2013 Sundance Film Festival : nudity prediction

* Denoted movies (selective) with (including possible) nude scenes are in red.

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in Premieres

Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated dramatic films of the coming year. Presented by Entertainment Weekly.

A.C.O.D. / U.S.A. (Director: Stuart Zicherman, Screenwriters: Ben Karlin, Stuart Zicherman)
— Carter is a well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce. So he thinks.  When he discovers he was part of a divorce study as a child, it wreaks havoc on his family and forces him to face his chaotic past. Cast: Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O'Hara, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clark Duke.
Almost certain to be rated PG-13.

Before Midnight/ U.S.A. (Director: Richard Linklater, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater
— We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Ariane Labed, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick.
Previous two 'Before' are among my favorite romantic flicks of all time. Ethan Hawke and Julie Deply understated performance are joy to watch enhanced by Linklater and the two leads script. I don't expect any nude scenes but I'm there when it hit the theaters. Guys looking for something totally opposite of gag-inducing rom-com movies should watch this one. Couldn't recommend highly enough. 

Big Sur / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michael Polish)
— Unable to cope with a suddenly demanding public and battling advanced alcoholism, Jack Kerouac seeks respite in three brief sojourns to a cabin in Big Sur, which reveal his mental and physical deterioration. Cast: Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, Anthony Edwards, Henry Thomas.
This got me all excited because I really thought the movie will be stuck in production limbo for few years. Kate Bosworth is in her fiancé adaptation of Jack Kerouac's Big Sur and reportedly going all out for couple of heavy breathers. But the movie trailer had me yawning in boredom within seconds. Not a good sign. It will struggle to find buyers unless Polish followed the book closely and had the love of his life Kate strip for the cam as a selling point. Kate is playing Billie - the lead character Jack's fuck-toy: 
"Lying mouth to mouth, kiss to kiss in the pillow dark, loin to loin in unbelievable surrendering sweetness so distant from all our mental fearful abstractions it makes you wonder why men have termed God antisexual somehow--the secret underground truth of mad desire..."
Kate is a notorious nudity dodger but 29-years old Capricornian is at the right age and something tells me she will flash her mams few times.
By the way, Stana Katic who is playing Lenora (a nudist in the book) will be providing much of the T-and-A. Jack rather voyeuristically observes Lenora having sex with her man in the bedroom and later when she runs around nude on the beach. Remember guys, there will be nudity but the quality of it is out of my control including the final cut.
Kate Bosworth stars in Winter Wonderland : A Christmas film by Topshop  
Enjoy our first ever Christmas film, Winter Wonderland. A Topshop production featuring a performance by A-list Hollywood star, Kate Bosworth, and directed by Michael Polish. Love Kate's look?

Breathe In / U.S.A. (Director: Drake Doremus, Screenwriters: Drake Doremus, Ben York Jones)

— When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family's relationships and alters their lives forever. Cast: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, Mackenzie Davis.
The same writers/directors behind "Like Crazy" and whom seemed to be enamored with Felicity Jones. Unlike PG-13 of Like Crazy, this effort should be R-rated but probably more for language than sexual content. Don't get me wrong. You can see from above pics Pearce and Jones will be getting it on. Nudity by Felicity could happen if the trust level between her and Drake Doremus is strong enough thanks to their earlier successful collaboration on Like Crazy. Though I'm putting my money on Ralph Fiennes's The Invisible Woman (2013) for her first proper upper frontal show.

