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Next year's independent film festival in Utah will show films ranging from true life drama The Surrogate, about a man with an iron lung, to a documentary about Chinese artist Ai Weiwei

Some may follow in the footsteps of celebrated films such as An Education, Precious and American Splendor and go on to mainstream glory, while others are destined never to achieve so much as a distribution deal. The Sundance film festival, Robert Redford's annual celebration of independent film-making, yesterday revealed its competition lineup for January's event, which will take place as usual in Park City, Utah.

Debuting in the 16-strong dramatic competition are films starring Michael Cera, Paul Dano, Helen Hunt and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, while the documentary section features another 16 movies on subjects such as Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei and the tax avoidance schemes of large Us companies. The world cinema drama section features »

- Ben Child

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