Dunst, Blunt among big stars in Ogden's Sundance lineup

Dunst, Blunt among big stars in Ogden's Sundance lineup

Story by Nancy Van Valkenburg , Standard-Examiner staff - Dec 9 2011 - 8:12pm
Kristin Dunst's "Bachelorette" will screen at the Ogden venue of the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Group: Sundance Film Festival 2012

OGDEN -- The 2012 Sundance Film Festival today announced the selection of independent films coming to Ogden.

There will be a dozen films this year, with six premieres starring such actors as Chris Rock, Susan Sarandon, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Radnor, Liv Tyler and Frank Langella. There are three Spotlights, which the festival describes as "Cinema we love," one showcasing the talent of Emily Blunt. Add to that a Documentary Premiere, a World Dramatic film, a World Documentary, and that's the lineup.

Here are descriptions of Ogden's Sundance films:

"Wish You Were Here," World Dramatic (Australia), 6:30 Jan. 21. Expectant parents Alice and Dave join Alice's younger sister, Steph, and her new boyfriend, Jeremy, on an impromptu tropical getaway in Cambodia. But following Jeremy's abrupt disappearance, the others must attempt to return to their normal lives in Sydney. The shell-shocked survivors' recovery begins to fall apart when a stinging truth about their time in Cambodia is revealed. Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer.

"Your Sister's Sister," Spotlight, 9:30 p.m. Jan. 21. In this subtle romantic comedy, Jack finds himself still struggling a year after his brother's death. His best friend Iris prescribes solitary reflection and sends him to her father's empty cabin. But she doesn't realize her sister Hannah is there for similar reasons, having just walked out on a seven-year relationship. Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt.

"Wuthering Heights," Spotlight, 3 p.m. Jan. 22. Sundance describes this as a breathtaking reinvention of Emily Bronte''s classic novel of a passionate, destructive love set on the Yorkshire moors of the late 18th century. Kaya Scodelario, James Howson.

"Searching for the Sugar Man," World Documentary (Sweden, United Kingdom), 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Rodriguez was the greatest '70s U.S. rock icon who never was. His albums were critically well received, but sales bombed, and he faded away into obscurity among rumors of a gruesome death. However, as fate would have it, a bootleg copy of his record made its way to South Africa, where his music became a phenomenal success.

"Arbitrage," Premieres, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Billionaire hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere), on the eve of his 60th birthday, finds himself desperately trying to sell his trading empire to a major bank before the extent of his fraud is discovered. Susan Sarandon.

"Red Lights," Premieres, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origins. Simon Silver, a legendary blind psychic, reappears after an enigmatic absence of 30 years to become the greatest international challenge to both orthodox science and professional sceptics. Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro.

"2 Days in New York," Premieres, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Marion (Julie Delpy) and Mingus (Chris Rock) live with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. When Marion's jolly father, her oversexed sister, and her sister's outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for a visit, it initiates two unforgettable days that will test Marion and Mingus's relationship.

* "Bachelorette," Premieres, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Regan (Kirsten Dunst) is used to being first at everything, but she must deal with it when she finds out the girl everyone called Pig Face in high school is going to tie the knot before she does. Reagan shares bridesmaid duties with two other childhood pals, now a promiscuous substance abuser and a ditz.

* "Robot and Frank," Premieres, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27. A dramatic comedy/buddy picture/heist film. Curmudgeonly old Frank (Frank Langella) lives by himself, but his children (Liv Tyler and James Marsden) buy him a caretaker robot. Frank soon appreciates the benefits of robotic support, and eventually treats his robot like a true companion, which reignites his passion for his old, unlawful profession.

* "Liberal Arts," Premieres, 9:30 Jan. 27. Newly single, 35, and uninspired by his job, Jesse Fisher (Josh Radnor) worries that his best days are behind him until his former professor invites him back to college to speak at a retirement dinner, where Jesse meets a beautiful sophomore.

"Bones Brigade: An Autobiography," Documentary Premiere, 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28. In the early 1980s, skateboarding was fading away until Stacy Peralta brought a profoundly talented group of outsiders together and dubbed them the Bones Brigade. Footage of Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Tony Hawk.

"Monsieur Lazhar," Spotlight, 6:30 Jan. 28. During a harsh Montreal winter, an elementary school class is left reeling after their teacher commits suicide. Bachir Lazhar, a charismatic Algerian immigrant, steps in as the substitute teacher for the classroom of traumatized children. All the while, he must keep his personal life tucked away: the fact that he is seeking political refuge in Quebec, and that he, like the children, has suffered an appalling loss. Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse.

For more information on the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City and at other satellite venues, visit www.sundance.org. Individual ticket sales for Ogden screenings go on sale Jan. 7 at the city's Sundance venue, Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd. Tickets are $15 each.

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