Sundance Film Festival 2013 Preview: Films To Keep An Eye On

Bundle up, kids! It's time once again for the Sundance Film Festival. For the uninitiated, Sundance takes place up in the mountains of Utah (Park City, to be exact) every year. The festival is put together each January by the Sundance Institute, an organization founded by actor Robert Redford that promotes independent storytelling from around the world. Throughout the 10-day event, up-and-coming directors and screenwriters get a chance to showcase their newest projects to attendees.

This brings us to the 2013 slate, which features a wide mix of films, from Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, to Daniel Radcliffe's turn as Allen Ginsberg. Rest assured, there are tons of flicks on the docket this year that you will likely want to keep an eye on in the coming months. After all, you never know when one of these movies will find there way onto the awards circuit, like the Oscar-nominated "Beasts of the Southern Wild" did this year (the film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Festival).

With all that in mind, here is a quick list of 15 movies that you should keep on your radar over the next 12 months. And make sure to stay tuned to Moviefone this week for reviews, interviews and premiere galleries, live from Park City, UT.

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 17 - January 27


Who's In It: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, Mulroney, Matthew Modine, J.K. Simmons
What's It About: The film traces the professional and personal life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs
Why You Should Pay Attention: No, your eyes have not deceived you: That's funnyman Ashton Kutcher playing the iconic inventor/entrepreneur. This movie likely hinges on Kutcher's acting ability (which some don't find that ... serious). That said, AplusK does have a talented cast backing him up. Look for this film to be one of the big headline-grabbers of Sundance

'Upstream Color'

Who's In It: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth
What's It About: A woman is drugged by a small-time thief, and soon discovers another being consumed by, and I quote, "the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world."
Why You Should Pay Attention: Strange synopses, aside, "Upstream Color" comes from the mind of writer/director Shane Carruth, whose last film, the indie hit "Primer," won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Needless to say, his sure-to-be-surreal new project is on many critics must-see lists.


Who's In It: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick
What's It About: Split into three parts, this biopic focuses on the life of infamous porn star Linda Lovelace, who starred in the equally infamous "Deep Throat."
Why You Should Pay Attention: The story of Linda Lovelace is one of Hollywood's seediest. With "Les Mis" star Amanda Seyfried in the titular role, and "Howl" directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman behind the camera, this movie is one to keep an eye on, especially when you take into consideration the anti-porn stance Lovelace took in the 1980s.

'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman'

Who's In It: Shia LaBeouf, Rupert Grint, Evan Rachel Wood
What's It About: Charlie Countryman falls in love with the wife of a violent mob boss, and then tries to woo her by any means necessary (even dying).
Why You Should Pay Attention: There are a lot of Shia LaBeouf haters out there, but the pairing with Evan Rachel Wood in this movie just seems to make sense. Also, here we get to see Rupert Grint sans-wizard robe, which should give any Potterhead reason enough to check this flick out.

'Kill Your Darlings'

Who's In It: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall
What's It About: In 1944, a young Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac end up witnessing a murder, one that ends up changing the writers' lives forever.
Why You Should Pay Attention: Daniel Radcliffe as Ginsberg has buzz written all over it. Though it's not his first post-'Potter' role (that would go to the forgotten horror flick, "The Woman in Black"), this one is sure to make the rounds.

15 Sundance Films To Keep An Eye On
Upstream Color
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman
Kill Your Darlings

Crystal Fairy (with Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Agustín Silva, José Miguel Silva)
Mud (with Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon)
Don Jon's Addiction (with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza)
The East (with Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson)
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (with Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker, Keith Carradine)
Prince Avalanche (with Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch)
Breathe In (with Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, Mackenzie Davis)
Stoker (with Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver, Nicole Kidman)
Touchy Feely (with Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page, Josh Pais)
A.C.O.D. (with Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clark Duke)

The other 10 films and their complete descriptions can be read here.