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SUNDANCE 2010 : Habib Azar's ARMLESS

Here's the trailer and several stills for the dark comedy Armless, which will be premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The indie pic is from first time feature director Habib Azar, who has been paying his dues on the soap As the World Turns for the last four years. Adapted from his the play of the same name, scribe Kyle Jarrow, also served as a producer.

Armless stars Daniel London (Rent, Patch Adams) as John, a man who leaves his wife (Janel Moloney) when he has the compulsive desire to cut off his arms.

Here's the official synopsis:

ARMLESS tells the story of a man who suffers from Body Integrity Identity Disorder. When he leaves his wife and goes to find a doctor willing to amputate his arms, it triggers a twisted romp filled with mistaken identities, missed chances, and tragic consequences. ARMLESS utilizes the structure of a classic farce, combining it with a darkly philosophical tone. It also explores the ways in which a culture with so much wealth can come to fetishize suffering. But at its heart, ARMLESS is a fable about acceptance -- a meditation on trust, love and marriage.

The film looks every bit the low-budget indie flick that it is -- at times it seems like a sitcom on BBC minus the accents -- but I'm more than intrigued with this debut effort. It looks promising. The concept alone makes me a bit squeamish and London's lost-in-his-own-head dead pan stare looks to be well developed. I'll be sure to check this one out at Sundance.

Check out the trailer and pics and let us know what you think.

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