6 Hidden Gems in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Lineup

December 5, 2014 5:47 AM

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Sundance is a ritual exercise of processing too much information at once — with 103 world premieres, including a large volume of films without distribution. Even without the full program announced—stay tuned later this week for a whole lot more—there are a lot of names that stand out among the directors and actors slated to draw attention in Park City. These include narrative competition entries like "The Overnight," a comedy starring Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman, as well as "Compliance" director Craig Zobel's "Z for Zachariah," which features Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor in a post-apocalyptic love story. There are documentaries about endangered species ("The Cove" director Louie Psihoyos' "Racing Extinction") and playwright Larry Kramer ("Larry Kramer in Love and Anger"). Anne Thompson offers her overview here.

Some of these movies might be good or even great, but there's a whole lot more material that doesn't automatically jump off the page worth anticipating as well. Here are a few hidden gems from today's announcement, with some input from Sundance director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor...

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