Sundance Film Competition Slate Announced

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Still waiting on the midnight films rundown

Sundance Institute announced today the line-up of films selected from a record number of submissions for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions for the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The premier showcase for the best new work by American and international independent filmmakers, Sundance Film Festival provides audiences with abundant opportunities to discover today’s most innovative films. In addition to the four competition categories, the Festival presents films in five out-of-competition sections to be announced tomorrow.

The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27, 2008, in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available here.

Although today’s announcement didn’t yield any horror film scoops, two films on the radar we’re curious about seeing are:

Choke (Director and Screenwriter: Clark Gregg) – An adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s (Fight Club) novel, Choke is the sardonic story about mother and son relationship, fear of aging, sexual addiction, and the dark side of historical theme parks. Cast: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly MacDonald, Brad Henke. World Premiere

Sleep Dealer (Director: Alex Rivera; Screenwriters: Alex Rivera, David Riker) – Set in a near-future, militarized world marked by closed borders, virtual labor and a global digital network that joins minds and experiences, three strangers risk their lives to connect with each other and break the barriers of technology. Cast: Luis Fernando Pena, Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas. World Premiere

We’ll bring you an update tomorrow as the out-of-competition films are unveiled, including those in the Park City at Midnight category: The Park City at Midnight films amuse, surprise, or shock the bleary-eyed viewer and offer a lively last stop on the nightly social circuit or a final dose of cinematic nourishment for the film obsessed. A treat for true cinephiles and casual filmgoers alike, this section presents and eclectic mix of horror, over-the-top comedies, surreal tales, explicit animation, and bizarre stories that defy categorization.

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Source: Sundance Institute