Sundance 2010: First Images from 3 BACKYARDS, Diego Luna’s ABEL, BLUE VALENTINE Starring Ryan Gosling, DOUCHEBAG, HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE, and NIGHT CATCHES US

     December 6, 2009

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As we move closer to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the first glimpses of movies playing at the festival are arriving online.  Since there are so many, we’ve decided to group them into a single article for your viewing pleasure.  The films we’ve included in this group are 3 Backyards starring Edie Falco and Elias Koteas; Abel directed by Diego Luna; Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams; Douchebag, which just has a catchy title; HappyThankYouMorePlease starring Kate Mara, Malin Akerman, Richard Jenkins, Tony Hale, and Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) who also wrote and directed the film; and Night Catches Us starring Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie.  Hit the jump for the first images as well as brief synopses for all of these movies.

The 2010 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 21-31st.

All synopses are via the Sundance Film Festival.

3 BACKYARDS, directed by Eric Mendelsohn (Judy Berlin)

Synopsis: The story of three people from the same suburban town during the course of one curious autumn day.

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ABEL, directed by Diego Luna (starred in Y Tu Mama Tambien and Milk)

Synopsis: About a peculiar young boy who, as he blurs reality and fantasy, takes over the responsibilities of a family man in his father’s absence

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BLUE VALENTINE, directed by Derek Cianfrance (Metalhead)

Synopsis: The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods

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DOUCHEBAG, directed by Drake Doremus (Spooner)

Synopsis: On the verge of getting married, Sam Nussbaum insists he escort his younger brother, Tom, on a wild goose chase of a journey to find Tom’s fifth grade girlfriend.

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HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE, directed by Josh Radnor (stars in How I Met Your Mother)

Synopsis: Follows six New Yorkers dealing with love, friendship, and gratitude at a time when they’re too old to be precocious and not ready to be adults.

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NIGHT CATCHES US, directed by Tanya Hamilton

Synopsis: In 1976, complex political and emotional forces are set in motion when a young man returns to the race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age during the Black Power movement.

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