Sundance 2014: U.S. Dramatic Competition

by IMDb-Editors | created - 31 Dec 2013 | updated - 09 Jan 2014 | Public

Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.

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1. Camp X-Ray (2014)

R | 117 min | Drama, War

54 Metascore

A soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay befriends a man who has been imprisoned there.

Director: Peter Sattler | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, Tara Holt

Votes: 38,401 | Gross: $0.01M

2. Cold in July (2014)

R | 109 min | Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw

Votes: 33,397 | Gross: $0.41M

3. Dear White People (2014)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

Director: Justin Simien | Stars: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris

Votes: 23,811 | Gross: $4.40M

4. God's Pocket (2014)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A blue collar worker tries to cover things up when his stepson is killed in a suspicious accident, but a local reporter senses that something's amiss.

Director: John Slattery | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro

Votes: 10,501 | Gross: $0.10M

5. Happy Christmas (2014)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny's influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.

Director: Joe Swanberg | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham

Votes: 7,503 | Gross: $0.03M

6. Hellion (2014)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

When motocross and heavy metal obsessed thirteen-year-old Jacob's increasing delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother, Wes, with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent... See full summary »

Director: Kat Candler | Stars: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner

Votes: 5,223 | Gross: $0.04M

7. Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A father struggling with bipolar disorder tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.

Director: Maya Forbes | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide

Votes: 14,568 | Gross: $1.43M

8. Jamie Marks Is Dead (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

49 Metascore

In a wintry small town, the body of a teenager named Jamie Marks is found by the river. Adam, the star of his cross-country team, becomes fascinated with Jamie-a boy nobody really knew or ... See full summary »

Director: Carter Smith | Stars: Morgan Saylor, Noah Silver, Cameron Monaghan, Brett DelBuono

Votes: 2,192

9. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo (1996) on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money.

Director: David Zellner | Stars: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Kanako Higashi, Ichi Kyokaku

Votes: 11,242 | Gross: $0.62M

10. Life After Beth (2014)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

50 Metascore

A young man's recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.

Director: Jeff Baena | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon

Votes: 19,179 | Gross: $0.08M

11. Low Down (2014)

R | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Music

58 Metascore

A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1970s jazz scene.

Director: Jeff Preiss | Stars: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage

Votes: 1,832 | Gross: $0.04M

12. The Skeleton Twins (2014)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.

Director: Craig Johnson | Stars: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell

Votes: 38,838 | Gross: $5.28M

13. The Sleepwalker (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

57 Metascore

A young couple, Kaia and Andrew, are renovating Kaia's secluded family estate. Their lives are violently disrupted upon the unexpected arrival of Kaia's sister, Christine, and her fiancé, Ira.

Director: Mona Fastvold | Stars: Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Stephanie Ellis, Brady Corbet

Votes: 673

14. Song One (2014)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Music

48 Metascore

A young woman strikes up a relationship with her ailing brother's favorite musician.

Director: Kate Barker-Froyland | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen, Lola Kirke

Votes: 8,900 | Gross: $0.03M

15. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 676,839 | Gross: $13.09M



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