This section comprises "17 selections of the latest work from established American and international directors and world premieres of highly anticipated films".
Longford and Clubland
An American Crime
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Tommy O'Haver; Writer: Tommy O'Haver, Irene Turner; Stars: Ellen Page, Catherine Keener, Hayley McFarland, Ari Graynor, Evan Peters, Bradley Whitford, Hannah Leigh Dworkin, Scout Taylor-Compton, Carlie Westerman, Nick Searcy, James Franco)
A fictionalised account of the true story of a young girl's torturous ordeal at the hands of a troubled mother of seven in 1960s Indianapolis.
Away From Her
(Country: Canada; Year: 2006; Director: Sarah Polley; Writer: Sarah Polley, adapted from the story by Alice Monro; Stars: Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Kristen Thomson, Wendy Crewson, Alberta Watson)
A married couple come to terms with Alzheimer's. Enjoying a limited Valentine's re-release in some London cinemas.
US Premiere and Salt Lake City Gala
Black Snake Moan
(Country: US; Year: 2006; Director: Craig Brewer; Writer: Craig Brewer; Stars: Samuel L Jackson, Christina Ricci, John Cothran Jr, Justin Timberlake, S Epatha Merkerson, David Banner, Bevan Bell, Cody Block, Clare Grant, Robert L. Jacobs, Rhianna Kelling)
Bluesman tries to 'cure' nymphomaniac in messy melodrama, with chains.
(Country: US, Canada; Year: 2007; Director: Jarrett Schaefer; Writer: Jarrett Schaefer; Stars: Jared Leto, Lindsay Lohan, Judah Friedlander, Ursula Abbott, George Bryant II, Kevin Cannon, Mark Lindsay Chapman, Melissa Demyan, Jeane Fournier, Molly Griffith, Matthew Humphreys,)
The days leading up to the assassination of John Lennon.
(Country: USA; Year: 2006; Director: Brett Morgen; Writer: Brett Morgen; Stars: Hank Azaria, Dylan Baker, David Dellinger, Abbie Hoffman, William Kunstler, Nick Nolte, Jerry Rubin, Mark Ruffalo, Roy Scheider, Liev Schreiber, Bobby Seale)
Dramatised reconstruction and archival footage concerning the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago the subsequent “civil unrest” and trials that followed.
World Premiere. Opening night Park City
Away From Her and Son Of Rambow
Clubland (Introducing The Dwights)
(Country: Australia; Year: 2007; Director: Cherie Nowlan; Writer: Keith Thompson; Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Emma Booth, Peter Callan, Khan Chittenden, Brendan Clearkin, Russell Dykstra, Rebecca Gibney, Frankie J. Holden, Philip Quast, Katie Wall, Richard Wilson)
Comedy performer finds growing old is a funny business.
The Good Night
(Country: US, UK, Germany; Year: 2007; Director: Jake Paltrow; Writer: Jake Paltrow; Stars: Penélope Cruz, Martin Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Simon Pegg, Danny DeVito, Keith Allen, Skye Bennett, Steffan Boje, Franco Bulaon, Lucy DeVito, Sonia Doubell), Trailer
A pop-star turned jingle writer seeks solace from his midlife crisis in his dreams.
King Of California
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Mike Cahill; Writer: Mike Cahill; Stars: Michael Douglas, Evan Rachel Wood, Willis Burks II, Laura Kachergus, Paul Lieber, Kathleen Wilhoite, Anne L. Nathan, Arthur Santiago, Ashley Greene, Ian Hopps, Anna Khaja)
An unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that there's Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia.
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Nelson George; Writer: Nelson George, Jim McKay, Hannah Weyer; Stars: Queen Latifah, Anna Deavere Smith, Wendell Pierce, Rachel Nicks, Evan Ross, Gloria Reuben, Tony Rock, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Limary Agosto, Carlo Alban)
The African-American community's HIV crisis seen through the eyes of a survivor who is a mother, a former addict and an AIDS activist.
(Country: UK; Year: 2006; Director: Tom Hooper; Writer: Peter Morgan; Stars: Jim Broadbent, Samantha Morton, Lindsay Duncan, Andy Serkis, Robert Pugh, Lee Boardman)
Docudrama about penal reform campaigner Lord Longford, with particular reference to Moors murderer Myra Hindley.
The Nines and The Good Night
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: John August; Writer: John August; Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, Melissa McCarthy, Elle Fanning, Dahlia Salem, David Denman, Octavia Spencer, Ben Falcone, Sean Andrews, Greg Baine, Nicholas Garren), Official Site
Alternative reality comedy thriller about a man who may or may not be a celebrity.
Resurrecting the Champ
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Rod Lurie; Writer: Michael Bortman, Allison Burnett, Michael Bortman, Allison Burnett, JR Moehringer; Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, Dakota Goyo, Alan Alda, Rachel Nichols, Teri Hatcher, Kristen Shaw, Nick Sandow, David Paymer, Harry J. Lennix)
A down on his luck sports reporter has his life and career upturned when he lands the story of his career: A former heavyweight boxing superstar, previously thought to be dead, is living his final years on the streets. Finally, he can earn the respect of his wife and editor-but the dark secret he finds may be too much for him to bear.
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Tamara Jenkins; Writer: Tamara Jenkins; Stars: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, David Zayas, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Cara Seymour, Tonye Patano, Guy Boyd, Debra Monk, Rosemary Murphy)
A brother and sister must cope with their elderly father’s increasing care needs.
Son Of Rambow (Son of Rambow: A Home Movie)
(Country: UK; Year: 2007; Director: Garth Jennings; Writer: Garth Jennings; Stars: Bill Milner, Will Poulter, Zofia Brooks, Neil Dudgeon, Tallulah Evans, Adam Godley, Diane Leach, Paul Ritter, Sam Spivack, Jessica Hynes, Eric Sykes), Official Site
Delightful comedy about childlike imagination and love of the movies.
Summer Rain (El Camino De Los Ingleses)
(Country: Spain, UK; Year: 2006; Director: Antonio Banderas; Writer: Antonio Soler, Antonio Soler; Stars: Alberto Amarilla, María Ruiz, Félix Gómez, Raúl Arévalo, Marta Nieto, Mario Casas, Fran Perea, Antonio Garrido, Antonio Zafra, Victor Perez, Cuca Escribano)
The film is adapted from an award-winning novel written by the director's childhood friend, Antonio Soler, and is a deeply personal and poetic recreation of their generation growing up in Malaga in the late Seventies.
The Savages and Year Of The Dog
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner; Writer: Jose Rivera, Peter Landesman; Stars: Kevin Kline, Cesar Ramos, Alicja Bachleda-Curus, Paulina Gaitan, Marco Pérez, Linda Emond, Zack Ward, Kate del Castillo, Tim Reid, Pavel Lychnikoff, Natalia Traven)
Adriana is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, to save her. As Jorge dodges immigration officers and incredible obstacles to track the girls' abductors, he meets Ray, a Texas cop whose own family loss to sex trafficking leads him to become an ally in the boy's quest.
Year Of The Dog
(Country: US; Year: 2007; Director: Mike White; Writer: Mike White; Stars: Molly Shannon, Laura Dern, Peter Sarsgaard, John C Reilly, Regina King, Thomas McCarthy, Josh Pais, Amy Schlagel, Zoe Schlagel, Dale Godboldo, Inara George)
Offbeat fairytale about a woman who tries to fill a void in her life after her dog dies.