, which begins Thursday evening and runs through Jan. 26, is not only the nation's top showcase for independent film but also one of the biggest marketplaces for movies made outside the studio system.
Scores of acquisition executives from the biggest distributors of specialized cinema -- including Fox Searchlight and
What are the hottest titles at this year's gathering?
We polled several leading distributors and asked them what were Sundance's must-see movies, including documentaries. Above, with the festival's capsule descriptions, are the consensus picks.