Don Jon's Addiction / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
— In Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s charming directorial debut, a selfish modern-day Don Juan attempts to change his ways. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Glenne Headly, Rob Brown 
Described as sexy dramedy. A really buffed up Gordon-Levitt. Scarlett chesticles comes out to play? Unlikely. But there should be nudity from secondary characters. "Should" is the operative word here but with Tony Danza in it........More pics here

The East / U.S.A. (Director: Zal Batmanglij, Screenwriters: Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling)
— An operative for an elite private intelligence firm goes into deep cover to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective attacking major corporations.  Bent on apprehending these fugitives, she finds her loyalty tested as her feelings grow for the group's charismatic leader. Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Patricia Clarkson.
I have nothing to say...............wait I do. I want to fuck Brit Marling so bad. I love her voice...obsessed with her expressive lips. I bet she is a terrific oral exponent of male genitals. Did I just objectified a smart, capable and very talented artist? Sure did. I respect Brit work and her awesome independent streak in producing, writing and performing in movies she wholeheartedly believes in. But at the same time I think she has perky tits and tight Scandinavish butt. I want to live in a America that allows me to introduce myself to Brit by saying how much I loved her performance in Sound Of My Voice and pausing for a second before complementing her for the bubble-licious ass she displayed to fine effect. After all the nude scene was part of the movie. In my America...Brit will stare at me for a minute or so before dropping to her knees, unzipping my............

The Look of Love / United Kingdom (Director: Michael Winterbottom, Screenwriter: Matt Greenhalgh)
— The true story of British adult magazine publisher and entrepreneur Paul Raymond. A modern day King Midas story, Raymond became one of the richest men in Britain at the cost of losing those closest to him. Cast: Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots, Tamsin Egerton.
Winterbottom is back in form. At least for me. He convinced Tamsin Egerton to go full frontal (albeit briefly and with a reddish merkin). Yes, my fellow pervs. Ms.Egerton nude scenes will ranked alongside Ashley Hinshaw in Cherry in terms of clarity without low lighting nonsense. The movie will receive hard-R (and 18-certificate in England) but it will struggle to find distributors in US.

Lovelace / U.S.A. (Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Screenwriter: Andy Bellin) 
— Deep Throat, the first pornographic feature film to be a mainstream success, was an international sensation in 1972 and made its star, Linda Lovelace, a media darling. Years later the “poster girl for the sexual revolution” revealed a darker side to her story. Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, James Franco, Sharon Stone.
On my must watch list. Boobies galore from Seyfried (filmed artistically which in laymen means crappy dark hues and angled cam-work). Juno Temple hired solely to provide additional nudity. Nudecomer Lauren Fray plays Bunny and this is her modelmayhem site. It's currently bare bones at Imdb site for female cast list.

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman / U.S.A. (Director: Fredrik Bond, Screenwriter: Matt Drake)
— Traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman falls for Gabi, a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel, her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi’s past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying. Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, James Buckley, Til Schweiger.
The guy who co-wrote Project X is behind this with Moby-score driving the relentless plot. Aubrey Plaza is in it as well but very likely a glorified cameo. My interest is on English actress Vanessa Kirby as Felicity. Felicity...hmmm....with that kind of name, I expect some boobies.

Stoker / U.S.A. (Director: Park Chan-Wook, Screenwriter: Wentworth Miller)
— After India's father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie comes to live with her and her mother, Evelyn. Soon after his arrival, India suspects that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives but becomes increasingly infatuated with him. Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver, Nicole Kidman.
We know there going to the shower scene as shown in the trailer and is vital to the plot-line. But the troubling aspect of a body double looms large if the South Korean director employs flashy editing cross-cut with another segment occurring at the same time. Mia's face and breasts need to be in same frame and if that happens....joy to the world.

Sweetwater / U.S.A. (Directors: Logan Miller, Noah Miller, Screenwriter: Andrew McKenzie)


— In the late 1800s, a fanatical religious leader, a renegade Sheriff, and a former prostitute collide in a blood triangle on the rugged plains of the New Mexico Territory. Cast: Ed Harris, January Jones, Jason Isaacs, Eduardo Noriega, Steven Rude, Amy Madigan.
January Jones is briefly topless according to Recapped's trusted source. But he doesn't think it will be in the final cut because Jones presently dating one of the directors. But I think otherwise. She will be more comfortable performing her first nude scene. The age factor is there as well. January is 34. A MILF no thanks to a Greek sperm donor. To paraphrase James Brown..I feel good about this one.

