Sundance Films Coming Soon To Theaters
by Alex Billington
February 5, 2007
The big list of Sundance movies that were bought at the fest or already have distributors. This is the list of films (so far) that you'll be able to actually see from Sundance. If you want to know if you'll ever get to see any of the movies that premiered at Sundance, then look no further!
Most of the hardwork for this list comes from Peter over at SlashFilm - so check out his site as well!
The distributor who seem to have made the strongest purchases (in my mind) is Fox Searchlight. And given their lineup from 2006 as well, I'm quite satisfied to seem them getting some of the better films. It's odd to see a Fox company actually putting out good movies, but then again this is the indie department, and they seem to know good movies unlike the rest of the company. Here's the complete list:
An American Crime (First Look Pictures - Produced) - Opening August 17
A fictionalized account of the true story of a young girl's torturous ordeal at the hands of a troubled mother of seven in 1960s Indianapolis.
Angel-A (Sony Pictures Classics - Pre-sold) - Opening March 23
A fairy tale about a man who gets a second chance in life when he saves a statuesque, mysterious beauty from a suicide bid in the Seine River.
Away From Her (Lionsgate - Pre-sold) - Opening May 4
Married for almost 50 years, Grant and Fiona's serenity is interrupted by Fiona's increasingly frequent memory lapses. When it is no longer possible for either of them to ignore the fact that she is being consumed by Alzheimer's disease, the limits of love and loyalty are wrenchingly redefined.
Black Snake Moan (Paramount Vantage - Pre-sold) - Opening February 23
A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.
Broken English (HDNet Films - Pre-sold)
A young woman in her thirties finds herself surrounded by friends who are married, in relationships or with children. She unexpectedly meets a quirky Frenchman who opens her eyes to a lot more than love.
Chapter 27 (Peace Arch Films - Pre-sold)
A terrifying glimpse into the deranged mind of Mark David Chapman during his days in NYC prior to the murder of John Lennon, which is played out through his obsession with JD Salinger's classic novel 'The Catcher in the Rye'.
Clubland (Warner Independent Pictures - for $4,000,000)
Tim has a new girlfriend. It should be the perfect romance but something is holding him back. He has a secret...his parents are "Entertainers"! There are never just two people in a family love story.
Crazy Love (Magnolia Pictures - for ??)
Documentary. An unsettling true story about an obsessive relationship between a married man and a beautiful, single 20-year-old woman, which began in 1957 and continues today.
Dedication (The Weinstein Company / First Look Studios - for $4,000,000)
A socially dysfunctional children's book author is forced to work closely with a female illustrator when he loses his long-time collaborator and only friend.
Delirious (Peace Arch Films - Pre-sold)
A small time paparazzo befriends and hires a homeless young man who flirts with fame and fortune when he becomes entangled with a famous pop star.
Eagle vs. Shark (Miramax Films - Pre-sold) - Opening June 1
The tale of two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love.
Fay Grim (Magnolia Pictures - Pre-sold)
A single mother whose husband has been missing for seven years is used as bait by the CIA in this international espionage caper.
Fido (Lionsgate - Pre-sold) - Opening June 15
Timmy Robinson's best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when Fido eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy has to go to the ends of the earth to keep Fido in the family.
Grace is Gone (The Weinstein Company - for $4,000,000)
A young father learns that his wife has been killed in Iraq and must find the courage to tell his two young daughters the news.
How She Move (Paramount Vantage / MTV - for $4,000,000)
Following her sister's death from drug addiction, a high school student is forced to leave her private school to return to her old, crime-filled neighborhood where she re-kindles an unlikely passion for the competitive world of "Step" dancing.
In the Shadow of the Moon (ThinkFilm - for $2,500,000)
Documentary. One of the defining passages of American history, the Apollo Space Program literally brought the aspirations of a nation to another world. Awe-inspiring footage and candid interviews with the astronauts who visited the moon provide unparallel perspective on the precious state of our planet.
Joshua (Fox Searchlight - for $4,000,000)
A successful, young Manhattan family is torn apart by the machinations of Joshua, their eight-year-old prodigy, when his newborn baby sister comes home from the hospital.
King of California (First Look Pictures - for $3,000,000)
An unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that there's Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia.
La Misma Luna (The Same Moon) (The Weinstein Company / Fox Searchlight - for $5-6,000,000)
When his grandmother dies a young Mexican boy struggles to cross the border to reunite with his beloved mother, who is working hard in Los Angeles to create a better life for the family.
The Last Mimzy (New Line Cinema - Produced) - Opening March 23
Based on the acclaimed sci-fi short story by Lewis Padgett, The Last Mimzy centers on two children who discover a mysterious box containing some strange devices they think are toys. As the children play with these "toys," they begin to display higher intelligence levels, prompting their parents and the community to search for answers.
