The 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday announced some of its edgier offerings.
"I couldn't be more pleased to announce the films selected for these sections because they illustrate the tremendous creativity and vibrancy of the independent film community," Trevor Groth, festival director of programming, said in a news release.
Spotlight films include:
- "Mud," with Matthew McConaughey as a fugitive who asks two teen boys to help him evade bounty hunters and reunite with his true love. Reese Witherspoon and Sam Shepard also appear.
- "Fill the Void," an Israeli film about a devout 18-year-old who is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister despite her dream of independence.
- "Stories We Tell," a documentary from Canada about secrets kept by a family of storytellers.
New Frontier films include:
- "Charlie Victor Romeo," a theatrical documentary derived from black box transcripts of six real, major airline emergencies.
- "Fat Shaker," an Iranian film about an obese father and his handsome, deaf son, and how a beautiful young woman upsets the balance of their relationship.
- And "Interior. Leather Bar.," which reimagines the 40 minutes of racy footage cut from the 1980s film "Cruising" to avoid an X rating. James Franco stars.
Park City at Midnight films include:
- "In Fear," a British film about a couple trapped in a maze of country roads, with only their vehicle for protection, until they realize the evil is with them in the car.
- "Virtually Heroes," about two self-aware characters in a "Call of Duty"-style video game who struggle with their screwy, frustrating existence.
- And "We Are What We Are," about a storm that turns up clues that lead authorities closer and closer to the cannibalistic Parker family. Actors include Bill Sage, Wyatt Russell and Kelly McGillis.
Upcoming Sundance film announcements include a Monday announcement of the Premieres and Documentary Premieres program; and a Tuesday announcement of the Short Films programs.
Sundance organizers anticipate posting the full film schedule, complete with screening times and venue information, on Dec. 14. Find it at www.sundance.org/festival.
The 2013 festival is Jan. 17-27 in Park City, with satellite sites in Ogden, Salt Lake City and Sundance.