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Jim Mickle’s “COLD IN JULY,” Elijah Wood’s first production and more make Sundance cut

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The Midnight section hasn’t even been announced yet, and already the lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival boasts a healthy slate of genre fare.

The Sundance Institute revealed the movies selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT section for the fest, which runs January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The features of Fangorian interest in the U.S. Dramatic Competition are:

COLD IN JULY (Director: Jim Mickle, screenwriters: Jim Mickle and Nick Damici based on Joe R. Lansdale’s novel)—After killing a home intruder, a small-town Texas man’s life unravels into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Cast: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell.

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

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

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

Showing in NEXT is:

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (Director and screenwriter: Ana Lily Amirpour; the first film from Elijah Wood and partners’ new SpectreVision company): 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. Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnó, Milad Eghbali.

The Park City at Midnight and other section selections will be announced soon.

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Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor, the position he holds to this day while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews.
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