Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Dean Stockwell: Sundance 2013 movies
[See previous article: "Daniel Radcliffe as Gay Poet Allan Ginsberg: Sundance 2013 Movies."] Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, a Sundance Creative Producing Labs effort which has been described (whether accurately or not, I don’t know) as the early 21st century’s Bonnie and Clyde. The story follows "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." (Photo: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.)
Dean Stockwell still active after more than six decades in Hollywood
Veteran Dean Stockwell, a former child actor who performed opposite Gene Kelly in Anchors Aweigh back in 1945, is featured in Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s C.O.G., described as "the first ever film adaptation of David Sedaris’ work," in which "a cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm … [where] he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path." The C.O.G. cast also includes Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Casey Wilson, and Troian Bellisario.
Cherien Dabis’ May in the Summer is unusual in that it’s a US / Jordan / Qatar co-production, starring Dabis, Independence Day’s Bill Pullman, and Hiam Abbass in a family drama set in Jordan. Jill Solloway’s Afternoon Delight stars Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, and Jane Lynch in a tale about a Los Angeles housewife whose life takes a surprising turn after she "rescues" a stripper by hiring the woman as a live-in nanny.
More ’mysterious’ human behavior in upcoming Lynn Shelton movie
Lynn Shelton, who has made a minor splash with "daring" movies about "controversial" human behavior will be at Sundance with Touchy Feely, in which a massage therapist mysteriously develops an aversion to touching others, while her uptight dentist brother discovers he has a "healing touch." Now, if you find the Touchy Feely plot absurd, that’s nothing compared to having a lesbian trying to get pregnant via sex with a straight male and a carefully perforated condom in Your Sister’s Sister, or heterosexual guys deciding to have gay sex (with one another) so as to enter a porn film competition in Sundance Special Jury Prize winner Humpday. The Touchy Feely cast includes Your Sister’s Sister’s Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, and Ellen Page.
Whether or not any of the aforementioned movies will make a major impact in 2013’s cultural, box-office, and awards-season landscape should be answered next January and in the ensuing months. The Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27, 2013.
Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara Ain’t Them Bodies Saints photo: Evolution Independent.