The hot list

Acquisitions execs say they're anxious to see the following Sundance titles

Chrystal . First feature by Oscar-winning shorts helmer Ray McKinnon (“The Accountant”), about an Ozarks couple who try to pull themselves together after the husband returns from prison. Stars Billy Bob Thornton and Lisa Blount. (Sales: Cinetic)

Employee of the Month Comedy starring Matt Dillon and Christina Applegate, written and directed by Mitch Rouse. First pic out of the gate from production shingle Bull’s Eye. (Sales: CAA/Cinetic)

Garden State Written and directed by “Scrubs” thesp Zach Braff. Comedy about a man who attends his mom’s funeral and is immersed in a world he left behind. Cast includes Natalie Portman and Peter Saarsgard. (Sales: attorney Andrew Hurwitz)

The Machinist Four-time Sundance participant Brad Anderson returns with his latest pic about a man who hasn’t slept for a year. Pic’s toplined by Christian Bale, who dropped many pounds for the role, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. (Sales: Filmax)

Marie and Bruce Written and directed by Tom Cairns and based on a play by Wallace Shawn, pic’s a dark but comical glimpse at one day in the breakdown of a marriage. Cast, including Matthew Broderick and Julianne Moore, is whetting appetites. (Sales: George VanBuskirk and Andrew Hurwitz)

Motorcycle Diaries Brazilian helmer Walter Salles’ long-awaited Che Guevara project starring “Y tu mama tambien” thesp Gael Garcia Bernal. (Sales: Pathe)

Napoleon Dynamite One of few comedy-laced competition entries, pic is described as small, sweet and hilarious. Helmed by first-timer Jared Hess. (Sales: Cinetic)

November InDigEnt’s third Sundance competition entry following “Tadpole,” “Personal Velocity” and “Pieces of April” — all of which sold to distribs. Reported improved picture quality could give this digi pic the B.O. lift other InDigEnt pics missed. Helmed by Greg Harrison, pic stars Courteney Cox. (Sales: Cinetic)

Riding Giants Stacy Peralta’s opening surf pic that’s adding to the rising tide of enthusiasm for documentary features following 2003 successes such as “Capturing the Friedmans” and “Spellbound.” It’s Peralta’s follow-up to “Dogtown and Z-Boys.” (Sales: Canal Plus)

September Tapes First U.S.-backed pic to be shot in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Touted as having “Blair Witch”-like feel that prompts auds to question if it’s reality or fiction at nearly every turn. In-the-trenches lensing could be worth the acquisition alone, say buyers. (Sales: ICM)

Touch of Pink Described as “Monsoon Wedding” meets “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” pic stars Kyle MacLachlan and Jimi Mistry. (Sales: Alliance Atlantis/Cinetic)

We Don’t Live Here Anymore Helmed by John Curran (“Praise”) and penned by Larry Gross, drama is likened to Edward Albee and Neil LaBute fare. Name cast — Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause and Naomi Watts — is a big enticement for buyers, though Sony has first right of refusal due to source material rights. (Sales: Renaissance/William Morris Independent)

The Woodsman Helmed by first-timer Nicole Kassell, pic tackles difficult subject of a child molester reassimilating into society after time in jail. Solid cast includes Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Benjamin Bratt, Mos Def and Eve. (Sales: Lee Daniels Entertainment/William Morris Independent)

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