Life Support (HBO Films - Produced) - Playing on HBO
"Life Support" views the African-American community's HIV crisis through the eyes of a survivor who is a mother, a former addict and an AIDS activist.
Longford (HBO Films - Pre-sold) - Playing on HBO on February 17
A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict.
My Kid Could Paint That (Sony Pictures Classics - for $1,500,000)
Documentary. A 4-year-old girl whose paintings are compared to Kandinsky, Pollock and even Picasso, has sold $300,000 dollars worth of paintings. Is she a genius of abstract expressionism, a tiny charlatan or an exploited child whose parents have sold her out for the glare of the media and the lure of the almighty dollar?
Nanking (Fortissimo Films - for ??)
Documentary. A powerful and haunting depiction of the atrocities suffered by the Chinese at the hands of the invading Japanese army during "The Rape of Nanking", one of the most tragic events of WWII. While more than 200,000 Chinese were murdered and ten of thousands raped, a handful of Westerners performed extraordinary acts of heroism, saving over 250,000 lives in the midst of the horror.
Once (Fox Searchlight - for ??)
"Once" is a modern-day musical set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard and his Irish band "The Frames", "Once" tells the story of a busker and an immigrant during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record a songs that reveal their unique love story.
Protagonist (IFC / Netflix - for < $1,000,000)
Documentary. "Protagonist" explores the organic relationship between human life and Euripidean dramatic structure by weaving together the stories of four men--a German terrorist, a bank robber, an "ex-gay" evangelist, and a martial arts student.
Red Road (Tartan Films - Pre-sold) - Opening April 6
When a man she never wanted to see again suddenly appears back in Jackie's ordered, isolated Glasgow life, she has no choice; she is compelled to confront him.
Resurrecting the Champ (Yari Film Group - Pre-sold)
A down on his luck sports reporter has his life and career upturned when he lands the story of his career: A former heavyweight boxing superstar, previously thought to be dead, is living his final years on the streets. Finally, he can earn the respect of his wife and editor---but the dark secret he finds may be too much for him to bear.
Rocket Science (Picturehouse - Pre-sold) - Opening August 10
A 15-year-old boy from New Jersey with a stuttering problem falls in love with the star of the debate team and finds himself suddenly immersed in the ultra-competitive world of debating.
The Savages (Fox Searchlight - Pre-sold)
A comic-drama about a pair of adult siblings who are suddenly plucked from their self-absorbed lives when they are forced to care for their estranged and elderly father who never cared for them--an irreverent story about life, love and mortality.
The Signal (Magnolia Pictures - for $2,300,000)
Told in three parts from three unique perspectives created by three visionary directors, THE SIGNAL is a horrific journey towards the discovery that the most brutal violent monster might actually be within all of us.
Smiley Face (First Look Pictures - Pre-sold) - Opening April 20
Jane F, an unsuccessful slacker actress, inadvertently eats her roommate's pot cupcakes and proceeds to have a very strange day of hijinks and surreal misadventures.
Son of Rambow (Paramount Vantage - for $8,000,000+)
Will is the eldest son in a family with a strict moral and religious view and never been allowed to mix with other people, listen to music or watch TV. That is until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and maker of bizarre home movies.
Teeth (The Weinstein Company / Lionsgate - for $1,000,000)
Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a "physical advantage" when she becomes the object of male violence.
The Ten (ThinkFilm / City Lights Home Entertainment - for $4,500,000)
Ten stories, each inspired by one of The Ten Commandments, illustrate the perils of modern life via extreme comedy.
Trade (Lionsgate - Pre-sold) - Opening April 13
Adriana is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, to save her. As Jorge dodges immigration officers and incredible obstacles to track the girls' abductors, he meets Ray, a Texas cop whose own family loss to sex trafficking leads him to become an ally in the boy's quest.
Waitress (Fox Searchlight - for $4,500,000)
A pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep South falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.
Weapons (After Dark Films - for $1,000,000)
"Weapons" presents a series of brutal, seemingly random youth-related killings over the course of a weekend in a typical small town in America, and tragically reveals how they are all interrelated.
Year of the Dog (Paramount Vantage - Pre-sold) - Opening April 13
Peggy is a happy-go-lucky secretary - a great friend, employee, and sister who lives alone with her beloved dog. But when Pencil unexpectedly dies, Peggy must embark on a journey of personal transformation that is hilarious, poignant and suspenseful.
Zoo (ThinkFilm - Pre-sold)
Documentary. A humanizing look at the life and bizarre death of a seemingly normal Seattle family man who met his untimely end after an unusual encounter with a horse.