Here is the complete list of films. The Sundance Institute announced today the lineup of films selected to screen in the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 25th Sundance Film Festival. In addition to the four Competition categories, the Festival presents films in five out-of-competition sections to be announced tomorrow. It’s a star-studded assembly of actors including Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon, Chris Rock, Kevin Bacon, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham, Timothy Hutton, Paul Giamatti, David Strathairn, Emily Watson, Alan Cumming, Sandra Bernhard as well as name singers Lenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey. The 2009 Sundance Film Festival runs January 15-25 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.
“This year’s films are not narrowly defined. Instead we have a blurring of genres, a crossing of boundaries: geographic, generational, socio-economic and the like,” said Geoffrey Gilmore, Director, Sundance Film Festival. “The result is both an exhilarating and emotive Festival in which traditional mythologies are suspended, discoveries are made, and creative storytelling is embraced.” [Meanwhile, Gilmore received the First Annual Sydney Pollack Award presented by the American Cinematheque honoring “someone who has been of critical importance and continuing influence in non-profit film exhibition, film preservation and/or independent film promotion and distribution – people whose work Sydney supported and found to be so valuable, who are not often recognized for their efforts.”]
“Audiences may be surprised by how much emotion this year’s films evoke,” said John Cooper, Director of Programming, Sundance Film Festival. “We are seeing the next evolution of the independent film movement where films focus on storytelling with a sense of connection and purpose.”
For the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, 118 feature-length films were selected including 87 world premieres, 19 North American premieres, and 4 U.S. premieres representing 21 countries with 41 first-time filmmakers, including 28 in competition. These films were selected from 3,661 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,905 U.S. and 1,756 international feature-length films.