Top of the Lake / Australia, New Zealand (Directors: Jane Campion, Garth Davis, Screenwriters: Jane Campion, Gerard Lee)
— A 12-year-old girl stands chest deep in a frozen lake. She is five months pregnant, and won't say who the father is. Then she disappears. So begins a haunting mystery that consumes a community. Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan, David Wenham. This six-hour film will screen once during the Festival.
Jane Campion's massive seven-part, six-hour, TV miniseries "Top Of The Lake" will unspool in its entirety, all led by "Mad Men" star Elisabeth Moss in a very different turn for the actress. Moss plays Robin Griffin, the detective sent to investigate the disappearance of the 12-year-old girl. Peter Mullan plays the girl's father, a local drug lord, while Holly Hunter is a guru at a local women’s camp. The good news - there is abundance of nudity particularly at the women's camp. But Campion final cut frightened producers and distributors including Sundance and BBC 2. Poor Jane. She was all effusive talking about working in TV allowed "more freedom" and "fewer restraints" than in film these days, telling the Hollywood Reporter, "Feature filmmaking is now quite conservative. The lack of restraints, the longer story arc: It's a luxury not there generally in film." But the series is said to be a major borefest with incredible amount of non-sexual nude scenes. It's clever on Sundance part to screen the movie at the festival to gauge audience reaction before trimming it short.
I know what you boys are mostly curious about. 
Is Elisabeth Moss finally going to reveal her precious cultish boobs? 
What if I say..............wait for the answer straight from Moss pretty mouth when she talks about her 'challenging' role before the series premiere at Sundance. Let me add it's going to be one of the 2013 showbiz surprises of the year.

Two Mothers / Australia, France (Director: Anne Fontaine, Screenwriter: Christopher Hampton)

— This gripping tale of love, lust and the power of friendship charts the unconventional and passionate affairs of two lifelong friends who fall in love with each other’s sons. Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frechevile.
Based upon Doris Lessing “The Grandmothers”. It was renamed to Two Mothers for the screen adaptation after the original title 'Motherfuckers' sounded too porn-ish......just kidding. Advertised as an erotic drama.....I will be fucking pissed if there is lack of nudity in the movie. Particularly from the two female stars.

Very Good Girls / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Naomi Foner)
— In the long, half-naked days of a New York summer, two girls on the brink of becoming women fall for the same guy and find that life isn't as simple or safe as they had thought. Cast: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin. 
Unfortunately after numerous rewrites and employing body doubles for skinny dipping scene, we have to wait for a while before we can see Dakota nude in a movie and Olsen in Oldboy.

Sundance Film Festival names Midnight, Spotlight, Frontier picks

A sequel to a horror anthology movie, an experimental film from James Franco and new works starring Sarah Polley, Rob Corddry and Matthew McConaughey are among the newest additions to next year’s Sundance Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday.

The festival’s selections for its Spotlight (dedicated to movies that have played at other festivals), Park City at Midnight (reserved for thrillers and raunchy comedies) and New Frontier (focused on experimental projects) sections include 20 movies and seven art installations.

The works join the 32 dramatic and documentary competition films that were announced Wednesday; the festival’s narrative and nonfiction premieres, the most high-profile movies at Sundance, will be revealed on Monday. The festival, considered the nation’s top launching pad for movies made outside the studio system, runs Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Utah.

From horror flicks to comedies to works that defy any genre, these unruly films will keep you edge-seated and wide awake. Each is a world premiere.

Ass Backwards / U.S.A. (Director: Chris Nelson, Screenwriters: June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson)
— Loveable losers Kate and Chloe take a road trip back to their hometown to claim the beauty pageant crown that eluded them as children, only to discover what really counts: friendship. Cast: June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Alicia Silverstone, Jon Cryer, Brian Geraghty.
Early financial teething issues solved no thanks to Kickstarter. Both Casey and June are cutie-pies and as you can see in above pic - sexy as fuck. Be warned though....The same team produced the atrocious Bride Wars (2009). Ass Backwards is based loosely on Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997).

