Sundance Late Addition - James C. Strouse's The Winning Season
by Alex Billington
December 29, 2008
Sundance announced today that they have added The Winning Season from writer/director Jim Strouse (aka James C. Strouse) to the 2009 Sundance Film Festival line-up. The film stars Sam Rockwell as a has-been coach who is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team. You may recognize that plot synopsis, as we've written about the film previously when it was first announced as Strouse's follow-up to his directorial debut Grace is Gone (which premiered at Sundance last year). "We are thrilled to welcome back to the festival Jim Strouse who once again displays his talent for storytelling in this superbly witty film," said Sundance Director Geoffrey Gilmore.
The Winning Season is the 17th film in the Premieres section of the 2009 Sundance line-up. Jim Strouse first made his debut at Sundance as the screenwriter of Steve Buscemi's Lonesome Jim. In 2007, he made his directorial debut with Grace Is Gone, starring John Cusack, which went on to win the Audience Award. Last minute additions to the Sundance line-up are not entirely uncommon, as Andrew Fleming's Hamlet 2 was added late to the 2008 Sundance line-up. This addition makes the already-fantastic line-up this year ever-so-slightly better. The Winning Season is being described as "a completely gratifying cinematic drama marked by sharp dialogue and perfectly toned performances." Can't wait to check it out in January!
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