2005 SUNDANCE LINEUP

The Sundance Film Festival (January 20-30) have announced the lineup of this year’s Documentary and Dramatic competitions, as well as the films selected to compete in the World Cinema Documentary and Dramatic competitions.

Among the 60 films in the lineup announced today are 42 world premieres, 9 North American premieres and 9 U.S. premieres.

According to Todd McCarthy in today’s Variety: Of the 16 pictures selected for Dramatic Competition from the 761 American narrative features submitted, the festival’s director Geoffrey Gilmore said, “I have never been more excited about a competition lineup than I am this year. The level of accomplishment is where it should be. The evolution of what’s going on is really exciting and shows a certain maturity across the aesthetic spectrum.”

“Overall, 2,613 features were submitted to the festival, 1,385 from the U.S. and 1,228 from other countries. A year ago, fest fielded 2,485 total entries, 1,285 domestically and 1,200 from abroad.”

DRAMATIC COMPETITION:

Between, a south-of-the-border thriller from director David Ocanas and screenwriter Robert Nelms about an American lawyer’s perilous search for her sister in the depths of Tijuana.

Brick, writer-director Rian Johnson’s noirish look at a teenager who investigates his ex-girlfriend’s disappearance by infiltrating a high school crime ring.

Dying Gaul, the feature directorial debut by playwright-screenwriter Craig Lucas, with Peter Sarsgaard as a tormented screenwriter in a treacherous relationship with a woman and her film exec husband.

Ellie Parker a feature-length expansion of a short made by writer-director Scott Coffey, with Naomi Watts in a comic look at an actress’s pursuit of a Hollywood career.

Forty Shades of Blue a drama directed by Ira Sachs and written by Michael Rohatyn and Sachs about the disruption in the lives of a Russian woman and an older rock ‘n’ roll legend living in Memphis upon the visit of an estranged son.

How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer writer-director Georgina Garcia Riedel’s look at the sexual awakenings of three generations of women in a Mexican-American family.

Hustle & Flow writer-director Craig Brewer’s account of a Memphis pimp who deals with his midlife crisis by trying to become a rapper.

Junebug, a drama from director Phil Morrison and writer Angus MacLachlan about a dealer in outsider art who threatens the equilibrium of her middle-class in-laws in North Carolina.

Loggerheads, another North Carolina tale, in which writer-director Tim Kirkman relates three overlapping stories of estranged families in three regions.

Lonesome Jim directed by Steve Buscemi and written by James C. Strouse, about what happens when 27-year-old Jim, having failed to make it on his own, moves back in with his parents.

Me and You and Everyone We Know, the first feature from writer-director Miranda July, who also stars as an eccentric performance artist who attempts to connect with a lonely shoe salesman.

Police Beat directed by Robinson Devor, who co-wrote with Charles Mudede, about the odd situations encountered by an African-born bicycle cop on his beat in Seattle.

Pretty Persuasion, from director Marcos Siega and writer Skander Halim, a comedy about the turmoil in a high school after a 15-year-old accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.

The Squid and the Whale, the third feature from writer-director Noah Baumbach, about two kids in 1980s Park Slope, Brooklyn, caught in the crossfire of their academic parents’ divorce.

Thumbsucker, writer-director Mike Mills’s tale of the chaos that results when a man tries to wean himself from his addiction to his thumb.

Who Killed Cock Robin?, writer-director Travis Wilkerson’s look at the struggle of some young men in depressed Butte, Mont., to sort out their lives.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION:

After Innocence, director Jessica Sanders’s account of how several men freed from prison after being cleared by DNA evidence struggle to reintegrate into society.

The Aristocrats directed by Paul Provenza, in which 100 superstar comedians, including George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Izzard, Don Rickles, Chris Rock and the Smothers Brothers, tell the same very dirty joke, one shared privately by comics since vaudeville days.

The Devil and Daniel Johnston, director Jeff Feuerzeig’s portrait of a manic-depressive genius singer, songwriter and artist.

The Education of Shelby Knox, in which co-directors Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt use a 15-year-old girl’s transformation from conservative Southern Baptist to liberal Christian and feminist to portray the fight for sex education and gay rights in Lubbock, Texas.

Enron: Rise and Fall, director Alex Gibney’s multidimensional study of one of the great business scandals in American history.

The Fall of Fujimori, directed by Ellen Perry, about how Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori’s tenacious fight against domestic terrorists was followed by disgrace as an international fugitive wanted for corruption, kidnapping and murder.

Frozen Angels, in which co-directors Eric Black and Frauke Sandig explore the future of human reproductive technology.

Mardi Gras: Made in China, directed by David Redmon, a study of cultural and economic globalization as seen through the life cycle of Mardi Gras beads from a small factory in Fuzhou, China, to Mardis Gras in New Orleans and New York art galleries.

Murderball, an account by directors Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro of quadriplegics who play violent full-contact rugby in Mad Max-style wheelchairs, ending up in the Paralympic Games in Athens.

New York Doll, directed by Greg Whiteley, about recovering alcoholic and converted Mormon Arthur “Killer” Kane’s shot at a 30-years-later reunion with his old band, the New York Dolls.

Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story, in which co-directors Dan Klores and Ron Berger explore the tumultuous life of the six-time welterweight boxing champion.

Romantico director Mark Becker’s look at the life of a Mexican singer when he returns home after years of trying to make the grade in San Francisco.

Shakespeare Behind Bars director Hank Rogerson’s study of 20 male inmates who form a Shakespearean acting company in a Kentucky prison.

Trudell, director Heather Rae’s portrait of Native American poet and activist John Trudell.

Twist of Faith, Kirby Dick’s account of how a man’s confrontation of his boyhood sexual abuse by a Catholic priest disrupts his relationship with his family, community and faith.

Why We Fight, in which director Eugene Jarecki examines, through the Iraqi war, the forces that drive American militarism. ”

The festival will announce its Short film selection on December 6.