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Deadline December 9, 2013
Sundance 2014: William H. Macy- Helmed ‘Rudderless’ Gets Closing-Night Slot; Roger Ebert Docu & ‘The Raid 2′ Among Premiere Selections
by The Deadline Team
The Sundance Film Festival today unveiled its Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections for the 30th anniversary gathering in Park City next month. Among the selections in the competition sections is the William H. Macy-directed musical drama Rudderless, which will be the fest’s closing night film. The rock and roll themed pic is the Shameless star’s feature directorial debut and stars him as well as Selena Gomez Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, Anton Yelchin, and Laurence Fishburne, Rudderless will play at 6:30PM on the night of January 24th in the Eccles at the upcoming Sundance, which runs January 16-26.
Among other premiering films announced today for next month’s Sundance is a documentary about one of the festival’s biggest supporters Roger Ebert. The Steve James-directed film about the Pulitzer Prize winning critic, who passed away on April 4 this year, will see the writer’s wife Chaz Ebert in attendance. This coming Sundance also sees the festival’s first Fellowship for Film Criticism inspired by Ebert. The 2014 festival will see the return of directors Michael Winterbottom, Gregg Araki and Lynn Shelton, who had her Your Sister’s Sister follow-up Touchy Feely in the 2013 festival, with new films. The Indonesian action pic The Raid 2 will debut at Sundance as will Anton Corbijn’s adaptation of John le Carré’s bestseller book A Most Wanted Man starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, the 2012 Presidential campaign docu Mitt about the GOP nominee, the Lenny Abrahamson-directed rock band comedy Frank with Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Arrested Development alumni David Cross’ directorial debut Hits, among others. Tomorrow Sundance will reveal its Shorts line-up for the 2014 Festival. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr and Dominic Patten will be in Utah leading our coverage next month but in the meantime, check out today’s release here:
A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.
Hits / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: David Cross) — A small town in upstate New York is populated by people who wallow in unrealistic expectations. There, fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them. Cast: Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, Wyatt Cenac.
Laggies / U.S.A. (Director: Lynn Shelton, Screenwriter: Andrea Seigel) — Laggies is a coming of age story about a 28-year-old woman stuck in permanent adolescence. Unable to find her career calling, still hanging out with the same friends, and living with her high school boyfriend, Megan must finally navigate her own future when an unexpected marriage proposal sends her into a panic. Cast: Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, Mark Webber.
Love is Strange
A Most Wanted Man
Nick Offerman: American Ham
The One I Love
The Raid 2
They Came Together / U.S.A. (Director: David Wain, Screenwriters: Michael Showalter, David Wain) — This subversion/spoof/deconstruction of the romantic comedy genre has a vaguely, but not overtly, Jewish leading man, a klutzy, but adorable, leading lady, and New York City itself as another character in the story. Cast: Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, Christopher Meloni.
The Trip to Italy
White Bird in a Blizzard