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The Five Must-See Films In Park City This January

December 4, 2008 at 10:15 AM | by | ()

Take it from Sundance veterans like us: No matter how good your intentions, you won't be able to catch that many flicks at the Park City festival. Between traffic, parties, "gifting lounges," ticket lines, velvet ropes, celeb spotting and art gawking, you'll just run out of time.

Don't beat yourself up: No one else is going to see movies either. But if you do want to catch a film at the, uh, film festival, we'd suggest these five off the recently released line up:

Written and directed by a Sundance '07 alum ("Make a Wish"), Amreeka tells the story of a Palestinian woman and her son living in rural Illinois at the beginning of the Iraq War. Cherien Dabis tapped her own experiences as an Arab American growing up in Ohio during the first Gulf War, but despite the heavy subject matter she manages to bring levity to the story, shot in Canada and Ramallah.

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men:
Mr. Hair Flip himself, John Krasinski, writes, directs and stars in this adaptation of David Foster Wallace's 1999 short story collection about, well, hideous men. Julianne Nicholson plays heartbroken interviewer Sara Quinn, while Krasinski's real-life ex Rashida Jones also stars.

Paper Heart:
A sorta-documentary about love written by Nicholas Jasenovec and Charlyne Yi, we expect plenty of awkward laughs from this film about love--and Yi's boyfriend Michael Cera.

Prom Night in Mississippi:
It took a Canadian director to produce this documentary about Charleston High School's first racially integrated prom. Morgan Freeman helped bankroll the project.

Documentary titan Joe Berlinger filmed in Ecuador's Amazon rain forest, Houston, London, New York and Washington, DC to get "the inside story of the 'Amazon Chernobyl,'" an ecological disaster caused by transnational oil companies operating in South America.

Related Stories:
· Sundance 2009 [Official Site]
· Sundance coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo from "Paper Heart": Slashfilm]

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