Target titles at Sundance

25 films creating buzz among buyers

American Son
Competition drama from the producers behind “Waitress.” Helmed by Neil Abramson, pic toplines Nick Cannon as a Marine who briefly returns home to Bakersfield before heading to Iraq. (Sales: UTA)

American Teen
Described as a verite “Breakfast Club,” Nanette Burstein’s (“The Kid Stays in the Picture”) docu follows four Indiana high school seniors. (CAA/Cinetic)

The Broken
Brit Sean Ellis’ psychological thriller toplining Lena Headey (“300”), showing in Midnight Madness section. (Cinetic)

Popular on Variety

A Complete History of My Sexual Failures
British filmmaker Chris Waitt lays bare his relationship fiascos. Pic unspools in World Documentary. (Cinetic)

Downloading Nancy
Swedish helmer Johan Renck tackles the dark milieu of depression and sexual perversions, with a cast including Maria Bello, Rufus Sewell, Jason Patric and Amy Brenneman. (Traction Media)

Good Dick
Writer-director-thesp Marianna Palka’s comedic/romantic-drama debut about a lonely woman who is stalked by a videostore clerk (Jason Ritter). (WMI)

The Great Buck Howard
John Malkovich stars as a has-been magician aided by new assistant (Colin Hanks), among a cast also including Tom Hanks and Emily Blunt. (CAA)

Hamlet 2
Steve Coogan toplines as a high school drama teacher who decides to stage a musical sequel to “Hamlet.” Cast includes Catherine Keener and David Arquette. (CAA)

Henry Poole Is Here
A man (Luke Wilson) moves to a suburb to get lost, only to get inundated by nosey neighbors. Helmed by Mark Pellington, pic’s cast also includes Radha Mitchell and Adriana Barraza. (Lakeshore)

Drama helmed by Sharon Maguire (“Bridget Jones’s Diaries”) about the fall-out of a terrorist attack on a British soccer stadium. Stars Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor. (UTA)

Just Another Love Story
Danish pic helmed by Ole Bornedal (“Nightwatch”) about a man who finds trouble when he pretends to be the boyfriend of a woman who has just woken from a coma. (Endeavor)

Latin American road pic and spiritual journey helmed by Ricardo de Montreuil (“My Brother’s Wife”). Cast includes Elsa Pataky, Enrique Murciano and Jason Day. (Cinetic)

Russian fable laced with dramatic and comedic turns from helmer Anna Melikyan, starring Masha Shalaeva. (Central Partnership)

The Merry Gentleman
Michael Keaton’s directorial debut about a woman on the run and a hitman. Keaton also stars alongside Kelly Macdonald. (CAA/ Lichter Grossman)

Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Rawson Thurber’s (“DodgeBall”) adaptation of Michael Chabon’s novel. Stars Jon Foster, Peter Sarsgaard and Sienna Miller. Producing team includes Michael London (“Sideways”). (CAA)

Phoebe in Wonderland
Daniel Barnz’s fantasy-sprinkled family drama starring Elle Fanning, Felicity Huffman, Patricia Clarkson and Bill Pullman. (Endeavor/UTA)

Pretty Bird
Thesp Paul Schneider’s directorial debut about a group of men who attempt to build a rocket belt. Stars Billy Crudup and Paul Giamatti. (Endeavor)

Scripted by Stephen Susco (“The Grudge”), pic toplines Brian Cox as a man who seeks justice after his dog is killed. Norwegian director Trygve Allister Diesen shares helming credits with Lucky McKee. (Cinetic/Submarine)

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Docu helmer Marina Zenovich explores the legal environment in which a case was brought against the filmmaker before he fled from the U.S. in 1978. (Cinetic/Submarine)

Sleep Dealer
Sci-fi fantasy about a migrant worker. Helmed by digital artist Alex Rivera, produced by Anthony Bregman (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”). (UTA/Andrew Hurwitz of Schreck Rose Dapello)

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s follow-up to “Half Nelson,” financed by HBO. Spanish-language pic about a Dominican baseball player who moves to Iowa. (WMA)

Sunshine Cleaning
Drama, helmed by New Zealander Christine Jeffs and screenwriter Megan Holley (both Variety 10 to Watch alumnae) about sisters (Amy Adams and Emily Blunt) who run an unusual cleaning business. (Cinetic)

Brad Anderson-helmed crime thriller set on a train from China to Russia, starring Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer. (Cinetic/Endeavor)

What Just Happened?
Barry Levinson-helmed comedy about the movie biz, toplining Robert De Niro, Catherine Keener and Sean Penn. Expected to be the big sale of the fest. (CAA/Cinetic)

The Wackness
Jonathan Levine’s second feature (following his Toronto bow “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”), a New York ’90s-set coming-of-ager starring Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby, Ben Kingsley and Famke Janssen. (CAA)