Sundance Flicks Start Finding Homes

     January 20, 2009

Written by Matt Goldberg

Most independent films flitting around Sundance are looking for a home. Distributors lure these films with the promises of candy or warmth then put them in the car and the film either grows up big and strong or shackled in the basement. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re a good film or not. Good films can end up as tiny skeletons in the Weinstein Company’s basement just as easily as bad films.

While the festival is only half-way finished, there have already been some major sales. While we don’t have the dollar amount and don’t really care (the age of massive bidding wars over movies at Sundance has pretty much come to an end), we don have brief synopsis of the films that may be coming soon to a theatre near you (provided they’re not chained up in some studio’s basement).

“Adam” (Picked up by Fox Searchlight)

Hugh Dancy (“Savage Grace”) plays a man with Asperger syndrome who falls in love with his neighbor, played by Rose Byrne (“Damages”). Written and directed by Max Mayer.

“Black Dynamite” (Picked up by Sony)

It’s a blaxploitation spoof starring Michael Jai White. I would explain more but I think that picture at the bottom of the articlepretty much sums it up.

“Brooklyn’s Finest” (Picked up by Senator)

Three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths. Stars Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Ellen Barkin, and Don Cheadle. Directed by Antoine Fuqua

“An Education” (Picked up by Sony Classics)

Written by Nick Hornby from a memoir by Lynn Barber, “An Education” stars Sundance “It Girl” Carey Mulligan as a 16-year-old British schoolgirl who falls hard for a charming older man played by Peter Sarsgaard. Dominic Cooper and Alfred Molina also star. Directed by Lone Scherfig.

“Humpday” (Picked up by Magnolia)

Film stars Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard as two straight best friends who decide to film themselves having sex for an art project. Directed by Lynn Shelton.

“The Winning Season” (Picked up by Lionsgate)

The film tells the story of onetime basketball star (Sam Rockwell) who is brought on to coach his local high school’s girls basketball team. With this and “Eastbound and Down” I wonder if ’09 is going to be the year of fuck-up sports stars doing purgatory in high school P.E.

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