The Sundance Film Festival is fast-approaching, and while the fest has announced its slate already, they are still adding films here and there. Today, we received word from the Sundance Institute that three more films will be screened in Park City, all from filmmakers who have been acclaimed in the past, and all with solid casts.

“When the opportunity to screen the latest films from three extremely innovative storytellers presented itself, we knew we could not deny our audiences,” said John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. “As an added bonus, all three are alumni of the Festival, so we are thrilled to be able to support them returning to Sundance with their newest work.”

The three new films are described below, two with preview images:

It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (Director: Gurinder Chadha; Screenwriters: Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha)—A comedy centered on an Indian mother who discovers that finding the perfect son-in-law can be murder. Cast: Shabana Azmi, Goldy Notay, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sally Hawkins.

Chadha has screened three films at the Sundance Film Festival: Bend it Like Beckham (2003), What’s Cooking? (2000) and the short film I’m British But… (1992)

The Romantics (Director and screenwriter: Galt Niederhoffer, based on her novel)—The Romantics, a zeitgeist love story and generational comedy, takes place over the course of one night at a deluxe seaside wedding. Cast: Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman, Elijah Wood, Candice Bergen, Jeremy Strong, Dianna Agron.

Niederhoffer received the 2007 Sundance Audience Award for producing Grace is Gone. She also produced the Sundance Film Festival films Lonesome Jim, Dedication, Diminished Capacity, Birds of America, and Hurricane.

The Kids are Alright (Director: Lisa Cholodenko; Screenwriters: Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko)—Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their birth father into their family life. Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening. [No Image Available]

Cholodenko received the 1998 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance for High Art, and screened Laurel Canyon at the 2003 Festival.

The Sundance Film Festival will take place in Park City, Utah from January 21-31. For more of our coverage, including live coverage from Park City, keep it locked to our Sundance 2010 homepage.


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