All eyes of impassioned film fans will be on the snowy enclave of Park City, Utah come January as 110 independent films from 29 countries will screen at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The line-up has just been announced, and we’re especially intrigued as Sundance Film Festival: London will return to Picturehouse Central in the summer.
Picturehouse Central will play host to the London edition of the festival for the third time next year, and will bring favourites from the US event to audiences across the pond. So what indie film delights may make their way to the Big Smoke come the summer?
In the U.S. Dramatic Competition – the festival’s main award – we look forward to British filmmaker Bart Layton’s follow-up to 2012’s documentary hit The Imposter; his new film American Animals is billed as an art heist thriller. There’s also directorial turns by eminent actors Ethan Hawke (Blaze)and Paul Dano (Wildlife) in this category, while Idris Elba’s Yardie has been selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
Brooklynite filmmaker Desiree Akhavan follows her sparkling 2014 feature debut Appropriate Behaviour with the nineties-set The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, which is based on Emily Danforth’s acclaimed and controversial coming-of-age novel.
This festival includes films from 47 first-time directors, representing 29 countries. Themes of women’s issues and black lives matter dominate the programme as reported by Variety. Audiences can always rely on Sundance to reflect contemporary concerns with its programming – and 2018 promises to ignite essential debate.
World premieres will be illuminating Park City. Filmmaking brothers David and Nathan Zellner (Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter) have Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska in tow for an idiosyncratic Western trip, Damsel. Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill lead a starry cast in Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot, while Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke appear in Nick Hornby adaptation and Judd Apatow production Juliet, Naked.
The U.S. Documentary Competition often rears delights such as Icarus, the Audience Award winner at 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London. As you may expect, this year’s selection appears highly politicised with topics covering landmark lawsuits, dark money in politics and child slavery.
You can browse the full line-up on the Sundance website. There’s a deluge of titles to be excited about – no matter what your taste. Personally, I’m keen to see if British filmmaker Jim Hoskin’s follow up to last year’s impressively filthy The Greasy Strangler will be quite so depraved; An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin features an eclectic cast including Aubrey Plaza, Matt Berry and Jermaine Clement. But what excites me most is the thought of some the best films of the festival screening at Picturehouse Central next year.
Watch this space for Sundance Film Festival: London announcements, including dates and Festival Passes going on sale.