Sundance Film Festival 2012

A showcase of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year from new and established directors. Presented by Entertainment Weekly. Each is a world premiere.

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Arbitrage Arbitrage
Arbitrage and Lay The Favourite
2 Days In New York (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Julie Delpy; Writer: Julie Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Alexandre Nahon; Stars: Chris Rock, Julie Delpy, Vincent Gallo, Kate Burton, Dylan Baker, Brady Smith, Malinda Williams, Alex Manette, Emily Wagner, Alexia Landeau, Erin Maya Darke, Albert Delpy, Alexandre Nahon, Darlene Violette, Tatina de Marinis)
Trouble brews for a New York couple when French relatives come to stay.
World premiere
Arbitrage (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Nicholas Jarecki; Writer: Nicholas Jarecki; Stars: Richard Gere, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Susan Sarandon, Monica Raymund, William Friedkin, Laetitia Casta, Josh Pais, Stuart Margolin, Evelina Oboza, Bruce Altman, Chris Eigeman, Nate Parker, Paula Devicq, Angel Picard-Ami), Trailer
A 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.
World premiere
Bachelorette (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Leslye Headland; Writer: Leslye Headland; Stars: Kirsten Dunst, James Marsden, Isla Fisher, Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Rebel Wilson, Arden Myrin, Hayes MacArthur, Kyle Bornheimer, Meg Phillips, Ella Rae Peck, Leslie Meisel, Megan Neuringer, Chris Cardona, Gil O'Brien)
An imminent marriage opens old wounds for a group of friends.
World premiere
California Solo (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Marshall Lewy; Writer: Marshall Lewy; Stars: Robert Carlyle, Danny Masterson, Kathleen Wilhoite, William Russ, A Martinez, Patrick Gallagher, Alexia Rasmussen, Michael Des Barres, Brad Greenquist, Hal Landon Jr., Ella Joyce, Savannah Lathem, Niko Nicotera, Robert Cicchini, Jamal Kazak), Trailer
An ageing, faded Britpop star is forced to confront his past if he wants to avoid deportation from the US.
World premiere
Celeste And Jesse Forever (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Lee Toland Krieger; Writer: Rashida Jones, Will McCormack; Stars: Emma Roberts, Rashida Jones, Elijah Wood, Ari Graynor, Eric Christian Olsen, Andy Samberg, Chris D'Elia, Chris Messina, Sarah Wright, Rafi Gavron, Janel Parrish, Joel Michaely, Will McCormack, Matthew Del Negro, Jason Antoon)
Two best friends struggle to come to terms with sharing the perfect divorce.
World premiere
Liberal Arts Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Robot And Frank
For A Good Time, Call... (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Jamie Travis; Writer: Lauren Miller, Katie Anne Naylon; Stars: Seth Rogen, Justin Long, Ari Graynor, Mimi Rogers, Nia Vardalos, Mark Webber, Lauren Miller, James Wolk, Sugar Lyn Beard, Vanessa Britting, Don McManus, Justin Wheelon, Veronika Dash, Michael Medico, Lawrence Mandley)
Odd couple flatmates get into the phone sex business in a cheerfully smutty comedy.
World premiere
Goats (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Christopher Neil; Writer: Mark Poirier; Stars: Vera Farmiga, David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Keri Russell, Ty Burrell, Dakota Johnson, Justin Kirk, Graham Phillips, Evan Boymel, Adelaide Kane, Justin Wheelon, Olga Segura, Nicholas Lobue, Ricardo Andres, Tommee May)
Ellis leaves his unconventional desert home to attend the disciplined and structured Gates Academy. There, he reconnects with his estranged father and for the first time questions the family dynamics.
World premiere
Lay The Favourite (Lay The Favorite) (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Stephen Frears; Writer: Beth Raymer, DV DeVincentis; Stars: Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Vaughn, Rebecca Hall, Laura Prepon, Joshua Jackson, Frank Grillo, John Carroll Lynch, Corbin Bernsen, Joel Murray, Andrea Frankle, Lara Grice, Dominique DuVernay, Michelle Torres, Jo Newman)
A young woman gets involved with a group of geeky older men who have found a way to work the sportsbook system in Las Vegas to their advantage.
