Sundance 2014: NEXT

by IMDb-Editors | created - 01 Jan 2014 | updated - 09 Jan 2014 | Public

Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a “greater” next wave in American cinema.

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1. Appropriate Behaviour (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

Director: Desiree Akhavan | Stars: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Ryan Fitzsimmons

Votes: 3,550

2. Drunktown's Finest (2014)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama

55 Metascore

Three young Native Americans - an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual - strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

Director: Sydney Freeland | Stars: Jeremiah Bitsui, Carmen Moore, MorningStar Angeline, Tailinh Agoyo

Votes: 197

3. The Foxy Merkins (2013)

81 min | Adventure, Comedy

42 Metascore

Two lesbian hookers wind their way through a world of bargain-hunting housewives and double-dealing conservative women in this buddy comedy, an homage to and riff on iconic male hustler ... See full summary »

Director: Madeleine Olnek | Stars: Gian Maria Annovi, Nuotama Bodomo, Diane Ciesla, Claudia Cogan

Votes: 118

4. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour | Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

Votes: 27,425

5. Imperial Dreams (2014)

87 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.

Director: Malik Vitthal | Stars: John Boyega, Rotimi, Glenn Plummer, De'aundre Bonds

Votes: 3,454

6. Land Ho! (2014)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

A pair of former brothers-in-law embark on a road trip through Iceland.

Directors: Aaron Katz, Martha Stephens | Stars: Earl Lynn Nelson, Paul Eenhoorn, Daníel Gylfason, Þrúður Kristjánsdóttir

Votes: 2,393 | Gross: $0.73M

7. Listen Up Philip (2014)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Ross Perry | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter

Votes: 5,827 | Gross: $0.14M

8. Memphis (I) (2013)

Unrated | 75 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A strange singer with God-given talent drifts through his adopted city of Memphis with its canopy of ancient oak trees, streets of shattered windows, and aura of burning spirituality. ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Sutton | Stars: Willis Earl Beal, Constance Brantley, Larry Dodson, Pauline Dyer

Votes: 302

9. Obvious Child (2014)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A twenty-something comedienne's unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.

Director: Gillian Robespierre | Stars: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, Gabe Liedman

Votes: 21,969 | Gross: $3.12M

10. Ping Pong Summer (2014)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

52 Metascore

A family vacation during the summer of 1985 changes everything for a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong.

Director: Michael Tully | Stars: Marcello Conte, Judah Friedlander, Amy Sedaris, Lea Thompson

Votes: 2,565 | Gross: $0.03M

11. War Story (I) (2014)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama

50 Metascore

A war photographer who recently endured a brutal detainment in Libya holes up in Sicily to come to terms with her ordeal, not far from the home of her former lover and mentor. Soon she ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Jackson | Stars: Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi, Ben Kingsley, Vincenzo Amato

Votes: 658



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