Premieres that U.S. distributors have on their hit lists
ANIMAL KINGDOM: Melbourne crime thriller with Guy Pearce and Ben Mendelsohn. (UTA)BLUE VALENTINE: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams explore couplehood for helmer and former Sundance cinematography prizewinner Derek Cianfrance. (WME) BOY: Coming-of-ager from Kiwi helmer Taika Waititi (“Flight of the Conchords,” “Eagle vs. Shark”). (CAA) BURIED: Ryan Reynolds is the only cast member onscreen in a kidnapping thriller that’s set entirely in a wooden coffin. (UTA) CANE TOADS: A 3D look at Australia’s cane toad infestation. (Linda Lichter/Submarine) THE COMPANY MEN: Ben Affleck toplines as a laid-off exec in producer John Wells’ feature directorial debut. (CAA) EXTRA MAN: A New York story, starring Kevin Kline and Paul Dano, from the directors of “American Splendor.” (CAA/Anonymous Content) HAPPYTHANKYOU-MOREPLEASE: “How I Met Your Mother” thesp Josh Radnor’s directing bow, starring Radnor and Malin Akerman. (Andrew Hurwitz) HESHER: Darkly comic drama about overcoming loss, with cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman. (CAA/WME) HOLY ROLLERS: Jesse Eisenberg stars as a Hasidic kid who’s lured into smuggling Ecstasy. (Cinetic) HOWL: James Franco stars as Allen Ginsberg in longtime documakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s first narrative pic. (Cinetic) JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK: Docu about the comic from “The Devil Came on Horseback” directors. (Submarine) THE KILLER INSIDE ME: Brit helmer Michael Winterbottom’s take on Jim Thompson’s pulp novel, starring Casey Affleck. (WME/Wild Bunch) RESTREPO: In-the-trenches Afghanistan war docu helmed by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington. (UTA) THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: Julianne Moore and Annette Bening star as a couple whose children seek out their biological father; helmed by Lisa Cholodenko. (Cinetic) THE ROMANTICS: Galt Niederhoffer adapts her own novel about friends reuniting at a wedding, starring Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Anna Paquin. (Cinetic) THE TILLMAN STORY: Expose docu about NFL-star-turned-soldier Pat Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan. (CAA/Submarine) TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL: Horror sendup about good-natured hillbilly psycho killers. (Eden Rock Media/Voltage) TWELVE: Joel Schumacher’s operatic chiller about uptown Manhattan teens, with Emma Roberts and “Gossip Girl’s” Chace Crawford. Fest closer. (CAA) WELCOME TO THE RILEYS: Redemptive post-Katrina New Orleans-set drama starring James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo. (UTA)
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