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A selection of titles execs say they're eager to check out

The Aristocrats: Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette’s inside look at the world of comedians; 100 of them tell the same dirty joke. (contact: Peter Adam Golden)

Brick: Dramatic Competition contender about a high school student trying to uncover the mystery behind his girlfriend’s death; helmed by tyro filmmaker Rian Johnson and starring indie darlings Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lukas Haas. (sales: Cinetic Media)

Dirty Love: Raucous L.A. chick comedy written by and starring Jenny McCarthy, and helmed by her hubbie John Asher. (sales: William Morris Independent)

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The Dying Gaul: Feature debut of playwright Craig Lucas, starring indie heavyweights Peter Saarsgaard, Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott. (contact: producer George Van Buskirk/Holedigger Films)

Ellie Parker: Noami Watts stars as a struggling actress trying to make it in Hollywood. Pic is the feature version of a series of shorts helmed by thesp Scott Coffey. (rep: attorney Linda Lichter)

Forty Shades of Blue: Second feature from Ira Sachs is a Memphis-set marital drama starring Rip Torn as a veteran musician and Russian thesp Dina Korzun as his young wife. (sales: Josh Braun/Roger Kass)

Game 6: Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr. star, respectively, as a playwright and a critic in this Gotham-set drama about theater and baseball, from a script by Don DeLillo. (contact: producer Leslie Urdang)

Hard Candy: The tables are turned on a man with a predilection for 14-year-olds in this stylized nail-biter by commercials helmer David Slade. Breakout perf by Ellen Page who holds her own against Patrick Wilson (“Angels in America”). (sales: Traction Media/William Morris Independent)

High School Record: Second feature by Ben Wolfinsohn, starring young L.A. music scenesters as a group of quirky teens, could be this year’s “Napoleon Dynamite.” (sales: William Morris Independent)

Hustle & Flow: Touted as an indie “8 Mile,” Craig Brewer’s feature debut follows a Memphis pimp who aspires to become a rap artist. Pic stars a charismatic Terrence Howard and was godfathered by John Singleton. (sales: UTA)

The Matador: Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear star as unlikely buddies in this Mexico-set comedic caper written and directed by Richard Shepard. (rep: CAA)

Nine Lives: Helmer Rodrigo Garcia (“Things You Can Tell By Looking At Her”) again follows the lives of several women in his latest pic. Starry cast includes Glenn Close, Sissy Spacek, Robin Wright Penn, Dakota Fanning and Holly Hunter. (rep: Endeavor)

On a Clear Day: Peter Mullan stars as a laid-off shipyard worker who is determined to swim the English Channel. Pic, from British helmer Gaby Dellal, co-stars Brenda Blethyn. (sales: Icon Intl./Cinetic Media)

Pretty Persuasion: Sundance princess Evan Rachel Wood (“Thirteen”) returns to the fest’s Competition in a colorful, acerbic satire by helmer Marcos Siega. (sales: Traction Media)

The Squid and the Whale: Wes Anderson collaborator Noah Baumbach makes his Sundance debut with this divorce drama starring Laura Linney, Jeff Daniels and Jesse Eisenberg. (sales: Peter Newman and Greg Johnson, Gotham Film Sales)

Strangers With Candy: Feature prequel to the outre Comedy Central series stars Amy Sedaris and a cameo filled cast including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and Philip Seymour Hoffman; series co-creator Paul Dinello helms. (sales: Cinetic Media)

Thumbsucker: Musicvideo Mike Mills helms his first feature, an adaptation of Walter Kirn’s novel. Cast includes Keanu Reeves, Vince Vaughn and Tilda Swinton. (sales: UTA)