Sex, politics and Steve Jobs highlight Sundance Film Festival

Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:02am EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Movie executives and first-time directors trudging through the snow this year at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah will find tales of pornography and sex addiction awaiting them, in a trend to show more skin at Robert Redford's annual film showcase.

Showing in theaters alongside the Steve Jobs biopic "jOBS," festival goers can catch a movie about porn star Linda Lovelace, played by Amanda Seyfried in "Lovelace," and British soft porn publishing magnate Paul Raymond, played by Steve Coogan in Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love."

"Sexuality and sexual relationships are an area that people are naturally interested in but it has been so taboo that there haven't been a lot of films that get into the complexities of it," Trevor Groth, the festival's director of programming, told Reuters.

"Now those audiences are hungry for them," he added, "and filmmakers are feeling confident that there's an audience for those stories."

One of the hotly anticipated premieres is comedy "Don Jon's Addiction," actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut about a porn addict who tries to change his ways. It opens on Friday.

Gordon-Levitt, who plays the title role leads a star-studded cast including Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore, who play two women who help the porn addict become less selfish.

In its 35th year, the annual Sundance Film Festival, held in the snowy streets of Park City, Utah, has become a launch pad for low-budget films and unknown stars in films that need investors.

Co-founded in 1978 by actor-director Redford, this year's 119 films were culled from 12,000 submissions. The ten-day festival, starting on January 17, showcases the films in competitions and low-key premieres that serve as an antidote to Hollywood's glittering awards season.   Continued...