The Sundance Film Festival released its 2014 lineup Wednesday, featuring 16 independent films that include "The Double," "Locke," and "Camp X-Ray," and actors including Laurence Fishburne, Elijah Wood, Jesse Eisenberg, Tom Hardy, and Tilda Swinton.
"They kind of struck us as surprising, a lot of the storylines this year, especially in competition. A lot of them were unexpected," John Cooper, director of the Sundance film festival, told Reuters
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Among the films selected by Sundance this year is Richard Ayoade's mistaken-identity thriller "The Double," about a timid, isolated man who encounters his physical double who personality-wise is his exact opposite, Steven Knight's minimalist thriller "Locke" starring Tom Hardy, and "Camp X-Ray" in which Kristen Stewart plays a guard at Guantanamo Bay.
"These are stories that people know that are accessible. We always tell people to make the movies that they know, and there's such diversity in what that is," Cooper said.
"(Dysfunctional family stories) are one of the stalwarts of independent films, but it's done with a little more of a twist, a little more creativity than in the past, a little more comedy. There's a lot of comedy intermixed here," Cooper added.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the festival also revealed a new section dubbed Sundance Kids on Thursday.
Working with the Utah Film Center’s year-round Tumbleweeds program for children and youth, the Sundance Kids section will feature films for younger audiences.
"The addition of Sundance Kids allows us to engage younger audiences around the power of independent film," Trevor Groth, Sundance's director of programming said in a press release
The festival was founded in Salt Lake City, UT in 1978 by an associate of Robert Redford. The actor currently chairs Sundance and has long been the face of the independent film festival.
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