Hell Baby / U.S.A. (Directors and screenwriters: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon) — An expectant couple moves into the most haunted fixer-upper in New Orleans – a house with a demonic curse. Things spiral out of control and soon only the Vatican's elite exorcism team can save the pair – or can it? Cast: Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key, Riki Lindhome, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel.
Actually a comedy with horror elements from the duo behind Reno 911!: Miami. Notable publicity courtesy of Riki Lindhome who claims she will go full-frontal with Rob Corddry getting an eyeful. We'll have to wait and see if the scene made it to the final cut.

In Fear / United Kingdom (Directed and story by: Jeremy Lovering)
— Trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, Tom and Lucy are terrorized by an unseen tormentor exploiting their worst fears. Eventually they realize they've let the evil in – it’s sitting in their car. Cast: Alice Englert, Iain De Caestecker, Allen Leech.  
Psychological horror getting good buzz with rising future star and daughter of Jane Campion - Alice giving a top-notch performance. Her mom is big on nudity. Hopefully Alice is open-minded as well.

kink (documentary) / U.S.A. (Director: Christina Voros)
— A story of sex, submission and big business is told through the eyes of the unlikely pornographers whose 9:00-to-5:00 work days are spent within the confines of the San Francisco Armory building, home to the sprawling porn production facilities of Kink.com. 
Make sure to catch this at Sundance uncut if you're into S-and-M culture.

The Rambler / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder)
— After being released from prison, a man known as “The Rambler” stumbles upon a strange mystery as he attempts the treacherous journey through back roads and small towns en route to reconnecting with his long-lost brother. Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Lindsay Pulsipher, Natasha Lyonne, James Cady, Scott Sharot.
Feature length horror from Reeder expanded from his critically acclaimed  shortie: http://vimeo.com/5202568
Rated R For disturbing gory violence, strong language including sexual references and for brief nudity.

V/H/S/2 / U.S.A., Canada (Directors: Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, Jason Eisener, Screenwriters: Simon Barrett, Jamie Nash, Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Huw Evans, John Davies)
— Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his abandoned house and find another collection of mysterious VHS tapes. In viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be terrifying motives behind the student’s disappearance. Cast: Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L.C Holt, Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Hughes. 
Got a hunch the sequel going to be superior to the original. Just hoping there will be more of T-and-A.

Virtually Heroes / U.S.A. (Director: GJ Echternkamp, Screenwriter: Matt Yamashita)
— Two self-aware characters in a Call of Duty-style video game struggle with their screwy, frustrating existence. To find answers, one abandons his partner and mission, seeking to unravel the cheat codes of life. Cast: Robert Baker, Brent Chase, Katie Savoy, Mark Hamill, Ben Messmer. 
Katie Savoy is a major babe. By the way it's Roger Corman productions.  

We Are What We Are / U.S.A. (Director: Jim Mickle, Screenwriters: Nick Damici, Jim Mickle) — A devastating storm washes up clues that lead authorities closer and closer to the cannibalistic Parker family. Cast: Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Michael Parks, Wyatt Russell, Kelly McGillis. 
From makers of highly regarded Stakeland (2010). This one will rock the Sundance. Remake of Mexican ho-hum effort Somos lo que hay (2010), I feel the Americanized version will go over much better than the original with more of a straight-forward treatment. There could be a nudity possibility (rhymes) by Julia Garner but I won't hold my breath.

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in U.S. and World Competitions

Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT section of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.

