January 11, 2013


The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is set to get underway later next week, and we here at Collider will be bringing you plenty of coverage from the fest as Steve, Matt, and myself will be descending on Park City.  To kick things off, we thought it’d be nice to take a look at some the available trailers for films that are set to screen at the festival.  Could one of these be the next Beasts of the Southern Wild?  Briefly:

  • Google and the World Brain – a documentary about Google’s attempt to accumulated all the world’s books.
  • Lasting – A suspense-filled drama playing in competition in the World Dramatic category.
  • I Used to Be Darker – A drama about a pregnant Northern Irish runaway who shacks up with American relatives, from director Matt Porterfield.
  • Charlie Victor Romeo – A 3D theatrical documentary that takes place in a cockpit and draws its material from the black box transcripts of six airline emergencies.
  • Gideon’s Army – A documentary that focuses on public defenders and America’s justice system.
  • Halley – A drama about a security guard afflicted with a strange illness that is ravaging his body.

Hit the jump to check out the trailers and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 17 – 27th.

Here’s the synopsis for Google and the World Brain:

Google and the World Brain / Spain, United Kingdom (Director: Ben Lewis) — In the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet, Google has been scanning the world’s books for 10 years. They said the intention was to build a giant digital library, but that involved scanning millions of copyrighted works.World Premiere

Here’s the synopsis for Lasting:

Lasting / Poland, Spain (Director and screenwriter: Jacek Borcuch) — An emotional love story about two Polish students who fall in love with each other while working summer jobs in Spain. An unexpected nightmare interrupts their carefree time in the heavenly landscape and throws their lives into chaos. Cast: Jakub Gierszal, Magdalena Berus, Angela Molina. World Premiere

Here’s the synopsis for I Used to Be Darker:

I Used to Be Darker / U.S.A. (Director: Matthew Porterfield, Screenwriters: Amy Belk, Matthew Porterfield) — A runaway seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore, only to find their marriage ending and her cousin in crisis. In the days that follow, the family struggles to let go while searching for things to sustain them. Cast: Deragh Campbell, Hannah Gross, Kim Taylor, Ned Oldham, Geoff Grace, Nick Petr.

Here’s the synopsis for Charlie Victor Romeo:

Charlie Victor Romeo / U.S.A. (Directors: Robert Berger, Karlyn Michelson, Screenwriters: Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Irving Gregory) — An award-winning theatrical documentary derived entirely from ‘Black Box’ transcripts of six real-life major airline emergencies brought to the screen with cutting-edge stereoscopic 3D technology. Cast: Patrick Daniels, Irving Gregory, Noel Dinneen, Sam Zuckerman, Debbie Troche, Nora Woolley.

Here’s the synopsis for Gideon’s Army:

Gideon’s Army / U.S.A. (Director: Dawn Porter) — Gideon’s Army follows three young, committed Public Defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up.

Here’s the synopsis for Halley:

Halley / Mexico (Director: Sebastian Hofmann, Screenwriters: Sebastian Hofmann, Julio Chavezmontes) — Alberto is dead and can no longer hide it. Before surrendering to his living death, he forms an unusual friendship with Luly, the manager of the 24-hour gym where he works as a night guard. Cast: Alberto Trujillo, Lourdes Trueba, Hugo Albores.


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