The 10 Most Anticipated Sundance Films of 2012 Films
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The 10 Most Anticipated Sundance Films of 2012

As Hollywood prepares for its belated Christmas morning—the Academy Award nominations—later this month, avant-garde film lovers will be hitting the slopes of Park City, UT for not only some post-New Years skiing but also America's largest film festival. The Sundance Film Festival has become the most prominent outlet for indie cinema since its inception in 1981. Founded by the Sundance kid himself, actor/director Robert Redford, Sundance showcases both emerging and veteran filmmakers creating movies outside the usually constricting realm of mainstream Hollywood, and has established numerous unique, contemporary voices, including Steven Soderbergh ("Sex, Lies, and Videotape"), Quentin Tarantino ("Reservoir Dogs") and Diablo Cody ("Juno"). Although some films will be swiftly forgotten, others will become art-house mainstays, cult phenomenons or even Oscar hopefuls come 2013. It's too early to predict which one of these films will become the next "Little Miss Sunshine," "Juno" or "Winter's Bone," but.... these flicks premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival deserve a screen at your local art-house theater.
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    Julie Delpy has a thing for sequels. The French star has decided to follow through not with Richard Linklater's beloved "Sunrise"/"Sunset" series, but with her semi-autobiographical filmmaking debut "2 Days in Paris." "2 Days in New York" follows Delpy's alter ego Marion in—you guessed it—New York, where she is raising the child of her ex-beau ("Paris" star Adam Goldberg). But Marion's OK: She's already moved on to Mingus (Chris Rock) and has enough Francophone family dysfunction to keep her occupied.

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    Ted Mosby has done it again: fallen in love. Except this time, he's not New York City sweet-guy architect Ted Mosby but the scruffy 30-something Jesse who, upon returning to his university alma mater, falls for a 19-year-old student (Elizabeth Olsen). So, so not Ted Mosby. "Liberal Arts" is (real-life Ted Mosby) Josh Radnor's sophomore Sundance effort, and with Olsen's growing star power, it's sure to captivate audiences.

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    Mark Duplass will be all over Park City's Main Street this year with the premieres of two films: "Your Sister's Sister" and "Safety Not Guaranteed." The former is from indie mastermind Lynne Shelton; the latter is a timely comedy that involves Craigslist and time travel—but alas, not time traveling through Craigslist. Funny ladies Aubrey Plaza and Kristen Bell join Duplass in this surefire hit, which marks the feature debut of writer Derek Connolly.

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    "Celeste and Jesse Forever" pairs together TV's most adorkable comedic talents. No, we're (thankfully) not talking about Zooey Deschanel, but "SNL" performer Andy Samberg and "Parks and Recreation" star Rashida Jones, who also co-wrote the script with writing partner Will McCormack. The film, which centers around a divorcing couple pursuing other people, is one of those off-beat anti-romantic comedies that Sundance loves to guilty gush over. Although it's most likely devoid of Leslie Knope and zany digital shorts, Jones and Samberg have proven that they can certainly carry their charming humor from the small to big screen.

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    Filmmaker Lynn Shelton electrified Sundance—and the independent film world at large—in 2009 with her twisted Mumblecore comedy "Humpday," starring indie film vets Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard. Duplass joins Shelton in her latest cinematic foray, the cleverly titled "Your Sister's Sister." Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt star as the sisters who spend a drunken weekend with Duplass' character at their family's vacation cabin home. Considering Shelton usually attacks her work with brutal, albeit absurd, honesty, don't expect this to turn into a light affair.


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