5 Buzzed-About Films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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If you’re an up-and-coming filmmaker — or just a big film fan — then the annual Sundance Film Festival has been the place to be for the last 30 years. This year’s festival is shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet, and several films have already earned major buzz and major distribution deals. Here are five films that have made waves at Sundance 2014.

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1. Whiplash

Vulture calls Whiplash Sundance’s “strongest opening film in years,” and by all accounts, the film’s premiere brought down the house in Park City, Utah, on Thursday. Writer and director Damien Chazelle debuted a short version of Whiplash at last year’s Sundance festival, where it won the Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction. This year, Chazelle came back with a feature-length film starring Miles Teller as a drumming prodigy and J.K. Simmons as his tyrannical jazz band instructor; the film is about the power struggle between the two creative minds. Whiplash has already been picked up by Sony Pictures, which will distribute the film internationally.

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