Sundance Film Festival 2012 Announces In-Competition Films

The line-up for this year’s Sundance Film Festival has been announced!

The much anticipated line-up for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival has finally been revealed. Amongst those being screening in competition is The Surrogate, a film about a man with an iron lung, who hires a ‘sex surrogate’ in order to lose his virginity, which stars William H Macy opposite Helen Hunt.

Amanda Seyfried and Michael Cera will also feature in the Sundance festival line-up, appearing together in The End of Love. Another entry within the festival’s US Dramatic Competition, The End of Love follows the story of a young father who struggles to cope after the mother of his child dies.

The British entry for the World Cinematic Competition is Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother The Devil – a film about British Arab brothers living in London’s ganglands, starring James Floyd.

The documentary categories also look to have some particularly interesting entries this year. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, directed by Alison Klayman, takes a look at the look at the life of controversial Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. Meanwhile, Lauren Greenfield presents a story of rags-to-riches-to-rags and questions the American Dream in her documentary, The Queen of Versailles.

The British documentary entry within the World Cinema category is The Imposter: a film which investigates the story of a 13-year old boy, who was found in Spain three and a half years after he disappeared from his home in San Antonio, Texas.

The Sundance Film Festival was originally founded by Robert Redford back in 1978, and takes place in Utah each year. It is the largest independent film festival in the US, and has become known for giving a number of renowned filmmakers their big break into the industry, including Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and Darren Aronofsky. The festival is also credited with bringing independent films such as Saw, Garden State, Reservoir Dogs, Little Miss Sunshine and Napoleon Dynamite to public attention.

The 2010 Sundance Film Festival saw nine of its films attract a total of 15 Oscar nominations, while 45 this year’s festival films acquired distributors following the festival – the highest number so far. Eyes will be peeled to see which of next year’s films benefit from being included as part of the Sundance line-up.

A number of films screening Out of Competition will also receive their world premières during the festival – the line-up for which will be announced next week.

The Sundance Film Festival is scheduled to take place between the 19th and 29th January, and you can see the full list of competing films here:

We’ll keep you posted!

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