World premiere
Liberal Arts (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Josh Radnor; Writer: Josh Radnor; Stars: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, Zac Efron, Elizabeth Reaser, John Magaro)
When 30-something Jesse is invited back to his alma mater, he falls for a 19-year-old college student and is faced with the powerful attraction that springs up between them.
World premiere
Predisposed (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Phil Dorling; Writer: Phil Dorling, Ron Nyswaner; Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, Tracy Morgan, Stephanie March, Sarah Ramos, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Jayce Bartok, Tanya Wright, Neal Huff, Emma Rayne Lyle, Harper Dill, Kai Chapman, Kevin Cannon, Kamil Dabrowski, Wayne Pyle)
Eli Smith, a piano prodigy, is dealing with his troubled mother and enlisting help from a hapless drug dealer on the day he has an audition for a prestigious music program. Events spiral comically out of control as this gang of misfits faces the mistakes of the past, the challenges of the future, and the possibilities of love.
World premiere
California Solo California Solo
California Solo and Red Lights
Price Check (Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Michael Walker; Writer: Michael Walker; Stars: Juan Luis Acevedo, Frank Amoruso, Remy Auberjonois, Jayce Bartok, Brian Berrebbi, Natalie Best, Teena Byrd, Samrat Chakrabarti, Victor Cruz, Joe D'Onofrio, Elle Donoghue, Finn Donoghue, Edward Herrmann, Cheyenne Jackson, Stephen Kunken)
Pete is having trouble resolving a happy marriage and family life with rising debt and a job he hates. When his new boss pulls him into the maelstrom that is her life, money and opportunities come his way, but at what price?
World premiere
Red Hook Summer (Year: 2012; Director: Spike Lee; Writer: Spike Lee; Stars: Limary Agosto, Turron Kofi Alleyne, Daniel Breaker, Colman Domingo, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Samantha Ivers, Kalon Jackson, Spike Lee, Keke Palmer, Nate Parker, Clarke Peters, James Ransone, Heather Simms, Fred Tolliver Jr.)
A young Atlanta boy spends his summer in Brooklyn with his grandfather, who he's never seen before.
World premiere
Red Lights (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Rodrigo Cortés; Writer: Rodrigo Cortés; Stars: Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen, Sigourney Weaver, Joely Richardson, Toby Jones, Craig Roberts, Jan Cornet, Karen David, Burn Gorman, Jeany Spark, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Garrick Hagon, Jesse Bostick, Jeff Mash)
Psychic debunkers target a clairvoyant who is determined to prove his talents are for real.
World premiere
Robot And Frank (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Jake Schreier; Writer: Christopher D Ford; Stars: Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, Liev Schreiber, Jeremy Strong, Katherine Waterston, Bonnie Bentley, Joshua Ormond, Dario Barosso, Rachael Ma, Dana Morgan, Hunter Reid, Jesse Newman)
A curmudgeonly OAP's kids install a robot as his caretaker.
World premiere
Shadow Dancer (Country: UK; Year: 2012; Director: James Marsh; Writer: Tom Bradby; Stars: Clive Owen, Gillian Anderson, Aidan Gillen, Andrea Riseborough, Domhnall Gleeson, Martin McCann, Stuart Graham, Michael McElhatton, Mark Huberman, Brid Brennan, Alan O'Neill, David Ryan, Morgan Watkins, David Kendellen, Daniel Tatarsky)
A woman caught up in the Troubles is forced to become a informant for MI5.
World premiere
Celeste And Jesse Forever Celeste And Jesse Forever
Celeste And Jesse Forever and 2 Days In New York
The Words (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal; Writer: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal; Stars: Olivia Wilde, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Ben Barnes, J.K. Simmons, John Hannah, Michael McKean, Zeljko Ivanek, Ron Rifkin, Liz Stauber, Nora Arnezeder, Jeanie Hackett, Gianpaolo Venuta)
Aspiring writer Rory Jansen finds another man's haunting memories in a collection of lost stories and claims them as his own, propelling him to literary stardom.
World premiere. Closing night film
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