Afternoon Delight / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jill Soloway)
— In this sexy, dark comedy, a lost L.A. housewife puts her idyllic hipster life in jeopardy when she tries to rescue a stripper by taking her in as a live-in nanny. Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch.
Kathryn Hahn (breasts, see-through full frontal)
Juno Temple (breasts)

Ain't Them Bodies Saints / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: David Lowery)
— The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. Cast: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker, Keith Carradine. 
Receiving visions of violent hillbilly sex. Nope. It's all in my head. Lowery is an editor so expect this to be action-oriented Badlands meet Deliverance meet Smokey and the Bandit! But I'm feeling a positive vibe: Rooney Mara (breasts)

Concussion / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Stacie Passon) 
— After a blow to the head, Abby decides she can't do it anymore. Her life just can't be only about the house, the kids and the wife. She needs more: she needs to be Eleanor. Cast: Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney, Laila Robins.You can read my earlier write-up of the film here with original spotlight on Emily Kinney.

Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Francesca Gregorini)
— Emanuel, a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper. Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel, Alfred Molina, Frances O'Connor, Jimmi Simpson, Aneurin Barnard.
Gregorini previous effort Tanner Hall was only released thanks to Rooney Mara's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo critical and box-office success. What we can take from Tanner Hall besides Gregorini's preoccupation with sex? Does that mean we'll see Kaya Scodelario tits at some point? The director bears a striking resemblance to Kaya. The role was supposed to be played by Rooney Mara but she bowed out. Kaya's mom was actually on set during the film shoot in Los Angeles. Lezzing between Kaya and Jessica Biel? Hmm....Just felt a tug in my cock as I'm writing this....good tidings indeed:
Kaya Scodelario (breasts and ass). 

In a World... / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Lake Bell)
— An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation. Cast: Lake Bell, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino, Fred Melamed.
I like Lake Bell. She is cute, love the soft-husky voice and the perfection that are her boobies. The great thing about Lake is she will go the nude distance if she feels it'll help the movie or the show she is in. How to Make It in America was struggling to pull in viewers and bam...her tits came out to no avail. Good friend Katie Aselton wanted a partner-in-nudity in Black Rock and bam...Lake was there to free those puppies. So the odds are good we may get a glimpse of the funbags again. After all she wrote, produced and directed the flick. But I won't get my hopes up looking at the rest of the cast and storyline. Seems like a PG-13 political correctness BS.

Kill Your Darlings / U.S.A. (Director: John Krokidas, Screenwriters: Austin Bunn, John Krokidas)
— An untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that led to the birth of an entire generation – their Beat revolution. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHann, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen.Interesting read
UPDATED 01/05/2013:
28-years old casting assistant-cum-actress Erin Darke (breasts).
Erin worked hard to get a role opposite Harry Potter. Major crush on the diminutive Brit that she was willing to perform her first nude (topless) scene with Radcliffe the beneficiary. The actor was smitten with her but especially with Erin's pale pinkish tits. Sure enough Erin was recipient of Radcliffe 'tutoring' her on the fine arts of acting in his trailer. 
(Similar thing happened recently with Leonardo Da Caprio and Margot Robbie. The Aussie did her first on-screen nudity - full frontal - with only Leo, Martin Scorcesse, DP and couple of others on the closed set of The Wolf Of Wall Street. Leo fell in love not with Margot but with her awesome body. The Aussie starlet was flattered and later flattened under Leo's weight as he pumped her full of love.)

The Lifeguard / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Liz W. Garcia)
— A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager. Cast: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Amy Madigan, David Lambert.
It will make my year if Kristen - in probably her most dramatic and provocative role - strips for real on-cam for the first time. This is Liz W. Garcia first feature length movie. She offered the role originally to Kate Bosworth who was quick with her no-way-Jose. From one nudity dodger to another. Doesn't look promising at all. You must be thinking it got Lifetime written all over it. But I willing to bet (yep...I bet a lot) this dark comedy will be rated-R. Watch out for Mamie Gummer as Mel.

