[Sundance '14] Genre FIlms Playing In U.S. Competitions and NEXT! - Bloody Disgusting!

[Sundance ’14] Genre FIlms Playing In U.S. Competitions and NEXT!


Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Bloody Disgusting has sifted through the list and pulled out what could be some genre films playing outside of the Midnight section, which will be announced soon.

For the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 118 feature-length films were selected, representing 37 countries and 54 first-time filmmakers, including 34 in competition. These films were selected from 12,218 submissions (72 more than for 2013), including 4,057 feature-length films and 8,161 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 2,014 were from the U.S. and 2,043 were international. 97 feature films at the Festival will be world premieres.


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.

Cold in July / U.S.A.

(Director: Jim Mickle, Screenwriters: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici)
Cast: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell.

After killing a home intruder, a small town Texas man’s life unravels into a dark underworld of corruption and violence.

Jamie Marks is Dead / U.S.A.

(Director and screenwriter: Carter Smith)
Cast: Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver, Morgan Saylor, Judy Greer, Madisen Beaty, Liv Tyler.

No one seemed to care about Jamie Marks until after his death. Hoping to find the love and friendship he never had in life, Jamie’s ghost visits former classmate Adam McCormick, drawing him into the bleak world between the living and the dead.

Life After Beth / U.S.A.

(Director and screenwriter: Jeff Baena)
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser.

Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. When she mysteriously returns, he gets a second chance at love. Soon his whole world turns upside down…

The Sleepwalker / U.S.A., Norway

(Director: Mona Fastvold, Screenwriters: Mona Fastvold, Brady Corbet)
Cast: Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Brady Corbet, Stephanie Ellis.

A young couple, Kaia and Andrew, are renovating Kaia´s secluded family estate. Their lives are violently interrupted when unexpected guests arrive. The Sleepwalker chronicles the unraveling of the lives of four disparate characters as it transcends genre conventions and narrative contrivance to reveal something much more disturbing.

NEXT <=>

Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a “greater” next wave in American cinema.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night / U.S.A.

(Director and screenwriter: Ana Lily Amirpour)
Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnó, Milad Eghbali. World Premiere

In the Iranian ghost town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, depraved denizens are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

  • Bryno

    Hopefully Cold In July turns out decent. I’m a huge Joe R. Lansdale fan so it will be cool to see his work on screen (other than what Cosacarelli has done). Not my favorite book of his, but we’ll see how the movie turns out.