Sundance Film Festival: Line-up Announced

Once again, the Sundance Film Festival are venturing to sunny Utah to display a new line up of films in the heart of Picturehouse Central. There will be fourteen films seen across the four-day programme.

The Big Sick

The film is based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon. Emily discovers she has a mysterious illness, leaving her parents and Kumail to deal with the medical crisis.

Newness

This film is about a couple in modern Los Angeles, starring Nicholas Hoult, which presents the world of online dating and the social media-driven culture of relationships. It mainly focuses on the evolving world of online dating apps.

Newness

Mudbound

Mudbound is an account of two men who return home after World War II to work on a farm in Mississippi and battle racism. Its tropical setting is sure to generate interest in viewers.

Mudbound

Landline

Comedy it-girl Jenny Slate, stars in a story that represents two sisters in 1990s New York who discover their father is having an affair, at a time where mobile phones and social media didn’t exist.

The Hero

This film stars Sam Elliott as Lee Hayden, a western singer. It conveys him trying to relive the glory days until he receives a worrying cancer diagnosis.

The Hero

City of Ghosts

Oscar-nominated Matt Heineman stars in this new documentary City of Ghosts which focuses on a group of anonymous journalists who are brought together after their homeland is taken over by ISIS. This film tackles the terrifying yet relevant issue of terrorism.

Wind River

This thriller starring Jeremy Renner, presents a Fish and Game Department employee called Renner who finds a dead teenage girl in the woods and attempts to uncover and find those responsible for her dead.

The New Radical

This film looks at Millennials in the USA and the UK who fight for freedom and challenge economic structures despite risk of incarceration. It looks at young radical thinkers and how they push the boundaries for free speech through the use of the internet.

Step

This features as a universal story about women of colour and female empowerment. The dancers of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women are determined to graduate for college.

Step

Icarus

This film was an experiment to test the impact of performance-enhancing drugs. The climatic point being where Byran Fogel, the lead playing ‘Jewtopia,’ connects with a Russian scientist in the country’s anti-doping lab.

Thoroughbred

Playwright Cory Finley focuses on Connecticut teenagers, Amanda and Lily, who are childhood friends. They both construct a sinister plan to kill Lily’s stepfather.

Thoroughbred

The Polka King

This film is a comedy telling the true story of Polish émigré, Jan Lewan, who rose from being a store owner to becoming the ‘King of Pennsylvania Polka’ and creating the only known Polka Ponzi Scheme in history.

Fun Mom Dinner

This film is another comedy similar to the film Bad Moms. This follows lawyer and mother Emily, played by Katie Aselton, and her group of friends who take a break from their jobs to have a wild night out.

Fun Mom Dinner

Fun Mom Dinner

The festival this year is slightly different from last year’s as for the first time at Sundance film festival, London will be likening themselves to other festivals by accounting a ‘surprise film’. People can buy their tickets for it, not knowing the film, which will then be revealed when the opening title rolls. Ticket bookings were released on the 5th of May, keep an eye out! We know we will be!


Text: Sophia Georghiou

Images: Indiwire, media2

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