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Sundance 2011 lineup announced

Vera Farmiga gets to sit in the director's chair... Chastity Bono gets a sex change... Sesame Street's Elmo gets a doc about himself... Paul Rudd gets Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer to play his sisters...and Kevin Smith gets to explore "Red State" fundamentalism as the Sundance Film Festival gets set for its January, 2011 run.

Sundance 2011 lineup announced

The folks at the Sundance Film Festival, the annual Park City, Utah, event, announced in-competition and out-of-competition titles this week, and while it’s pretty much a guessing game until they’re actually screened, there’s plenty here that sounds promising, provocative, possibly great. Stars with work onscreen (the fest runs Jan. 20- 30) include Al Pacino, Ewan McGregor, John C. Reilly, Sigourney Weaver, Greg Kinnear, Laura Linney, Kevin Spacey, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks.
 
Typically, at least one or two films emerge from Sundance with a burning winter glow -- and a distribution deal. Here are just a few (potential) highlights:
 
Higher Ground  Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga’s directing debut, about an unhappy  woman who turns to fundamentalists for help. (See photo of Farmiga and Dagmara Dominczyk with their hands out to God – or maybe they just had manicures.)
 
Red State  Directed by New Jersey’s own Kevin Smith, about a band of misfits who encounter fundamentalists (a trend!) in the Midwest. Michael Parks, John Goodman and Melissa Leo are among the stars.
 
My Idiot Brother The ever affable Paul Rudd is a dealer who moves in with each of his sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer) after doing time for a pot bust.
 
Perfect Sense A love story with Ewan McGregor and Eva Green, from David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Mister Foe).
 
The Details Dark comedy with Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks.
 
Meek's Cutoff Director Kelly Reichardt reteams with her Wendy and Lucy star Michelle Williams in this indie western that also boasts Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Bruce Greenwood and Shirley Henderson.
 
Becoming Chaz  Doc about Sonny and Cher progeny Chastity Bono's transition from female to male.
 
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey  The man behind Sesame Street’s fire engine red fur ball.

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold Morgan (Super Size Me) Spurlock’s doc about Hollywood marketing, advertising and product placement.
 
Reagan  Documentarian Eugene Jarecki profiles the iconic 40th U.S. president.
 
Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times How the media landscape is changing, as seen from the newsroom of the vaunted daily.

 

 
Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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