May in the Summer / U.S.A., Qatar, Jordan (Director and screenwriter: Cherien Dabis)
— A bride-to-be is forced to reevaluate her life when she reunites with her family in Jordan and finds herself confronted with the aftermath of her parents’ divorce. Cast: Cherien Dabis, Hiam Abbass, Bill Pullman, Alia Shawkat, Nadine Malouf, Alexander Siddig.
I just know that hot Cherien Dabis is gay and was a writer on L-Word series. 

Mother of George / U.S.A. (Director: Andrew Dosunmu, Screenwriter: Darci Picoult)
— A story about a woman willing to do anything and risk everything for her marriage. Cast: Isaach De Bankolé, Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa, Yaya Alafia, Bukky Ajayi.
Pouty Danai Gurira (Michonne in The Walking Dead) is the female lead. When there is a tag with "woman willing to do anything" you can rest assured some sort of sex or nude scene is involved. 

The Spectacular Now / U.S.A. (Director: James Ponsoldt, Screenwriters: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber)
— Sutter is a high school senior who lives for the moment; Aimee is the introvert he attempts to "save." As their relationship deepens, the lines between right and wrong, friendship and love, and "saving" and corrupting become inextricably blurred. Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler.
Will it be PG-13 or R with brief sexuality or even nudity? Shailene takes her top off to show she is no nerdy-looking beneath the clothes? Brie Larson and Kaitlyn Dever....nice.
UPDATED 01/05/2013:
Here is the latest lowdown on the movie expected to be one of the hits at Sundance. My guess is (and pretty sure about it considering it was selected to screen at Sundance who doesn't care too much for PG-rated indie flicks) it will be "Rated R for language, ...... and sexual content" but will be holding out for "Rated R for language, ........ and sexuality/nudity".
It will be a bummer if it's 'sexual content' which usually means there will be nudity but really brief and the implied-kind BS. If it's either "brief nudity" or "nudity" (the one I prefers), then I'm pretty sure gorgeous tits of Brie Larson will be on full display and Shailene topless in a love scene.
Brie nude scene should be from Sutter p.o.v as she rides him. But the director could have shot it from a different angle with a body double. It was a lengthy segment in the script. Another scene where both Brie character and Sutter undressed each other was probably filmed in clothed make-out session.
Perhaps the most important nudity in the dramedy will arrive courtesy of cute Shailene in a pivotal love scene. Likely side-boobs but feeling good about this so I going for brief breasts.

Upstream Color / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Shane Carruth)
— A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. Cast: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins.
Whenever I see Amy Seimetz name in the credits reminds me of mumblecore nonsense (excepting the sex scenes of course). 

Twelve films from emerging filmmaking talents offer fresh perspectives and inventive styles.

Crystal Fairy / Chile (Director and screenwriter: Sebastián Silva)
— Jamie invites a stranger to join a road trip to Chile. The woman’s free and esoteric nature clashes with Jamie’s acidic, self-absorbed personality as they head into the desert for a Mescaline-fueled psychedelic trip. Cast: Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel Silva, Agustín Silva. World Premiere.
I'm pretty stoked after realizing former child-star Gaby Hoffmann is playing the hippie named Crystal Fairy. Gaby is now 30 and one of the few remaining child-actors to dodge nudity for so long. Unfortunately Cera is in it as well. It all depends on your tolerance level.

Sundance Film Festival: Female directors take dramatic step forward

Eight of the 16 films chosen for the dramatic competition are helmed by women.

The Lifeguard
Kristen Bell in Liz W. Garcia 's "The Lifeguard." (Sundance Film Festival)

Culled from 1,227 submissions, the 16 dramas playing in the 2013 festival announced Wednesday cover a wide array of subjects and are populated by well-known actors (Casey Affleck, Daniel Radcliffe, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Biel) and complete unknowns. Many of the films, perhaps as a reflection of the gender of their directors, focus closely on personal, and often highly sexual, relationships.

“They are very much women’s stories,” said Trevor Groth, the festival’s programming director. In the 2012 festival, only three of the 16 dramatic competition films were made by women. According to San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, only 5% of the 250 highest-grossing films last year were directed by women.

