Elle Fanning in Phoebe in WonderlandAs I continue to trudge through the great cinematic year that has been 2008, I am constantly reminded that I did see plenty of movies before the likes of Iron Man and The Dark Knight forced me to forget. I saw these movies, in bulk, at the Sundance Film Festival. And despite getting shuffled around in between all of the big blockbusters laid out under the summer sun, I still keep coming back to some of my favorites from late January.

Today, a promo reel for another delightful indie, entitled Phoebe in Wonderland, has hit the web. The film stars Elle, little sister of Dakota Fanning, as Pheobe, a creative-minded little girl whose wild imagination and often temperamental nature cast her out in school and with her family at home. She finds refuge though, in the company of an eccentric teacher, played by Patricia Clarkson. It is a whimsical little film that starts out as an often funny, quirky family film, but turns sharply toward a dark, heavy-hearted story of a troubled child. At its core though, is a wonderful performance from young Elle Fanning, one that could outshine the performances of her older sister any day.

Have a look at the three minute extended trailer below.

For more, check out my Phoebe in Wonderland review from the Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by newcomer Daniel Barnz. Along with Clarkson and Fanning, Bill Pullman and Felicity Huffman also star. Phoebe in Wonderland is scheduled to hit theaters in limited release on September 12, 2008.

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