11 December 2015

Six Protagonist titles selected for Sundance 2016

By otm

LONDON:
10 DECEMBER 2015

Protagonist
Pictures will attend Sundance 2016 with six films selected across the festival.
Academy
Award® nominee Joshua Marston’s newly titled drama COMPLETE UNKOWN, Whit
Stillman’s biting period satire LOVE
& FRIENDSHIP
, and the hotly anticipated new film from New Zealand
superstar Taika Waititi, HUNT FOR THE
WILDERPEOPLE
, will all screen in Premieres. Genre genius Rob Zombie comes
blazing into the Midnight programme with 31,
and Rebecca Miller’s MAGGIES PLAN
and Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER will
screen in the Spotlight strand.

“We
are so excited that the Sundance programming team responded to all these
films,” said Protagonist CEO Mike Goodridge. “The festival has played a key
role in the careers of Josh Marston, Whit Stillman, Taika Waititi and Rebecca
Miller so it’s a pleasure to be back with such illustrious alumni. And
thrilling to unleash the brilliant minds of Rob Zombie and Yorgos Lanthimos on
the Sundance audience.”

Attending
Sundance for Protagonist will be Goodridge, Head of Worldwide Sales Vanessa
Saal, Head of Worldwide Acquisitions Dave Bishop, COO Dimitra Tsingou, Head of
Marketing Bridget Pedgrift and acquisitions executive Emily Gotto.

SUNDANCE PREMIERES

Complete
Unknown 
/ U.S.A.
(Director: Joshua Marston, Screenwriters: Joshua Marston, Julian Sheppard) 

Academy
Award® winner Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon and Academy Award® winner Kathy
Bates star in this gripping drama from Joshua Marston, director of Academy
Award® nominee Maria Full Of Grace. 

When Alice (Rachel Weisz)
shows up out of the blue at Tom’s (Michael Shannon) birthday dinner in New York
City, the guests are immediately charmed by her intriguing stories. But things
become increasingly complicated as questions arise as to who she really is, how
she leads her life, and what she really wants.  Cast: Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy
Bates, Danny Glover. World Premiere

Hunt for the
Wilderpeople
 / New
Zealand (Director and screenwriter: Taika Waititi) — Ricky is a defiant young
city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the
wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put
aside their differences and work together to survive in this heartwarming
adventure comedy. Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata,
Rachel House, Oscar Kightley. World
Premiere

Love &
Friendship 
/
Ireland, France, Netherlands (Director and screenwriter: Whit Stillman) — From
Jane Austen’s novella, the beautiful and cunning Lady Susan Vernon visits the
estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors of her dalliances and to find
husbands for herself and her daughter. Two young men, handsome Reginald
DeCourcy and wealthy Sir James Martin, severely complicate her plans. Cast:
Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell, Tom Bennett,
Stephen Fry. World Premiere

SUNDANCE MIDNIGHT

31 / USA (Director: Rob
Zombie, Screenwriter: Rob Zombie)

31 tells
the story of five carnies kidnapped on Halloween morning 1976 and held hostage
in a remote industrial hell. While trapped, they are forced to play a violent
game called 31. The mission is to survive 12 hours against an endless gang of
grease-painted maniacs. Cast Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Richard
Brake Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips.
World Premiere

SUNDANCE SPOTLIGHT

The Lobster / Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Greece,
Netherlands (Director: Yorgos Lanthimos, Screenwriters: Yorgos Lanthimos,
Efthymis Filippou) — In a near future world, single people are obliged to find
a mate in 45 days or else be transformed into an animal of their choice and be
released into the woods. Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben
Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Olivia Colman.

Maggie’s Plan / USA (Director: Rebecca Miller,
Screenwriters: Rebecca Miller, based on a story by Karen Rinaldi) — A young
woman’s determination to have a child catapults her into a nervy love triangle
with a heart-throb academic and his eccentric critical-theorist wife. Cast:
Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Travis
Fimmel.

Source: http://variety.com/2015/film/global/protagonist-represents-joshua-marston-whit-stillman-taika-waititi-films-at-sundance-1201659249/


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