Sundance Film Festival reveals 2010 list of film selections

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The Sundance Film Festival has released its 2010 lineup and according to The Hollywood Reporter, the mix of films is more heavy than light.

The annual film festival, which runs Jan. 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, has 58 selections (in the four U.S. and world narrative and documentary categories) which center on assassinations, political corruption, war carnage, a crumbling educational system and Khmer Rouge revelations.

Some big names are attached to the projects including, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in Derek Cianfrance's portrait of an American marriage, "Blue Valentine"; Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman star in Spencer Susser's drama "Hesher"; James Franco, Jon Hamm, and Mary-Louise Parker populate Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's look at the Allen Ginsberg obscenity trial in "Howl."
 
Here's a picture of Franco in the Ginsberg film...as the iconic poet and his lifelong partner Peter Orlovsky ( Aaron Tveit)...


jamesfranco_howl_pg.jpgThe U.S. dramatic entries include: Actor Mark Ruffalo makes his directing debut with "Sympathy for Delicious," which stars Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis and Laura Linney in a story of a paralyzed DJ exploring the world of faith healing. While America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama and Melissa Leo star in Ryan Piers Williams' "The Dry Land" centers on a soldier trying to re-engage his life in Texas. Leo also appears in Jake Scott's "Welcome to the Rileys," with James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart, next month.

The festival features 113 films from 38 countries, including 81 world premieres and 42 first-time filmmakers, 24 of whom have films in competition; selections were drawn from 3,724 feature submissions (1,920 from the U.S.; 1,804 international), an increase of 63 films from 2009.

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