John Cooper, the festival director, said the quantity of women directors for 2013 was not intentional, although he was proud of the 50-50 split. “Every film has to stand on its own. You are just looking for original stories.”

Several of those women-driven stories are concerned with women seeking physical and emotional connections.

“I’m concerned with women’s concerns — I like telling intimate stories about women, about what they want and what they feel,” said Liz W. Garcia, a prominent television writer (“Cold Case,” “Memphis Beat”) who wrote and directed “The Lifeguard.” Garcia’s debut feature tracks a woman (Kristen Bell) who returns to her hometown and has a dangerous affair with a high school student. “I’m proud that my movie is very female,” Garcia said.

Stacie Passon wrote and directed “Concussion,” about a woman named Abby (Robin Weigert) who feels sexually abandoned in her marriage to another woman (Julie Fain Lawrence) and takes extreme steps to find companionship. Passon said that even with a lesbian relationship her film “is really about a mid-life crisis within a marriage.”

Running from Jan. 17 to 27 in Park City, Utah, Sundance is the nation’s top showcase for movies made outside the studio system. The 2012 festival launched “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “The Sessions” and “Arbitrage,” all of which were directed by men, among other acclaimed independent productions that are considered likely awards season contenders.

Though many of the festival’s more prominent titles are found in its premiere section (those films, which are typically made by more established directors with bigger budgets, are announced Monday), the competition titles tend to define the festival’s personality.

“The filmmakers are delving into some very compelling relationship stories,” said Cooper. “But it’s coming from both female and male perspectives.”

The Sundance competition film with probably the most star-laden cast, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” is writer-director David Lowery’s account of a fugitive (Affleck) trying to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara). Lowery said that even with his high-profile actors (his cast includes Ben Foster and Keith Carradine) and Texas locations, he was trying to make “a very small film” about a couple’s bond. “I really wanted to tell a story that was exceedingly simple that didn’t have a lot of twists and turns,” Lowery said.

Two of the eight films helmed by women feature their directors (Lake Bell and Cherien Dabis) playing the lead roles. “The performances just come through as more connected and more authentic,” Cooper said. “But we’ve also seen it backfire on some people.”

In Bell’s feature debut, “In a World...,” she plays a voice-over artist whose father (Fred Melamed) is in the same profession and isn’t entirely welcoming of his daughter’s fledgling success. “His insecurity stands in the way of his being supportive of his daughter,” said Bell, whose short film “Worst Enemy” played at Sundance in 2011. “I’ve seen a lot of father-and-son competition, and I liked the fresh idea of giving the competition to the daughter.”

Bell said even though it wasn’t essential that moviegoers detect that her film was directed by a woman — “I think it’s clear it was directed by a daughter, if anything,” she said — she was pleased that so many women, including herself, were part of the Sundance slate. “I like the idea of my two little sisters feeling proud and empowered,” Bell said.

Dabis, whose “May in the Summer” will open the festival, said her movie was shaped by growing up with four sisters. In the film, Dabis plays May, a Christian woman engaged to a Muslim man. When May visits her Middle Eastern family, she is forced to confront pressure from all sides of the clan, including her siblings. “At its core, at its heart, it’s very much about family, and about a character struggling with her own sense of truth,” Dabis said.

Dabis’ previous feature, “Amreeka,” premiered at the festival in 2009. She said she was gratified to be among so many women filmmakers selected for next year’s festival. “It’s very exciting given how few women there are in the industry,” Dabis said.

“But I’ve never experienced any kind of prejudice except when it comes to financing. Men are generally entrusted more easily to large amounts of money,” Dabis said.

The next test for the competition filmmakers is to find a distributor in Park City. But for now, the directors are enjoying the moment, having survived the first cut, from 1,227 to 16.

“I was absolutely speechless when John Cooper called to say I was in,” Bell said. “It is so cool.”


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