Directors: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion Cast: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer Pickup Potential: Possibly the breakout hit of the midnight section, this comic twist on the zombie genre was already bought by UPI for territories including the U.K. and Germany.
Dear White People
Director: Justin Simien Cast: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Dennis Haysbert Pickup Potential: This satirical comedy about a biracial student radio host at a white college could be the wild card of this year’s festival.
Director: Alex Gibney Pickup Potential: Music docs are typically easier to sell, and this one has a powerful subject: Afrobeat originator Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal Pickup Potential: A quirky comedy with Fassbender figures to be a considerable draw — even if his face is hidden inside an oversized fake head during much of the pic about a band fronted by a mysterious singer.
Director: John Slattery Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro Pickup Potential: A strong ensemble led by Hoffman could make this drama about a man whose son dies in a supposed accident a heated title for buyers.
Infinitely Polar Bear
Director: Maya Forbes Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana Pickup Potential: This story of a manic-depressive dad who tries to win back his family seems to fit the Sundance indie mold, with stellar perfs by Ruffalo and Saldana.
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Director: David Zellner Cast: Rinko Kikuchi Pickup Potential: One of the most intriguing-sounding films in Sundance — a Japanese woman moves to Minnesota in search of mythical riches.
Director: Lynn Shelton Cast: Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell Pickup Potential: One of the fest’s more commercial-sounding films, this tale of a commitment-averse woman who spends time with a teenage friend to avoid making a decision on a marriage proposal has an enticing ensemble.
Director: Steve James Pickup Potential: A stirring docu shot during the last four months of Roger Ebert’s life.
Love Is Strange
Director: Ira Sachs Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei Pickup Potential: The film’s gay-marriage theme makes it timely.
The Skeleton Twins
Director: Craig Johnson Cast: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell Pickup Potential: Wiig still has plenty of cachet after her 2011 smash hit “Bridesmaids,” while Hader benefits from “SNL” popularity, both likely to help market this tale of an estranged brother and sister forced back into each other’s orbits.
Director: Kate Barker-Froyland Cast: Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen Pickup Potential: An intimate character study for Hathaway as a woman whose life changes after a serious accident befalls her brother. Producer Jonathan Demme helped shape the script.
Director: Damien Chazelle Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons Pickup Potential: Developed from a short that won the Jury Award for fiction film at last year’s Sundance, this music-themed story focuses on the effect of a perfectionist teacher on a haunted drummer.
White Bird in a Blizzard
Director: Gregg Araki Cast: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Gabourey Sidibe Pickup Potential: This tale of a young woman haunted by the disappearance of her mother is considered Araki’s most commercial film. Woodley has YA pics “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars” on tap.
Wish I Was Here
Director: Zach Braff Cast: Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King Pickup Potential: Buyers should be interested in a more grown-up Braff, who returns to Sundance with this Kickstarter-funded pic about a failed thesp faced with home-schooling his kids.