Yesterday, we reported the list of films playing in the Premieres category at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Today, images for some of these films have come online including The Extra Man starring Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes, and John C. Reilly; and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating starring Hoffman and Amy Ryan. I’m particularly excited for The Extra Man because writer-directors Robert Pulicini and Shari Springer Berman’s American Splendor was one of my favorite films of 2003. As for Jack Goes Boating, I’m interested in seeing what Hoffman can do on the other side of the camera and I’m always happy to see Amy Ryan.
Check out images and the official synopsis for each film after the jump. The 2010 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 21-31st.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Extra Man:
Louis Ives (Dano) fancies himself a hero in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. He favors neckties, blue blazers, and sport coats. After an embarrassing incident involving a brassiere fetish, he loses his teaching job at a Princeton prep school and heads to New York to fulfill his dream of becoming a writer. In New York, he rents a room in the madly discombobulated apartment of Henry Harrison (Kline), a failed but brilliant playwright who dances alone to old Broadway records, sneaks into the opera, and performs, with great style, the duties of an “extra man” — an escort for the rich widows of the Upper East Side. While Louis dreams of escorting dowagers himself one day, he becomes infatuated with Mary (Holmes), a socially-aware co-worker at the environmental magazine where he is employed and befriends Gershon (Reilly), Henry’s hirsute musical neighbor. The two men (Kline and Dano), separated in age by more than forty years, eventually develop an irascibl mentor/apprentice relationship, and they form a bond the depths of which is hardly expected.
Here’s the official synopsis for Jack Goes Boating:
“Jack Goes Boating” is adapted from the well-received off-Broadway production written by Bob Glaudini and originally produced by LAByrinth Theater Company. Oscar®-nominee Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”) is slated to star opposite Hoffman while John Ortiz (“American Gangster”) and Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s “Rent”) reprise their stage roles in the film. The ensemble piece, which debuted at Hoffman’s and Ortiz’s LAByrinth Theater Company, is an unconventional romantic comedy set in New York City.