2009 Sundance Film Festival

by jakobdjensen | created - 31 Jan 2016 | updated - 31 Jan 2016 | Public

A list of the films screened at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. A good place to start is with "Moon," "An Education," and "Adventureland."

Grand Jury Prize: Documentary - We Live in Public Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic - Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Dramatic - The Maid (La Nana) Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Documentary - Rough Aunties

Audience Award: Documentary - The Cove Audience Award: Dramatic - Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary - Afghan Star World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic - An Education

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1. Art & Copy (2009)

TV-PG | 89 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential ... See full summary »

Director: Doug Pray | Stars: Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Hal Riney, Lee Clow

Votes: 1,690

2. Boy Interrupted (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Boy Interrupted looks at the life of Evan Perry a 15-year-old boy from New York who committed suicide in 2005. The film made by his parents Dana and Hart examines how Evan's bipolar ... See full summary »

Director: Dana Heinz Perry | Stars: Evan Scott Perry, Dana Heinz Perry, Hart Perry, Nicholas Kopple-Perry

Votes: 1,778

3. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 45,846 | Gross: $0.87M

4. Crude (2009)

Unrated | 105 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Dan Ashley, Pablo Fajardo, Kent Robertson, German Yanez

Votes: 786 | Gross: $0.17M

5. Dirt! The Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.

Directors: Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow, Eleonore Dailly | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Logan, Vandana Shiva, Fritjof Capra

Votes: 450

6. The General (2009)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

The glimpse into the life of Mexican President Plutarco Elias Calles.

Director: Natalia Almada

Votes: 55

7. Good Hair (2009)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary, Comedy

72 Metascore

Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles.

Director: Jeff Stilson | Stars: Chris Rock, Maya Angelou, Al Sharpton, Tanya Crumel

Votes: 5,301 | Gross: $4.16M

8. The Horse Boy (2009)

Unrated | 93 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A writer documents the journey his family takes to Mongolia to consult with nomadic shamans on the healing of their autistic son.

Director: Michel Orion Scott | Stars: Rupert Isaacson, Kristin Neff, Rowan Isaacson, Kendal Stewart

Votes: 649 | Gross: $0.16M

9. The Reckoning (2009)

6 min | Documentary, Short, Crime

A racist is taught a lesson in the form of an avenging angel who works in a convenience store.

Director: Kimberlee Harrison | Stars: Jonathan Beaudoin-Bates, James Carroll

10. Reporter (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Journalist Nicholas Kristof travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate the growing humanitarian crisis.

Director: Eric Daniel Metzgar | Stars: Eric Daniel Metzgar, Nicholas Kristof, Samantha Power, Gail Collins

Votes: 90

11. The September Issue (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue.

Director: R.J. Cutler | Stars: Anna Wintour, Thakoon Panichgul, André Leon Talley, Grace Coddington

Votes: 7,116 | Gross: $3.82M

12. Sergio (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A look at the life and work of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and the rescue operation when he was trapped and injured by a bomb explosion at UN headquarters in Baghdad.

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Tony Blair, Paul Bremer, Gilda Vieira de Mello, Sérgio Vieira de Mello

Votes: 231

13. Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus talks about the history and current state of free speech in America.

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Martin Garbus, Liz Garbus, Ken Starr, Jack M. Sleeth

Votes: 217

14. We Live in Public (2009)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade.

Director: Ondi Timoner | Stars: Josh Harris, Tom Harris, Carlos Alvarez, David Amron

Votes: 1,758 | Gross: $0.04M

15. When You're Strange (2009)

R | 86 min | Documentary, Music

55 Metascore

A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Johnny Depp, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek

Votes: 8,775 | Gross: $0.24M

16. William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

William Kunstler was one of the most famous lawyers of the 20th century. The New York Times called him "the most hated and most loved lawyer in America." His clients included Martin Luther ... See full summary »

Directors: Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler | Stars: Herman Badillo, Harry Belafonte, Clyde Bellecourt, Daniel Berrigan

Votes: 290 | Gross: $0.06M

17. Adam (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.

Director: Max Mayer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving

Votes: 32,825 | Gross: $2.28M

18. Amreeka (2009)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A drama centered on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son in small town Indiana.

Director: Cherien Dabis | Stars: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat

Votes: 3,335 | Gross: $0.62M

19. The Answer Man (2009)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

44 Metascore

A reclusive author of spiritual books is pursued for advice by a single mother and a man fresh out of rehab.

Director: John Hindman | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham, Lou Taylor Pucci, Olivia Thirlby

Votes: 6,148 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Big Fan (2009)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

A hard-core New York Giants fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.

Director: Robert Siegel | Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport, Marcia Jean Kurtz

Votes: 8,672 | Gross: $0.23M

21. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

44 Metascore

A graduate student (Nicholson) copes with a recent breakup by conducting interviews with various men.

Director: John Krasinski | Stars: Julianne Nicholson, Ben Shenkman, Timothy Hutton, Michael Cerveris

Votes: 3,238 | Gross: $0.03M

22. Cold Souls (2009)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

Paul is an actor who feels bogged down by his participation in a production of Chekov's play, Vanya.

Director: Sophie Barthes | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson, Dina Korzun, Armand Schultz

Votes: 9,337 | Gross: $0.90M

23. Dare (2009)

R | 92 min | Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A drama centered around three high school seniors - an aspiring actress, her misfit best friend, and a loner - who become engaged in an intimate and complicated relationship.

Director: Adam Salky | Stars: Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, Ashley Springer, Cady Huffman

Votes: 3,952

24. Don't Let Me Drown (2009)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

In a post-September 11th world overflowing with fear and hate, two Latino teens discover that sometimes the only thing that can keep them from drowning is love.

