U.S.A. (Director: Stanley Tucci; Screenwriters: Stanley Tucci, David Schechter) -- A married couple has suffered a tragedy, and now the only way they can relate to one another is by meeting as different characters through a series of personal ads. A remake of the original work by the late Dutch director Theo van Gogh. Cast: Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Thijs Romer. World Premiere

BOTTLE SHOCK, U.S.A. (Director: Randall Miller; Screenwriters: Jody Savin, Randall Miller) -- The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as "Judgment of Paris." Cast: Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman, Chris Pine, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodriguez, Eliza Dushku. World Premiere

CHRONIC TOWN, U.S.A. (Director: Tom Hines; Screenwriter: Michael Kamsky) -- A bittersweet slice-of-life comedy about a cab driver with substance abuse problems who weathers a cold Alaskan winter with his cadre of friends and lovers. Cast: JR Bourne, Emily Wagner, Dan Butler. World Premiere

GOLIATH, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: David Zellner) -- Faced with a demotion, a pending divorce, and less-than-friendly neighbors, a man pins his hopes for salvation on finding his missing cat, Goliath. Cast: David Zellner, Caroline O'Connor, Nathan Zellner. World Premiere

A GOOD DAY TO BE BLACK & SEXY, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Dennis Dortch) -- Six progressive vignettes explore sexuality and relationships in the black community of Los Angeles. Cast: Kathryn Taylor, Valley Jones, Chonte' Harris. World Premiere

LOVE COMES LATELY, Germany/ Austria (Director and Screenwriter: Jan Schutte) -- An 80-year-old man continues to pursue his love life with youthful vigor, risking his relationship with the woman he loves. Based on the short stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Cast: Otto Tausig, Rhea Perlman, Tovah Feldshuh. U.S. Premiere

MOMMA'S MAN, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Azazel Jacobs) -- A man who has avoided his wife and child at home has a change of heart after an imposed stay in his own parents' loft. Cast: Flo Jacobs, Ken Jacobs, Dana Varon. World Premiere

QUID PRO QUO, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Carlos Brooks) -- A paraplegic New York public radio reporter becomes involved with a mysterious woman while researching a story about able-bodied people who secretly yearn to be paralyzed. Cast: Nick Stahl, Vera Farmiga, Kate Burton. World Premiere

RED, U.S.A. (Director: Trygve Diesen; Co-Director: Lucky McKee; Screenwriter: Stephen Susco) -- An older, reclusive man's best friend and inspiration for living is his 14-year-old dog named "Red." When three troublesome teens kill the dog for no good reason, the grieving man sets out for justice and redemption by whatever means available to him. Cast: Brian Cox, Tom Sizemore, Kim Dickens. World Premiere

Spectrum: Documentary Spotlight

ANVIL! THE TRUE STORY OF ANVIL, U.S.A. (Director: Sacha Gervasi) -- At 14, best friends Robb Reiner and Lips made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal," influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. World Premiere

THE BLACK LIST, U.S.A. (Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; Screenwriter: Elvis Mitchell) -- Journalist Elvis Mitchell interviews twenty African-American leaders, ranging from athletes and academics to politicians, social activists, and artists, providing a series of living portraits -- a unique glimpse into the zeitgeist of black America -- and redefining traditional notions of a "blacklist." World Premiere

KICKING IT, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Susan Koch) -- The lives of homeless people are changed forever through an international soccer competition. This film follows six players as they set off for Cape Town, South Africa to play in the Homeless World Cup. World Premiere

THE LINGUISTS, U.S.A. (Directors: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger; Screenwriter: Daniel A. Miller) -- David and Greg are "The Linguists," who document languages on the verge of extinction. In the rugged landscapes of Siberia, India, and Bolivia, their resolve is tested by institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest. World Premiere

MADE IN AMERICA, U.S.A. (Director: Stacy Peralta; Screenwriters: Stacy Peralta, Sam George) -- With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have led to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles. World Premiere

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?, France (Director: Morgan Spurlock; Screenwriters: Jeremy Chilnick and Morgan Spurlock) -- Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock explores every nook and cranny of the Middle East on a quest to find the world's most wanted man. World Premiere

YOUNG@HEART, United Kingdom (Director: Stephen Walker) -- A choir of Massachusetts senior citizens delights audiences worldwide with their covers of songs by everyone from The Clash and Coldplay to Jimi Hendrix and Sonic Youth.

