2009 Sundance Spotlight: An Education and Rudo y Cursi

While I won't be heading down to the 2009 Sundance Film Festival this year, I will be sorting through the humongous pile of festival entries to share with you some of the films I think look most promising. From quirky documentaries to talented young filmmaker debuts to a potential runaway hit, Sundance is filled with entertainment possibilities. Here are today's selections:

An Education
Actress Carey Mulligan is getting a lot of attention at Sundance this year, as she's promoting not one but two films that both are receiving good buzz. I've already mentioned one of those films, The Greatest, but the other film seems truly destined for big things: An Education. The cast includes Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, and Emma Thompson and the screenplay comes from About a Boy scribe Nick Hornby. The movie, about a girl coming of age in 1960s London, has already been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics and critics are raving.

A gallery of photos from this hot flick and a rundown of another big Sundance film follow after the jump. Just read more.

Rudo y Cursi
The silver screen reunion du jour is Kate and Leo in Revolutionary Road but I'm personally giddy about the opportunity to see the stars of Y Tu Mamá También acting together again. Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna are two of my favorite actors, and I find them totally irresistible together. They're starring in a movie about two brothers who leave their small Mexican village to become soccer superstars. It's getting mixed buzz, but most seem to think it's cute. One reviewer said that it "scores from every angle: comic, personal, and cross-cultural."

The following trailer is not subtitled but, no matter: It's a tale that unfolds visually even if you can't understand the words:

Photos courtesy of Sundance