Director: Cruz Angeles | Stars: E.J. Bonilla, Gleendilys Inoa, Damián Alcázar, Ricardo Chavira

Votes: 374

25. The Greatest (2009)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

A drama that is centered around a troubled teenage girl, and a family that is trying to get over the loss of their son.

Director: Shana Feste | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon

Votes: 8,350 | Gross: $0.12M

26. Humpday (2009)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

Two guys take their bromance to another level when they participate in an art film project.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore, Lynn Shelton

Votes: 5,215 | Gross: $0.41M

27. Paper Heart (2009)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

Charlyne Yi embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't fully understand: Love.

Director: Nicholas Jasenovec | Stars: Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, Jake Johnson, Gill Summers

Votes: 7,953 | Gross: $1.27M

28. Peter and Vandy (2009)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

'Peter and Vandy' is a love story told out of order. Set in Manhattan, the story shifts back and forth in time, juxtaposing Peter and Vandy's romantic beginnings with the twisted, ... See full summary »

Director: Jay DiPietro | Stars: Jason Ritter, Jess Weixler, Jesse L. Martin, Tracie Thoms

Votes: 1,429 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Push (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

36 Metascore

Two young Americans with special abilities must race to find a girl in Hong Kong before a shadowy government organization called Division does.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Camilla Belle, Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, Colin Ford

Votes: 102,040 | Gross: $31.81M

30. Sin Nombre (2009)

R | 96 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

77 Metascore

A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Paulina Gaitan, Marco Antonio Aguirre, Leonardo Alonso, Karla Cecilia Alvarado

Votes: 29,989 | Gross: $2.53M

31. Taking Chance (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, War

Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.

Director: Ross Katz | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Tom Aldredge, Nicholas Art, Blanche Baker

Votes: 12,575

32. Toe to Toe (2009)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

62 Metascore

A story about two lacrosse teammates from opposite sides of the track.

Director: Emily Abt | Stars: Sonequa Martin-Green, Samantha Eustace, Louisa Krause, Maha Chehlaoui

Votes: 446 | Gross: $0.02M

33. 211: Anna (2009)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

An examination of Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya's death while covering the Chechen conflict and President Vladimir Putin.

Directors: Giovanna Massimetti, Paolo Serbandini | Star: Anna Politkovskaya

Votes: 34

34. Afghan Star (2009)

Unrated | 87 min | Documentary, Music

78 Metascore

A look at how contestants on the a musical contest program "Pop Idol" in Afghanistan risk their lives to appear on the show.

Director: Havana Marking | Stars: Habib Amiri, Setara Hussainzada, Rafi Naabzada, Lima Sahar

Votes: 921 | Gross: $0.10M

35. Big River Man (2009)

100 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

Martin Strel attempts to cover 3,375 miles of the Amazon River, the longest continuous swim in history.

Director: John Maringouin | Stars: Matthew Mohlke, Borut Strel, Martin Strel

Votes: 1,479

36. Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country (2008)

Unrated | 84 min | Documentary, History, News

82 Metascore

Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks.

Director: Anders Østergaard | Stars: George W. Bush, Ko Muang, Aung San Suu Kyi

Votes: 2,274 | Gross: $0.05M

37. The End of the Line (I) (2009)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

Documentary filmmaker Rupert Murray examines the devastating effect that overfishing has had on the world's fish populations and argues that drastic action must be taken to reverse these trends.

Director: Rupert Murray | Stars: Ben Bradshaw, Roberto Mielgo Bragazzi, Charles Clover, John Crosbie

Votes: 1,003

38. The Glass House (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

The fringes of Iranian society can be a lonely place, especially if you are a teenage girl with few resources to fall back on. Finding Home follows four girls striving to pull themselves ... See full summary »

Director: Hamid Rahmanian

Votes: 81

39. The Flower of Kim Jong II (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Drama

44 Metascore

North Korean defectors tell their stories of repression, escape and hope.

Director: N.C. Heikin | Stars: Young Hun Choi, Chol-Hwan Kang, Lee Shin

Votes: 782 | Gross: $0.00M

40. Let's Make Money (2008)

110 min | Documentary

Most of us don't know where their money is. However, one thing is for certain, it's is not in the bank to which we entrusted it. The bank and our money is already a part of the cycle of the global money market.

Director: Erwin Wagenhofer | Stars: Mark Mobius, Mirko Kovats, K. Sujatha Raaju, Gerhard Schwarz

Votes: 1,651

41. Nollywood Babylon (2008)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

Nigeria's film industry, Nollywood, is the third-largest in the world--an unstoppable economic and cultural force that has taken the continent by storm and is now bursting beyond the ... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Addelman, Samir Mallal | Stars: Osita Iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Votes: 200

42. Old Partner (2008)

78 min | Documentary

An elderly farmer lives out his final days with his wife and a loyal ox in the Korean countryside.

Director: Chung-ryoul Lee | Stars: Won-gyoon Choi, Sam-soon Lee

Votes: 387

43. Prom Night in Mississippi (2009)

90 min | Documentary

A high school in a small-town in Mississippi prepares for its first integrated senior prom.

Director: Paul Saltzman | Stars: Highschool Seniors of Charleston, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 606

44. The Queen and I (2008)

90 min | Documentary

Filmmaker and Iranian exile Nahid Persson Sarvestani talks with the widow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the late Shah of Iran, who was overthrown in 1979.

Director: Nahid Persson | Stars: Farah Pahlavi, Nahid Persson, Zinat S. Lloyd, Reza Tiregar

Votes: 516