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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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