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The Sundance Film Festival has just announced the line up for its 2014 event, and already the organizers are suggesting it might be one of the best yet.

According to Entertainment Weekly, those responsible for organizing Sundance have been particularly impressed by the caliber and breath of cinematic artistry on display, especially in some of the genre categories.

For example, Sundance's director of programming Trever Groth had this to say about the Park City at Midnight line up — a category which deals primarily with horror and supernatural films:

The Midnight lineup came together in a way that is about the strongest group we've ever had, top to bottom. I think a lot of those films are going to be real hot acquisitions — titles like Dead Snow 2, The Guest, Cooties. I think all of those are going to be big business, because they work on such great, fun genre levels.

He also went on to sing the praises of Locke, new real-time thriller starring which is headlining the Spotlight category. Groth explained:

This is Tom Hardy in a car the entire time, speaking on a phone…as his world crumbles around him. The dimensions of story that they weave into it, both through his performance and the dialog, is truly remarkable. It was one of the more unique watches we had this entire process

Sundance will also feature the world premiere of 's collaborative art project hitRECord on TV. It has appeared in film form before at the festival, however now JGL will be presenting several episodes of the project which seeks to showcase the work of a community of online artists.

If you want to see the full listing for all the categories, then head over here, however for your ease I've included the films and synopses for the main Spotlight category below:

Blue Ruin / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: ) — A mysterious outsider’s quiet life turns upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving to be an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. Cast: , , , , .

The Double / United Kingdom (Director: , Screenwriter: Avi Korine) — Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon, a timid and isolated man who is overlooked at work. When James, a new coworker arrives, he upsets the balance because he is both Simon’s physical double and his opposite: confident and good with women. Then James slowly starts taking over Simon’s life. Cast: , , , , , .

Ida / Poland (Director: , Screenwriters: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz) — Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. Cast: , , .

Locke / United Kingdom (Director and screenwriter: ) — Locke is a feat of dynamic storytelling from Academy Award–nominated writer/director Steven Knight, anchored by Tom Hardy’s fantastic performance. Unfolding in real time, the film is a gripping story of choices, consequences, and a man who risks everything he holds dear to do the right thing. Cast: , , , , , .

The Lunchbox / India, France, Germany (Director and screenwriter: ) — A mistake made by the dabbawallahs, Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system, connects a young housewife to a stranger in the dusk of his life. Through notes in the lunchbox, the two build a fantasy world that gradually threatens to overwhelm their reality. Cast: , , , , Bharati Achrekar, Nakul Vaid.

Only Lovers Left Alive / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: ) — Set against the desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, depressed by the direction the world is taking, reunites with his lover. Their love story has endured for centuries, but the woman’s uncontrollable sister disrupts their idyll. Can these wise outsiders continue to survive as the world collapses around them? Cast: , , , , , .

R100 / Japan (Director and screenwriter: ) — A mild-mannered family man with a secret taste for S&M finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrices — each with a unique talent — in this hilarious and bizarre take on the sex comedy from Japanese comic mastermind Hitoshi Matsumoto. Cast: Nao Ohmori, , Hairi Katagiri.

Stranger by the Lake / France (Director and screenwriter: Alain Guiraudie) — Frank spends his summer searching for companionship at a lake in France. He meets Michel, an attractive, mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects. Stranger by the Lake is an erotic thriller testing the limits of sexual desire. Cast: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d’Assumçao.

What do you think? Which of these Sundance titles has you most excited? Let us know below.

Source: Entertainment Weekly


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