Sundance Institute, Ross McDonnell, Associated Press
This photo provided by courtesy of the Sundance Institute shows, Joseph Fiennes, left, and Nicole Kidman, in a scene from Parker Pictures Productions presents "Strangerland" a film by Kim Farrant, Films in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival’s competitive categories feature such stars as Sarah Silverman, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kidman. Festival organizers revealed the slate of films Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, by American and international directors that will be in competition at the independent-film showcase in January 2015.

LOS ANGELES — Films in next month's Sundance Film Festival's competitive categories feature such stars as Sarah Silverman, Michael Fassbender, Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman.

Festival organizers revealed the slate of films Wednesday by American and international directors that will be in competition at the independent-film showcase, which runs Jan. 21-31.

Silverman shows her dramatic side as a mom falling apart in the U.S. film "I Smile Back." Fassbender appears in a drama from New Zealand called "Slow West." Ejiofor and Pine share the screen in the American tale "Z for Zachariah." Kidman stars in the Australian film "Strangerland," set to play on the festival's opening day: Jan. 22, 2015.

Sundance selections compete in U.S. and world dramatic and documentary categories.

Online:

http://www.sundance.org/festivals/sundance-film-festival