Next page: New Frontier, Park City at Midnight



New Frontier

CASTING A GLANCE, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: James Benning) -- An experiential look at Robert Smithson's monumental sculpture, the Spiral Jetty, as it has evolved over 30 years in concert with the ebb and flow of the Great Salt Lake.

EAT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY (MANGE, CECI EST MON CORPS), France/ Haiti (Director and Screenwriter: Michelange Quay) -- A dreamlike meditation on the evolution of racial conquest and liberation in Haiti. Cast: Sylvie Testud. U.S. Premiere

FEAR(S) OF THE DARK (PEUR(S) DU NOIR), France (Directors: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Callou, Richard McGuire, Pierre Di Sciullio, Lorenzo Mattotti Screenwriters: Jerry Kramsky, Pirus, Romaine Slocombe, Artistic Director: Etienne Robial) -- Ten leading graphic artists and cartoonists have breathed life into their phobias and nightmares in this animated feature. North American Premiere

HALF-LIFE, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Jennifer Phang) -- As troubling signs of global cataclysms accelerate, a brother and sister react to their father's desertion and the powerful presence of their mother's new boyfriend. World Premiere

REVERSION, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Mia Trachinger) -- In a world in which the past, present and future simultaneously unfold, a woman whose genetic mutation leaves her devoid of morality struggles to preserve her romance with the man she loves. World Premiere

SEVEN INTELLECTUALS IN BAMBOO FOREST, PARTS 4 AND 5, U.S.A. (Artist: Yang Fudong) -- A rare screening of the artist's most recently completed films in his celebrated series, based on the history of seven intellectuals in the ancient Chinese Wei and Jin Dynasties.

Park City at Midnight

ADVENTURES OF POWER, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Ari Gold) -- In his quest to become the world's greatest air-drummer, a small-town dreamer must overcome obstacles and ridicule to save the day. Cast: Adrian Grenier, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Jean-Louis. World Premiere

THE BROKEN, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Sean Ellis) -- On a busy London street a woman sees herself driving by in her own car. Stunned, she trails the mystery woman as events take an eerie turn into a living nightmare. Cast: Lena Heady, Richard Jenkins, Asier Newman. World Premiere

GEORGE A. ROMERO'S DIARY OF THE DEAD, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: George A. Romero) -- When a group of film students making an indie horror film find themselves trapped in a world being consumed by flesh-eating zombies, they cleverly switch gears and use the camera to document the world crumbling around them. Cast: Nick Alachiotis, Matt Birman, George Buza, Wes Craven, Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Nick Alachiotis, Matt Birman, George Buza, Wes Craven, Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro. U.S. Premiere

DONKEY PUNCH, United Kingdom (Director: Olly Blackburn; Screenwriters: Olly Blackburn, David Bloom) -- After meeting at a nightclub in a Mediterranean resort, seven young adults decide to continue partying aboard a luxury yacht in the middle of the ocean. But when one of them dies in a freak accident the others argue about what to do, leading to a ruthless fight for survival. Cast: Robert Boulter, Sian Breckin, Tom Burke. World Premiere

FUNNY GAMES, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Michael Haneke) -- A family settles into its vacation home, which happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood. Cast: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Devon Gearhart.

HELL RIDE, U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Larry Bishop) -- Quentin Tarantino presents this bloody, sexy tale of motorcycle revenge. It's a modern-day take on 1960s motorcycle flicks, with bikers who hit the road to avenge the death of one of their "old ladies" at the hands of a rival motorcycle gang. Cast: Larry Bishop, Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen. World Premiere

OTTO; OR, UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE, Germany/ Canada (Director and Screenwriter: Bruce LaBruce) -- A lonely gay zombie searches for love and meaning in contemporary Berlin. Cast: Jey Crisfar, Katharina Klewinghaus, Susanne Sachsse, Marcel Schlutt. World Premiere

TIMECRIMES (LOS CRONOCRIMENES), Spain (Director and Screenwriter: Nacho Vigalondo) -- A man accidentally travels back to the past, only to meet himself there. He also encounters a series of mysteries--pieces of an unpredictable jigsaw puzzle of terror, drama, and suspense--that all lead to an unthinkable crime. Cast: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernandez, Barbara Goenaga.
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