One Michael Fassbender. One Giant Ceramic Head. It's Sundance 2014.

The line-up for the Sundance Film Festival 2014 has been announced and boy, oh boy, there's some tasty selections. The most interesting of which comes in the form of Lenny Abrahamson's movie Frank, in which Oscar-contender Michael Fassbender plays a musical genius with who wears a giant ceramic - or papier mache - head. 

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender Stars in 'Frank'

"His character wears a giant ceramic head the entire film, so you've got this [actor] who can basically take any film role out there and he takes one where he hides his face," says John Cooper, director of Sundance, "A brave choice from someone who's known for his brave choices."

Frank - The first look!Can you see a resemblance?

Fassbender plays the mysterious leader of an indie band featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhall Gleeson. Though there's nothing official on paper, the lead character is clearly based on the late Manchester comedian Chris Sievy's classic creation Frank Sidebottom, who toured the pubs and clubs of Britain singing covers and telling jokes whilst wearing a huge ceramic head.

Chris Sievey died in June 2010 at the age of 54, having been diagnosed with cancer.

Frank is scripted by Jon Ronson, author of The Men Who Stare At Goats, and Peter Straughan who co-wrote the screenplay for that film as well asTinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Domhnall GleesonDomnhall Gleeson Co-Stars in 'Frank'

Elsewhere on the Sundance 2014 bill, we have Rory Kennedy's Last Days of Vietnam, which investigates the U.S. orders to evacuate only American personnel as Saigon fell to the Communists. 

Mitt Romney makes an appearance in a documentary by Greg Whitely, while another documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball follows the story of the Portland Mavericks, an independent minor-league baseball team founded by actor Bing Russell in the 1970s.

Next year's Sundance Film Festival will run from Thursday 16 January to Sunday 26 January 2014.


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