As the Sundance Film Festival enters its fourth day, there have already been at least one big seller and plenty of talked-about movies on show.
Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest became the first big sale of the festival, with Sony Pictures snatching up rights for between $3 and $4 million.
Starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke, it’s not your typical Sundance pic – it’s more an ultraviolent cop drama that sees three New York cops end up in one deadly situation.
Comedy and horror
Guaranteed to provide less brutal cops and more laughs is Humpday, a comedy generating some good buzz.
It finds two friends – played by Joshua Leonard and Mark Duplass – who meet back up after years and diverging lives and –after some inebriation – decide to make a porn film together.
Okay, there’s more to it than that, but according to Erik Davis over at Cinematical, it’s “a funny, strong, sympathetic dick flick that will bury itself deep within your most intimate areas until it's won over your heart, your soul and your wicked sense of humor.” Nice.
Horror pic Grace, meanwhile, has been nabbing headlines with word that two audiences members fainted during the movie’s first screening.
We’re guessing it was either the altitude (the air can get thin up there in Park City) or the fact that Grace finds a woman bringing a dead baby to term, only to will her back to life with dire, blood-drinking-infant consequences. Not one for weak stomachs, we fear…
Finally, horror more likely to make you giggle than gag – unless you suffer from Dendrophobia (fear of… look, you’ll figure it out in a second) – is Treevenge, a short about Christmas trees that come to life and attack people. The teaser trailer is below – just be glad the festive season is over.