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Fassbender comedy for Sundance UK

Michael Fassbender's new comedy Frank is among the movies selected for the line-up of the Sundance London film festival.

Frank sees the star of 12 Years A Slave and X Men: First Class - often seen in brooding or dark dramas - in the title role of the oddball comedy about the eccentric frontman of a pop band who hides his identity behind his Frank Sidebottom persona. Frank was the comedy alter ego of London musician and comedian Chris Sievey, who performed wearing a large cartoon papier mache head.

Frank also stars About Time's Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Other indie films being showcased at Sundance London include spoof romantic comedy They Came Together, starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, dark drama The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds as a disturbed man with a talking cat and dog, and drama Little Accidents, starring Elizabeth Banks.

Also in the line-up is the award-winning Fruitvale Station, with Octavia Spencer and Michael B Jordan, which tells the true story of Oscar Grant III, a resident in a gritty area of California, and the last hours of his life before he was shot on New Year's Day in 2009.

Michael Winterbottom, Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan's The Trip sequel, The Trip In Italy, which is about to air on BBC Two, will also be shown as it is to be released cinematically outside of the UK.

Sundance London, which also features short films, documentaries and music, is a spin-off of Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival, which takes place every year in Park City, Utah.

It will run from April 25 to 27 at The O2 in London.

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