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quietearth [Film Festival 12.19.11] horror comedy fantasy

Sundance has added four films to it's line-up covering the Premiers, Spotlight, and most importantly, the Midnight section. But before we get to the others, let's talk about Don Coscarelli, the man behind one of my favorite film series, Phantasm. John Dies at the End, an adaptation of Jason Pargin's novel which Coscarelli both adapted and directed, revolves around a street drug called Soy Sauce which allows users to drift across time and dimensions. As Coscarelli has had no real success (don't even start with Bubba Ho-Tep) since the cult horror series, this addition to the Midnight section is fantastic news, not only considering the film looks great (watch the trailer), but most importantly that it might reignite interest in him to the point where we can get the long awaited Phantasm V we all salivate over. Please God!

Now for the rest and the details.


Predisposed / U.S.A. (Directors & Screenwriters: Philip Dorling, Ron Nyswaner) - Eli Smith, a piano prodigy, is dealing with his troubled mother and enlisting help from a hapless drug dealer on the day he has an audition for a prestigious music program. Events spiral comically out of control as this gang of misfits faces the mistakes of the past, the challenges of the future, and the possibilities of love. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Ramos, Isiah Whitlock Jr. World Premiere.


Oslo, August 31st / Norway (Director: Joachim Trier, Screenwriters: Eskil Vogt & Joachim Trier based on a novel by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle) - One man, one city, 24 hours. Oslo, August 31st is a portrait of contemporary Oslo. A visually striking and quietly shattering drama about a man in deep existential crisis. Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, Tone B. Mostraum.

This Must Be The Place / Italy, France, Ireland (Director: Paolo Sorrentino, Screenwriter: Umberto Contarello, Paolo Sorrentino) - A bored, retired rock star sets out to find his father's executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the U.S. Cast: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch. North American Premiere


JOHN DIES AT THE END / U.S.A. (Director: Don Coscarelli, Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli, based on a novel by David Wong) - On the street they call it Soy Sauce - a drug that allows users to drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Can John and David stop the oncoming horror? No. They can't. Cast: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman. World Premiere


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