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Target titles at Sundance

Sundance Film Festival 2013

Navigating seller hype and buyer excitement, here’s a sampling of pics distribs will be circling at the fest.

“A.C.O.D.”
Stuart Zicherman’s debut stars Adam Scott as an “adult child of divorce” in this hyper-clever laffer. Richard Jenkins co-stars with funny ladies Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler and Jane Lynch.
Sales: WME

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”
In her first film since “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Rooney Mara stars alongside Casey Affleck and Ben Foster in what insiders predict could be this year’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
Sales: WME/Cassian Elwes

“Anita”
Director Freida Mock examines the 1991 Senate hearings regarding Anita Hill’s sexual harrassment claims against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
Sales: CAA

“Before Midnight”
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reunite as lovers Jesse and Celine in this highly anticipated final entry in Richard Linklater’s romantic trilogy.
Sales: Cinetic Media

Blue Caprice
This Next drama is inspired by the events leading up to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks. Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond (“Ray”) play the two killers.

Sales:
Cinetic Media

“Breathe In”
Director Drake Doremus’ third feature to premiere at Sundance finds “Like Crazy’s” Felicity Jones coming between her teacher (Guy Pearce), his wife (Amy Ryan) and their daughter (Mackenzie Davis).
Sales: UTA

“Don Jon’s Addiction”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut finds the indie darling romancing both Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore. Given the star’s growing box office appeal, distribs could be easily seduced.
Sales: WME/CAA

“Hell Baby”
“Reno 911!” vets Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant make their directorial debut with this horror-comedy about an exorcism team dispatched by the Vatican to a haunted house in New Orleans.
Sales: CAA

“Interior. Leather Bar.”
Distributors of queer cinema will be curious to see how avant-garde filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews reimagine 40 minutes of S&M footage rumored cut from William Friedkin’s 1980 thriller “Cruising.”
Sales: Film Sales Co.

“Kill Your Darlings”
One of two period pics about the Beats (along with “Big Sur”), this tale of friendship disrupted by murder stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Elizabeth Olsen and Michael C. Hall.
Sales: UTA/Cassian Elwes

“Linsanity”
Docu follows the phenomenon of Chinese-American basketball star Jeremy Lin from his humble upbringing and his days at Harvard all the way to the NBA.
Sales: CAA

“Lovelace”
Amanda Seyfried toplines this biopic of “Deep Throat” star Linda Lovelace, while Peter Sarsgaard co-stars as her abusive hubby Chuck Traynor.
Sales: Millennium

“Metro Manila “
This thriller from Brit helmer Sean Ellis (Oscar-nommed for his short “Cashback”) follows a rice farmer whose only hope of providing for his family comes in working for an armored truck company in the violent Filipino capital.
Sales: ICM Partners

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman
Shia LaBeouf battles a violent criminal (Mads Mikkelsen) to win over Evan Rachel Wood’s heart in this stylish debut from blurb helmer Fredrik Bond.
Sales: CAA

“Prince Avalanche”
David Gordon Green returns to his roots with this low-key period pic based on Icelandic comedy “Either Way.” Stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as highway road workers.
Sales: Cinetic Media

“Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer”
The story of three young women facing prison time for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral made international headlines earlier this year.
Sales: Cinetic Media

“The Spectacular Now”
“Smashed” director James Ponsoldt returns to Park City with this Black List script from the writers of “(500) Days of Summer.” Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley play teens testing their relationship.
Sales: UTA

“S-VHS”
Sequel to last year’s Sundance entry “V/H/S” features segments from genre helmers Gareth Evans, Jason Eisener and Eduardo Sanchez, who co-directed one of the festival’s biggest hits, “The Blair Witch Project.”
Sales: WME

“A Teacher”
Up-and-coming thesp Lindsay Burdge will get people talking with her turn as a popular young teacher in a wealthy suburban Texas high school who has an affair with one of her students.
Sales: ICM Partners

“Touchy Feely”
The third feature from director Lynn Shelton to screen at Sundance after “Humpday” and “Your Sister’s Sister” stars Rosemarie DeWitt and Josh Pais as siblings whose careers are heading in different directions.
Sales: UTA/Submarine

“Two Mothers”
Buzz is strong for this drama from French director Anne Fontaine, based on a Doris Lessing story and starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as lifelong friends who fall for each other’s sons.
Sales: CAA

“The Way, Way Back”
After winning an Oscar for “The Descendants,” scribes Nat Faxon and Jim Rash make their directorial debut with this coming-of-age tale that reunites “Little Miss Sunshine” thesps Steve Carell and Toni Collette.
Sales: CAA/WME

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